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Nurturing a Righteous Ummah through Islamic, Evidence-Based, Family – Centred & Trauma-Informed Childbirth Education

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MEET YOUR TEACHER

assalaamu alaykum,

I’m Zaahida

I have given birth 3 times in different settings and had my own personal experiences of birth trauma and perinatal and postpartum depression.

I can truly say that I know the far-reaching effects of the lack of availability of evidence-based childbirth information in our community, and a supportive network of like-minded birthing mothers and families and even more so, a huge gap for something that caters specifically to the needs of Muslim families.

I have taken my learnings from my births, my teaching experience and my continued studying, Islamic Studies, birth and bereavement training and various forms of personal development and alternative medicine therapies in order to fill this gap and to formulate a method to support Expectant Muslim parents in experiencing an informed birth & raising thriving and happy families.

I grew up learning about Essential Oils from my late Mom who was an Aromatherapist.

I obtained a Diploma in Arabic & Islamic Studies from Madrasatus Saalihaat Arabic Girls College, Port Elizabeth in 2009 and taught the same for over 10 years.

I have always had a fascination with Midwifery and Birth. I love taking complicated concepts and simplifying them, as well as using technology and the internet to make learning fun and interactive for adults. Since my first pregnancy, I have been researching and writing about Islam, wellness, homebirth, labour, birth, parenting tips and advice over the past 5 years. 

After having my 3rd baby at home I fell in love with birth even more, and trained as a Labour & Birth Doula through WOMBS (Women Offering Mothers Birth Support) in 2017.

I attended training in using Homeopathic remedies in the home through Dr Chiquita Vosloo from Natura, and Pharmacist and owner of Pegasus Homeopathics, Ian Wheeler.

Then later started training as a Childbirth Educator in November 2018 through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), with Bonita Katz, former President, and was certified in April 2021.

I spent a year studying Traditional Holistic Midwifery with Ruth Ehrhardt, who is a Certified Professional Midwife and student of Ina May Gaskin & Michelle Odent, a French Obstetrician.

I am a member of DOSA (Doulas of South Africa), Evidence-Based Birth Professionals, occasionally assist with marketing and admin for IMASA Islamic Medical Association SA – Port Elizabeth Branch, am a committee member of SADAA (South African Doulas Association & Administration), and I serve as Director of International Relations – South Africa Representative for the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) as well as working on the scholarship committee.

My mission is to make good–quality, professional, evidence-based, family–centred information and resources more readily available.

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Did you know:

1 IN 6 WOMEN IN 1ST WORLD COUNTRIES REPORTED BEING MISTREATED WHILE IN LABOUR.

This included ‘’loss of autonomy, being shouted at, scolded, or threatened, and being ignored, refused, or receiving no response to requests for help”.

This was more common among women of colour, lower socioeconomic status, and women under 30. What do you think the statistics will look like in 3rd world countries?

The only way there will be change is to start educating ourselves about the rights of a birthing woman and her family and taking a stand for it.

In saying this, I don’t necessarily mean litigations and kicking up a fuss, but rather knowing your preferences and communicating them respectfully beforehand.  

IN A RECENT STUDY 1 IN 7 WOMEN SUFFERED FROM POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

And did you know that up to 1 in 10 fathers suffer from Postpartum Depression?

This has nothing to do with the physiology of a male or his hormones, but rather the stress of having a baby.

This rate can increase to 1 in 2 for the fathers when the mother suffers from Postpartum Depression.

This doesn’t have to be you and your family

When couples take time to learn about childbirth early, this can prevent trauma & depression, and build a healthy marriage & strong family.

Childbirth educators understand that birth is a normal life event that deserves a family–centred circle of care for the birthing woman and her family. 

We focus on wellness, health promotion, knowledge of informed consent, evidence-based care, and the use of nonmedical and self-care techniques to encourage a normal physiologic pregnancy, labour, and birth. 

Consulting with a childbirth educator doesn’t in any way replace consultation with your primary healthcare provider.

Rather we work as part of a team which includes the birthing mother, family, healthcare providers including midwives and doulas, and community resources. 

The key person in this circle, being the birthing mother.

She is compassionate towards her clients and passionate about her profession

I have had the honour of working with Ms Joel and can recommend her to any birthing centre as an excellent doula. She is compassionate towards her clients and passionate about her profession.

Sulitha Dyason

Advanced midwife, West End mou

Our Vision

  • To improve birth outcomes for all families globally despite colour, language, ethnicity, socioeconomic status. 
  • To decrease perinatal and birth trauma
  • To decrease Post Partum Depression and anxiety
  • To decrease the divorce rate
  • To promote healthy, peaceful, conscious and thriving Muslim family relationships.

...so knowledgeable and always seeking to learn even more

You are such a sensitive, wise woman. I am always so impressed with your dedication to your studies and work. You are so knowledgeable and always seeking to learn even more. You are a loving and caring woman, your caring nature always comes across strongly. The world needs midwives like you! With Love and Blessings always,  

Nicola Thomson, Doula at Doula Care Paris

Her teaching gives families the kind of healthy beginning that has a positive influence on the rest of their lives

To be effective in this field, it is necessary to have both accurate information and compassion. Zaahida excels in both. Her teaching gives families the kind of healthy beginning that has a positive influence on the rest of their lives.

Bonita Katz

BA, RN, ICCE, ICBD, IAT, Former President, ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association)

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I’m pleased and proud that with all the information, support and help Zaahida offered, I had my healing birth

Working with Zaahida has given me ease of mind before labour and plenty of reassurance to trust myself and my body’s capabilities to birth my baby. Before, I was unsure and nervous about the unknown and birthing alone previously was nerve-wracking“

“…now I’m pleased and proud that with all the information, support and help Zaahida offered, I had my healing birth

Anke Oberem

Zaahida has perfected the art of conveying her extensive knowledge & skills as a birth worker

Zaahida has perfected the art of conveying her extensive knowledge & skills as a birth worker in a way that is admirable & inspiring to those who work alongside her. Her dedication & commitment to empowering families, is the driving force for her passion towards her work and she is often found going the extra mile for her clients. She is reliable & resourceful as a colleague and is always keen to educate & lend an ear to a doula in need of a good debrief session. I have learned many constructive tools from working with her and I regard her as a mentor of both theory & experience.

Naa’ilah Lawrence, Doula

She gave me information about what to expect in labour that I never heard of before

What a wonderful person she was…Zaahida was so supportive. She gave me information about what to expect in labour that I never heard of before…she made me feel relaxed and calm even though I was stressed

Ameena De Jager
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...always learning, sharing, caring and supporting the birthing community around you

I am in awe of your groundedness in your faith, of always learning, sharing, caring and supporting the birthing community around you. Paving the way into birthing institutions in your area by your humble example and work ethic. I know you through many channels and was so happy to share this Silent Midwifery course with you. I love interacting with you on all these platforms and our long distance friendship is of great value to me. I can’t wait to meet you face to face one day  

Cathie Bruno, Doula at Birth Space

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