Allah has created the woman and her body to be capable of amazing things. All is from Allah, and we are there to remind our sisters that Allah never burdens a believer with more than they can handle.
Birth is not a punishment, and can be one of the greatest, most exhilarating moments in a woman’s life. Doulas are there to help the woman embrace this reality and to guide her in working with her body and her mind during this incredible experience; while creating a stronger relationship with Allah.
Witnessing life coming into this world has a profound effect on the heart and soul, and when women are in a calm, nurturing environment it allows them to experience the blessings that surround birth.
A doulas job is to remove the chaos, allowing the woman to tune into her natural instincts. After the woman has birthed her baby, we can ensure she is not interrupted, as she embraces those precious first moments when she meets her baby.
Doulas also remind her to perform all the Islamic rituals that are prescribed in the Sunnah, and offer her honest and sincere breastfeeding advice and support.
We often set up a meal train for the woman so that she may recover well, giving other sisters in the community the opportunity to strengthen the bonds of sisterhood by providing nourishing home-cooked meals to nurture the mother in the first weeks after birth.
Sumayyah (Umm Omar)