Postpartum Basket

Nurturing new moms and babies is such a joy! I put together this postpartum basket for a new mama recently, and I had a lot of requests for the recipes.  Here are a few of them. All of them are based off the teaching of the late Ysha Oakes, whom I studied with, and who was passionate about preserving the […]

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What’s In My Bag? – Midwives Edition

I’m going to show you the contents of my bags in the hopes that you will see that birth, in all its complexities, is at it’s core, really simple. Mainly, I need something to listen to baby’s heart, sterile instruments, clean gloves, sterile gauze, a few medications, and a scale (because we’re all dying to know how big that baby […]

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Eat and Drink: Quranic Advice for Birthing Mothers

        EDIT: I originally wrote this post in 2010, the evidence has STILL not caught up to the practice. Yesterday the American Society of Anesthesiologists released a statement reiterating that, “most healthy women would benefit from a light meal during labor.” In the hopes that this time it sticks, I’m republishing this post!   Then labor pains […]

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Sitz Bath Herbs for Postpartum Comfort

Recently, I had a mother who had terrible hemorrhoids after her baby. Her birth postpartum was smooth, other than these painful hemorrhoids!  Sitz bath herbs are wonderful for tears, swelling, soreness, and yes, hemorrhoids.  The only problem, she didn’t have any on hand, and she needed some, now!  She did however, have a plentiful backyard garden.  So at 10 o’clock […]

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Sunnah Beard Balm

  I know, I’m a midwife. Why would I post a recipe on beard balm?  If I want to stay in business, I have to keep the beards looking good right?  This beard balm keeps beards moisturized and neat. It also smells amazing.  And if you use the optional sandalwood essential oil, it can even prevent gray hairs from forming […]

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Ramadan Reflections: The Impossibility of Birth

    “And comparing the expanse of the world into which a man enters on death is like comparing the spaciousness of the world to the womb; only it is wider and greater”–Al-Ghazili in The Book of Patience and Thankfulness It’s always a blessing to witness a birth, but as with everything in Ramadan, this blessing becomes manifold. This has […]

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Eat, Drink and Be Content – My Birth Story

The gray area of when labor starts is rarely heralded by a neat “5 min apart, lasting 1 minute, for at least 1 hour”, otherwise known as 511, but, shhh, don’t tell my midwifery clients.  As a midwife, I can tell it in the puffed faces of my beautiful mothers, their mental desperation and physical distress at a state that […]

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Pushing Oil

Edited for clarity:  It has been brought to my attention, that some people refer to “conehead” as the molding of the baby’s head.  A baby’s skull bones are flexible, and at times overlap, in order to aid baby in navigating the dimensions of it’s mother’s pelivs. This herbal oil, will in no way prevent that!  That is a beneficial adaptation […]

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Fasting Ramadan: A Mother’s Guide

Ramadan’s many lights and gifts will be here in a matter of weeks. One of the questions I am often asked by pregnant and nursing women is whether or not they should fast in Ramadan. This post is not meant to encourage or discourage women from fasting, rather it is to provide information that can help mothers stay healthy if they decide to undertake even a few days of fasting.Many women say that they would rather fast when everyone else is fasting instead of making their fasts up later. If you are one of those women, I hope this can help prepare you physically for the fast of Ramadan.

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Cod Liver Oil for Beautiful Babies

When you’re trying to conceive, you’ll try anything to make it happen. Simultaneously, you will down herbs that taste like compost, do a headstand (because it delivers circulation to ‘ze ovaries), chant affirmations about your self worth, and of course, look hot for your partner at just the right time of the month.  I’ve been there, and then some.  In […]

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