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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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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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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Ultrasound: Helpful or Harmful?

So, it’s all a little abstract, other than the nausea, and maybe some sore breasts, you are still basically feeling like yourself.  You can’t imagine that in a mere 9 months you will balloon out and eventually birth a baby, one with a personality and a destiny all its own. This is when the siren song of the ultrasounds starts […]

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Baby Treasure Baskets

Have you ever looked at the baby section in toy stores?  Flashing lights, tinny songs, hard plastic, jarring colors, whew, it leaves me overstimulated and cranky, so imagine the effects on baby!   When babies are born, anyone with a beating heart will attest to their spiritual nature, the openness of their being. They absorb our moods, scents, voices and colors.  […]

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Inductions: Just Say, “Wait!”

The other day I realized that I now mark time in terms of babies born. July 2008 brought Maryam, Omar, Julian, and Sofia. If I want to think back to say November 2009, I think of Asiya, Malachi, and Caroline. Living in a season-less California, births mark times and seasons more concretely than weather can. It would be a lie […]

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The Healing Hour

No matter what type of birth you have, the first hour after birth is meant to be savored. Both mother and baby have made it. The hard work is over and the instinctual acts of attachment and bonding are about to begin. Baby has so much work to do, learn to breathe, digest, find the food, etc..but these lessons have […]

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Herbal Fertility Spa

  I have three kids, but I have spent a total of 21 months attempting to get pregnant.  Instead of relinquishing more control with each passing month, I often became more panicked, desperate to find whatever new fertility trick was on the horizon.  Acupuncture, hips piled on top of pillows after each attempt, I’ve even forced my husband to cut […]

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