Blessed Start

Online Childbirth Education Course

Learn How to Make Your Birth a Sacred Act of Worship

In AMANI Birth’s Blessed Start Course, you will get more than evidence-based information and comprehensive education about pregnancy and birth, you will prepare mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually for this incredibly significant life event, as someone Our Creator Allah (SWT) has beautifully designed to carry, birth, and feed your baby.

Empower Yourself with Knowledge

During your AMANI Birth childbirth education journey, you will feel empowered and build confidence, insha’Allah, so that you can make informed decisions during pregnancy, labor, birth, and early parenthood, rather than passively accept unnecessary routine procedures. Knowledge is power and preparation is key!

Enjoy Your Status as a Mother

In Islam, becoming a mother is the most revered status a woman can have. AMANI Birth seeks to highlight that respect and honor for the mother’s role especially during her most vulnerable moments. Her birth team should be carefully selected and trained to support her birth plan and wishes. Part of this process involves having a partner who knows how to advocate and protect the mother when needed. In the AMANI Birth’s Blessed Start Course, we make sure to include the husband as the key person who can be the mother’s advocate during labor and birth, especially in those moments when she might not be able to speak for herself.

Sign Up for Your First Session!

We are excited to invite you to join our upcoming class that begins on May 30th with access to online content and your first live session, insha’Allah. 

For our first cohort of parents who will be taking the initial pilot, we are giving an incredibly discounted price of only $137 USD — that’s $260 off the regular price of $397!

Also, further discounted prices at $17, $37, and $67 USD are available based on your country. Check out our zoned-based pricing here!

Register for the free introductory module now to see if the Blessed Start Course is right for you!

Course Features

  • Curriculum designed by a Certified Professional Midwife and a Master of Education
  • 24/7 access to course content for one year
  • Live sessions facilitated by a Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Private forum and chat group for parents moderated by the course facilitator
  • Inclusion of fathers in exercises and activities
  • Printable parent journal & slides for notes
  • Privacy of your home & no long commutes

What You'll Get

You’ll have an empowered birth experience. For most mothers, this means feeling confident and ready when the big day comes, insha’Allah. You’ll have taken all the means possible to prepare for birth and will have selected care providers who respect your wishes and honor your role as the mother, insha’Allah. You’ll know how to try your best for natural birth and minimize interventions as much as possible, based on your unique situation.

You’ll get your questions answered. AMANI Birth’s Blessed Start Course is evidence-based and all content is reviewed by a Certified Professional Midwife and Doula. You won’t be left guessing what’s best for you and your baby. You will gain the skills to make informed decisions when faced with options.

You’ll be supported. Preparing for birth is a lot easier when you have a supportive group cheering you on! You’ll get to be part of a growing community of AMANI Birth parents who can get advice and support from each other and from AMANI Certified Childbirth Educators and Doulas.

You can share with your partner. The format makes it easy to review specific topics with your husband or other support person so you can learn together and discuss key takeaways. The content and exercises can serve as a means to have a productive dialogue about your needs, priorities, and plans.

You’ll have fun! No long, boring lectures here. Our course is made mostly of short, topic-based videos that use images and animations to make the content engaging.

You can watch anywhere. Our course can stream from your phone, tablet, or computer wherever you have an internet connection. You can pause and start again where you left off whenever it’s convenient for you.

You can connect with Islam. The AMANI Birth’s Blessed Start Course is open to families of all faiths, however, founded in Islamic principles. No where else will you find such a beautiful link between science and deen (religion). Enjoy your journey with highlights from Qur’an, hadeeth and sunnah (teachings of Islam) and discover the miracles of the childbearing journey waiting for you in Islam. 

Here's Our Course Overview

Before taking the full course, completion of the the AMANI Birth Blessed Start Free Introductory Module is required. Registration is 100% FREE! You’ll get a preview of the complete course with no obligation to enroll. Sign up now!

Once you’ve completed the free introductory module, in the AMANI Birth Blessed Start Course, we’ll walk you through preparing physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for your birth over 10 weeks, insha’Allah. The course includes 20 modules which unlock weekly according to the following schedule, which has been carefully planned to build your knowledge gradually without being overwhelmed.

Week One

Mother's Needs in Pregnancy
Pregnancy Exercise

Week Two

Physiology of Pregnancy
Pregnancy Nutrition

Week Three

The Purpose of Labor
Stages of Labor

Week Four

The Role of Hormones
Mother's Needs in Labor and Birth

Week Five

Overview of Labor and Birth
Working with Your Body

Week Six

Protecting Your Birth Environment
Intuition

Week Seven

Birth Team Roles
Birthing Positions

Week Eight

Complications
Minimizing Medical Interventions

Week Nine

Making the Birth Plan
Labor Practice

Week Ten

After Birth Care
Breastfeeding and Baby Care

Meet the Creator & Founder of AMANI Birth

Aisha Al Hajjar, MSM, CPM

Assalaamu’alaikum! I’m Aisha Al Hajjar, founder of AMANI Birth, author of the AMANI Birth book and the AMANI Birth Quick Guide for Fathers, and the creator of the Blessed Start curriculum. AlhamduliLlah, I have a master’s degree in midwifery, I’m a Certified Professional Midwife and Doula, and I’ve given birth eight times naturally myself. I was concerned about the lack of information and knowledge about natural birth in Muslim communities and set out to create a childbirth education program that was not only evidence-based but respectful of Islamic values. I’ve trained over 900 childbirth educators and doulas based on the AMANI Birth philosophy since 2012, while attending numerous mothers in birth along the way. My vision is for all mothers to be able to have an AMANI birth, where their wishes are respected and their role as a mother is honored.

Meet the Blessed Start Course Facilitator

Muna Quach, EdM, CHC, AMANI

Assalaamu’alaikum! I’m Muna Quach, mother of four, AMANI Birth Online Course Content Manager, and an AMANI Birth Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula. I am also a certified pregnancy health coach and have a master of education from Harvard University, alhamduliLlah. I’m producing the content for Blessed Start while also serving as the Course Facilitator for the first rollout of the course. I have been providing mentoring and coaching to women and girls for over 20 years, including childbirth education and health coaching for families since 2017. I have a special interest in Learner Experience Design (LXD) and I’m also passionate about facilitating transformative and relevant educational experiences for mothers, so they can feel empowered when making choices and also give themselves the attention, care, and love they deserve. I look forward to supporting you and getting your feedback as you prepare for a blessed start in life for you and your baby, insha’Allah!

About the Blessed Start Pilot

We are excited to roll out the AMANI Birth Blessed Start course! You can be amongst the first group of parents to experience this dynamic online journey. The first week’s content will unlock on May 30 on the same day the first live session with Muna is scheduled to take place, insha’Allah. Because it’s the first time offering the course, we will look forward to your feedback, as we will be actively incorporating your experiences as the course progresses. 

Catch this amazing deal!! For the first cohort of parents taking the initial pilot, you’ll be getting comprehensive, Islamic faith-based childbirth education at an incredibly discounted price of only $137! 

Check out the free introduction now, completely risk-free.

Making the Course Accessible Around the World 🌎 🌍 🌏

We acknowledge that mothers living in lower-income countries deserve the opportunity to access our content, so we’ve set prices accordingly. Take a look at our price zones below to see how much the course costs in your country (based on your billing address). The discount listed is the current offer for the upcoming Blessed Start pilot insha’Allah.

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Chile, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Rep. Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Saint Maarten (Dutch part), Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin (French part), Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, North Macedonia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Venezuela

Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia

Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe

FAQ

Here are some answers to common questions about the course.

We estimate each module’s main video content to be roughly 30 minutes long with some additional videos for certain topics. The total course content would be around 10-12 hours in length insha’Allah. You can expect to spend about one to two hours per week to watch the videos at your own pace and do some of the corresponding activities. You will also have about one hour per week for discussion and Q&A in the live session with the course facilitator. If you miss the live session, the recording will be uploaded online for you to review later.

We currently accept a one-time payment by debit/credit card or PayPal worldwide (where available), and bank transfers in Egypt, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the USA. The “Direct Bank Transfer” payment option will be available when you check out. For bank payments, please be sure to include a reference to your full name and order number.

You will have one year (365 days) from the time you enroll to access the course content.

In the current format for the upcoming pilot, 10 weeks of content will unlock weekly starting on May 30 and be supported by a course facilitator through live sessions, a course forum, & a chat group. Your access will continue until 365 days after your time of enrollment insha’Allah.

Of course! We highly encourage expectant fathers to watch alongside their wives. AlhamduliLlah, the AMANI Birth Blessed Start course is designed to be informative for mothers and their husbands, as well as any family members or support persons they want to have preparing alongside them for their upcoming birth.

Absolutely! Every pregnancy and birth journey is unique. The AMANI Birth Blessed Start course will give you information you never had before and you will prepare for the most natural birth experience possible, insha’Allah. Whether it’s your first birth journey or 10th, this course is for you! 

If you plan to birth at a hospital, it’s actually even more important that you take this course. You will gain knowledge, practical information, and various tools to help you get through labor and birth in any setting while making informed decisions and being aware of the importance of self advocacy for the birthing mother. Your husband or other birth partners will also be well-prepared to support you and together you will experience the most empowering event of your lives!

Yes, insha’Allah, you’ll learn how to tune into your body and practice various comfort measures you can use to help you relax and get through those toughest moments in labor. It’s especially important to have your support partner prepare and practice with you so they’ll be ready to help when the big event arrives.

***Please note: AMANI Birth encourages planned home births only with the care and assistance of a midwife or other qualified medical care provider. Supporting mothers to birth at home unassisted is not within the scope of practice of AMANI Birth certified doulas.

Yes! The course starts out with supporting mother’s needs in pregnancy and moves on to nutrition and exercise that will benefit all mothers, regardless of the mode of delivery. As you advance through the course you will be able to work and prepare for a natural birth this time around, insha’Allah, as you will learn relevant strategies and tools to prepare for your birth experience. Learning how to self-advocate and choose a supportive care provider are key aspects relevant to VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) mothers. Even if you do end by repeat cesarean, you will do so with knowledge that helps you maintain control of your journey with an understanding of the decisions to be made. At AMANI Birth we truly feel that a C-section can also be an empowering experience with proper knowledge and support. 

Definitely! We believe this valuable content should be available to mothers around the globe!

For now, the Blessed Start Course is only available in English, but we’re working hard to get the content translated into other languages (including Arabic, Indonesian, and Urdu), so mothers who don’t understand English can benefit, too.

We also offer price points commensurate with the economic status of varied countries around the world. 

Yes. In order to access the complete 10-week Blessed Start course, you must first register for and complete the Blessed Start Free Introductory Module, insha’Allah.

There are no other requirements, but we highly recommend mothers to read the AMANI Birth book and fathers to read the AMANI Birth Quick Guide for Fathers to enhance their learning experience. Both are available on our online store.