Yup, I gave birth at home, and you can click here to read all about it.
My deepest thanks goes to Nadine Ghows for her life-changing Hypnobirthing course, and to Hayati Muzzafar for being our homebirthing doula! You ladies are an inspiration, and such gentle warriors on behalf of birthing women. We are so blessed to have met you both.
InshaAllah, gentle birth practices at home/hospital/birthing centres will become more of a norm in Malaysia and elsewhere around the world.
Published by Raidah Shah Idil
Raidah Shah Idil is a student counsellor, poet, writer, and creative instructor with a passion for YA (young adult), fantasy, sci-fi and detective fiction. She was born in Singapore and moved to Australia at the age of 12. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of New South Wales in 2005.
After working as a marketing copywriter and studying the Islamic Sciences in Amman, Jordan for nearly two years, she returned to Sydney, got married, then moved to Malaysia. While working as a part-time tutor at Axiom Learning, she works as an online counsellor for Seekershub Global. She has completed her Diploma of Counselling through the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. Her full-time job is raising her baby daughter. Everything else is squeezed in between. Literally. Her writing has been published in The Feminist Wire, SISTERS magazine, Daily Life, Lip Mag and Venture Beat. Raidah’s poetry was recently published in the ‘Armed With Only Our Souls’ online DDFS chapbook by New York poet Caits Meissner. Her debut double-featured novel, “Finding Jamilah and the Story of Yusuf” was published by MyLegacy publications in early 2014.
In her spare time (ha), she reads, listens to audiobooks, goes on walks, and is always on the lookout for tasty noodle soup. She currently lives in a green, leafy suburb in Kuala Lumpur with her husband, three small children and mother-in-law.
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2 thoughts on “Daily Life article on my baby’s unassisted homebirth”
Assalamualaikum, I was soooo excited to read your story MashaAllah, I can’t say how much it’s similar to mine, and it was my midwife who showed it to me too! We had a first time freebirth as well (a term I only learned after reading your story, and they even have websites on this?!) I’m from KL but I’m currently residing in California, looking forward to meet you in person maybe InshaAllah when I’m back in Malaysia 🙂
Wa alaykumusalaam 🙂 Thank you for stopping by. I’m so happy that my article resonated with you, all the way in California. Please thank your midwife for me. Absolutely, there a lot of resources on freebirthing 🙂 Congratulations on your freebirth! It would be wonderful to meet you in person when you’re back in KL! Keep in touch.