About Sakinah Birth

My Why:

Welcome! My name is Jihan. I am a childbirth educator and doula living in the Greater Houston Area.  Birth work and birth justice were gradual interests to me. After experiencing two births with different healthcare providers and settings, I learned how significant and impactful were my choices. During my first pregnancy, fear, anxiety and uncertainly played tremendous roles all the way until postpartum recovery. I believed these things were inevitable and mistakenly believed I did not have options. Fast forward to the second pregnancy and birth – the experience was monumentally different! I took the time to search for a healthcare provider who shared similar beliefs about childbirth, felt safe, heard and was provided the proper education and guidance my family and I needed. For the first time, I learned about the power of informed-consent; I learned the power of communication with my healthcare provider and I knew my relationship with my healthcare provider was an indicator of how the birth could play out. Both of  my experiences have shaped who I am today and have inspired me to become involved in in this line of work.

Philosophy:

The philosophy behind Sakinah Birth is simple: strive for positive cultural change within the Houston Birth Community. Positive cultural change comes through empowerment and empowerment happens when parents are informed and supported. When families make informed decisions and are given support, they realize their full potential!