AMANI Certified Birth Doula and trained Childbirth Educator,
DONA International Certified Birth Doula, DONA International trained Postpartum Doula, ICEA trained Childbirth Educator, trained in Infant Massage and currently working towards certification in the following: Bereavement Doula, Hypno Doula and IBCLC Lactation Consultant
Welcome to The Mother’s Village, I am so glad that you are here!
My name is Iman (pronounced E-man or E-mon depending on your accent).
I was born and raised in the United States to parents who moved there in the seventies. My father is originally from the beautiful mountains of Yemen, and my mother is from the tropical island of Jamaica.
I know, crazy combination! Whenever anyone asks how they met, I sum it all up with one word…Brooklyn (New York).
My parents, though from very different parts of the world, are both from cultures where warmth and hospitality run in the veins. This has played a large role in the passion I have for supporting others. I have a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a focus in Women Studies, a bachelor's in Organizational Leadership and I am currently completing my master's in Clinical Social Work in order to provide continuity of care to mothers and couples, through licensed clinical counseling.
In the United States, I have worked in the field of social work by supporting survivors of domestic violence and with a government funded program designed to help mothers from vulnerable populations have the information necessary to maintain healthy pregnancies and successful breastfeeding.
I volunteered as a mentor and educator with a program designed to meet the unique childbirth needs of pregnant teenagers, while helping them to succeed academically. I also ran community childbirth and breastfeeding classes for Muslim and Christian non-profit organizations in their respective places of worship.
I now call Abu Dhabi home, as my husband is Emirati. To date, we have five rambunctious children ranging in age from 9 months to 12 years.
I have given birth in different environments and circumstances: in the hospital (UAE), at home (Canada), with the support of midwives and with doctors. I have also come through the experiences of the NICU, miscarriage and a stillbirth. I personally understand the importance of faith and building a village of support (especially within the first 40 days), because I, like many women, experienced postpartum mood disorders after my births.
These experiences have shaped my perception of new motherhood and fueled my desire to nurture women during this important time.
I support families who choose to birth using a variety of methods or no particular method at all. I am passionate about helping you to plan, prepare and be an active participant in your ideal birth.
I feel fortunate to be able to witness birth from various cultural standpoints and I look forward to getting to know you.
It is an honor to hold space for you during this transitional time in your life.