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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Get to know our Doula | Sister Lakisa Muhammad |

When looking at the title of this article, you are probably asking what in the world is a Doula? Ha Ha Ha, Well I have the person to explain that. The wonderful sister who was my wife and I support person when preparing to give birth to our beautiful daughter (Nur Al-Huda), has taking time out of her busy schedule to be interviewed.

Let me introduce you to beautiful mother, wife, and teacher!





Sister Lakisa Muhammad

Founder of:
A Mother's Worth Birthing Services

First and foremost, tell the world what is a Doula?

Throughout the annals of time, women in labor have been supported by other women. In recent years, the word, doula, has been used to describe that woman. Doula comes from the Latin meaning woman's servant. I also reference the Arabic word, Abdullah, which means "servant of." While a labor doula is not medically trained, she is fluent in natural comfort measures to help ease the discomfort of labor like massage, visualization, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, movement and many other techniques. She can provide information on the benefits, risks, and alternatives of hospital interventions to assist families in the decision making process. She does this all while providing continuous emotional and physical support to not only the laboring woman, but her family as well. A doula in on call 24 hours a day from 38 weeks gestation until labor begins. Doulas remain with their clients for the duration of the labor, the birth, and at least one hour postpartum. If it's 24 hours or 4 hours, doulas don't leave! Doulas do not replace dads, grandmas, or aunties, but work with them as a team to provide the best support possible.

What got you started to become a Doula?

I was blessed to have a doula at the birth of my twins seven years ago. The hospital where I gave birth offered its patients a doula free of charge through a grant based program. I really wanted a natural birth and while my husband was wonderful, I was struggling! I requested a doula and shortly after a perfect stranger arrived to help me. My doula, Cynthia, helped me through labor positions, massaged my feet and back, breathed with me through contractions, and even took pictures after the babies arrived. Needless to say, she didn't leave a stranger; she left as a dear friend! I have never forgotten that experience and after a difficult pregnancy was so thankful to say I had a wonderful birth. Cynthia and the knowledge I acquired during that pregnancy ignited a desire in me to help other women in labor. That desire has grown in a burning passion and manifested itself into my business, A Mother's Worth Birth Services.

How long have you been one?

I have been working as a doula for 7 years now. I started supporting women after my first birth experience and haven't looked back. I have a young family and for the many years I devoted my time to teaching childbirth education and providing breastfeeding support. Now that the children are a little older, I'm focusing more on the doula side of my business.

How common is it to use a Doula and/or a midwife in the birthing process?

In the White/Caucasian community, doulas have become very commonplace. Many women seek them out, are willing to pay, and are benefiting from their services. Even if they don't already know the term "doula" once it's explained, they recognize the benefits. And as mothers grow dissatisfied with obstetricians and the medical model of maternity care, many are turning to midwives, stand alone birth centers, and home births. In the Black community and others of Color, not so much! The same goes for attending independent childbirth birth education classes. I find myself having to not only brand my business in the birth world, but having to explain why it's important to even take a class or "hire" someone to attend a birth. I see a great sense of apathy as it concerns birth in our community. This is very disheartening considering that the Black community is at the top of every negative statistics concerning childbirth. Those statistics include infant mortality (death), maternal mortality (death), premature birth (babies born to soon), low and very low birth weight (under 5 lbs). It is my sincere belief that Allah (God) answers our prayers and cries for help through the womb. When we do not honor and reverence the birth process, we are denying ourselves freedom, justice, and equality.

Is there such thing as a black Doula? (explain)

Well, yes and no. I'll explain. As a doula, I can and will support any woman in labor. I do not market myself as a Black doula. Birth is as universal as a baby's first cry. The process is the same for all women, and in my heart I believe that every woman deserves the high quality care and attention provided by a doula. The difference lies in the way we are handled by medical professionals. When I became a mother, I was 24 years old, married, held a bachelor's degree, had a professional job, and took over 20 hours in childbirth education classes, but was treated by some nurses like the most ignorant person on Earth. No one understands racism until you've felt it. So in that regard, when it comes to advocating for the rights of laboring women and understanding the cultural nuisances we face, I believe we do have to make a distinction.

Why should people have home births and/or use that profession over utilizing the experts of the Doctor profession?

Currently in the US, home births account for less than 1% of all births, while it is estimated that 90% of the world's population was born at home. What's wrong with this picture? Women have reported that birthing at home was more comfortable, more convenient, and a way to keep the process normal. A woman in labor is not sick, she's having a baby! I believe that the number is low in the US for two reasons.
One is the cost factor. Unless a family chooses to birth unassisted that is with no medical professional present, they will hire a midwife to attend their birth and provide prenatal and postpartum care. The fee that the midwife will charge is usually not co
vered by insurance thus must be paid out of pocket by the family. Although most midwives do offer payment plans, this is a major barrier for most people. In doula work, I run into the same issue. Folks just can't understand why it cost so much. I find it interesting that most them spent more on their wedding cakes than I charge and I would venture to say the total costs of the wedding was more than the midwives' fees. It's simply an investment. An investment in a memory that you will recall vividly for the rest of your life is the birth of your child.

The second reason I will offer is that many worry that something will go wrong. WHO, the World Health Organization, has reported that 90% of all births will be normal, uncomplicated births. WHO has also stated that there is no evidence to support that for women who are considered low risk, home birth is no less safe than birthing in a hospital. I believe when we begin to have confidence in the birth process again, we will understand that the fear of home birth is unfounded. We have become so reliant on technology, we have forgotten that the act of birth was created and ordained by Almighty God, Allah. We just have to believe.

You have explained the business from the eyes of others. Well tell us about your business?

A Mother’s Worth Birth Services was created to educate, support, and encourage mothers in a fresh, engaging way. Its mission is to lower the infant mortality rate, decrease the rate of-premature birth, and increase the number of breastfeeding mothers through childbirth education classes, doula services, Dancing for Birth (TM) classes and breastfeeding support.

A Childbirth Education Course Worthy of You

You and your support people will enjoy an interactive, creative educational experience while creating birth art, completing journal assignments, and exploring the mind-body connection of birth. In a series of classes, participants will learn about the anatomy and hormones at work, the stages of labor, natural comfort measures, hospital interventions, and newborn care including breastfeeding.

Valuing the Mother Doula Services

By hiring a doula (pronounced doo-la), you will receive continuous physical and emotional support as you birth your new little blessing. As your doula, I will use my professional training in natural comfort measures to ease your discomfort, remember all the labor details you forgot, and be your friend as you bring forth new life. Doulas don’t replace Dads, so I will be committed to helping you and your family for the duration of your labor.

Dancing For Birth (TM) Classes

Dance your way to an easier, more enjoyable birth experience by combining African rumble, Latin sizzle, Caribbean spice, and the sensuality of belly dance. Learn to love your pregnant figure while you adulate to the rhythm of beat with other moms-to-be. This low impact workout is infused with childbirth tips to boost your confidence and knowledge. Dancing for Birth is a fun, fabulous way to prepare for the birth of your child.

Lastly, understanding the responsibility and importance of birthing children is paramount to changing the world as we know it. My focus is prenatal education and helping mothers to create a peaceful, holistically positive birth experience. We hope to serve all mothers and help them understand their limitless value.

What advice do you have for new mothers and mothers that have given themselves to the hospital for child birth?


I say this to all of your readers, be they Muslim, Christian, Black, White, Latino, Asian, etc, if you are even thinking about becoming pregnant, go to store.finalcall.com and order a copy of How to Give Birth to a God by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. It a lecture series based on the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad that will change your outlook on birth the moment you begin to listen and forever more. It is that powerful.
After you do that you will have the confidence to believe in yourself and that your body was made to give birth to your baby. Step out on the water, have faith, and know that you can do it.
Then choose your care provider very wisely. Make sure he or she shares your philosophy toward birth and will respect your requests when the big day comes.
Next, take an independent childbirth education class. The goal of many hospital based classes is to indoctrinate you into hospital policy. They are there to simply make you a good patient. If a natural birth is your goal, choose an independent class.
Next, hire a doula! Medical studies have shown that a doula's presence increases positive feelings and perceptions of one's birth experience, reduces the need for medical interventions, reduces mother's requests for pain medications and epidurals, and tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications.

What last thing would you want the world to know about you?

Birth is my passion. It is my calling. The upliftment of the importance of the birth process and the celebration of motherhood is my purpose. It feels so good to know that.

How can readers reach you?

Your fabulous readers may reach me via telephone at 602-429-9501 or via email at amothersworth@yahoo.com, on Facebook as A Mother's Worth, or through my blog, A Mother's Worth Birth Services http://amothersworthbirthservices.blogspot.com/.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Best Husband In The Universe- Brian Muhammad

This is a series that I have started up to honor men. YES MEN. You hardly ever hear anything good in regards of men, so I want the world to know about good and even great men.

Let me introduce you to Brian Muhammad and his wife Rebecca Muhammad who wants the world to know how great of a husband and father he is. (These are her words)

Brian Muhammad to any average person would look like a typical blackman working, raising a family, and working his mission helping to resurrect the dead. But to me his wife he's much more. As a father his heart is big. Not displaying the average father
role that has been displayed over the last 100 or so years. He's the best role model for his daughters when they decide to choose a mate. He makes his daughters feel comfortable to be around him and anyone can see they love him dearly.

If I could do it all over I would wish he was my dad. As a husband what can I say I never used to believe, in my condition the Allah would create a man just for me, my total opposite. But he did, each year of our marriage he does something that makes me fall in love with him over and over again. He goes over hills and mountains to maintain his family and lets no struggle hold him back. Always advancing himself in every way possible he keeps me on my toes. Whenever trials come at him he never shows fear his motto is find Allah's hands in this and keeps moving forward. Or pray to Allah then you go answer your prayer through work.



A strong blackman I know I have pure diamonds. He's not a catch he's a future God in the making so I'm always watchful for vultures.....lol. He's not emotional or sensitive he's understanding to my ever needs, make Allah the center is what I heard ringing in my ear he knows how to be a man,
a Muslim, a father. What I want sisters to know is, don't give up deem yourself worthy, there is such thing as a soul mate or the perfect husband and mines is Brian Muhammad.

Thank you Brother Brian for all that you have done and you are so appreciated.



If you know any men that should be honored for there great works, please contact me and we will show the world how great of a man he is.

Thank you Brother Hannibal

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Becoming A Social Network Guru

Good morning this is your brother and friend Hannibal.

Today I will give a few steps that make social networking easier.

Most of us have Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and other great avenues to express and market what we offer. Well today us your day.

Today I want you to go to WWW.tweetdeck.com and download it to your desktop and mobile device (cell phone). What this will allow you to do is market to everyone of your networks with just a pluck of a button. (SEND)

You can add ally your above networks to this software and information to all.

There is another tip as well. It's walked your cell phone. Many of my friends ask why do they see 3 if the same status updates from me? What I do is group all of my social networks that I can operate from my phone together. Now you can send out a group text at once.

Now these just 2 easier methods that will allow you to capitalize on whatever you maybe doing.

Thank you for reading and continuing to he part of the Brother Hannibal team.

God bless
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Blogging from my phone

I am really enjoying my HTC hero, as I add more apps to it. Spending time with my wife making plans for this weekend.

Goodnight everyone and God bless.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

RAMADAN MUBARAK!!!!!!

Peace and blessings,

I just wanted to take a few minutes of your time to tell you that I love you. We have reached that hour of the year where we fast and pray. It is called "RAMADAN".

For any of you that may not be informed of it.

Take a few minutes to look it up. Just a little description. We open our Holy Qurans and read for 30 days while withholding ourselves from food and beverages during the sunlight hours. We reconnect ourselves to Allah (God) and purify ourselves to become better servants of His cause.

I pray that each and everyone of you that will be partaking in the fast this year, to have a blessing and successful fast. If any of you that want to pledge a day or two, please do. YOu will see how powerful the graces of Allah(God) is.

Have a great 30 days and God Bless.

AS SALAAM ALAIKUM,
RAMADAN MUBARAK!!!!!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Walasia Noor EL Shabazz Expresses Her Views of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (READ)

Name: Walasia Noor EL Shabazz

Association/title: Artists & Musicians for Oscar Grant / Minister of Information

Have you ever heard of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Of course, I have heard of this man.

Have you ever heard the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speak before?

Yes, via video & audio presentations - I have not had the pleasure to hear him speak in person.

In your personal views, who is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and what has he done to benefit your life?

He is a man who has honorably continued the legacy of Sister Clara Muhammad & the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, inclusive of the legacy of W.D. Fard/Farrad Muhammad (Fajardo) and inevitably the legacies of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Noble Drew Ali, Brother Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik EL Shabazz) and all the important leaders, prophets & teachers who came before him. In my lifetime he has continued to instruct, lead & educate brothers and sisters toward greatness. I am extremely honored to count among my comrade’s members of the esteemed Vanguards and Fruit of Islam as well as MGT GCC and NOI!

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is taking on a topic: “Who Are The Real Children of Israel”. What do you think about that topic?

This is a crucial topic for a troubled time. With the attack in International Waters on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, the "state" of Israel basically declared war on itself. You do not attack a mission of Peace, nor do U harm/murder/terrorize Doctors, Nurses and other helpmeets with impunity in this digital age. Holy Land belongs to all people of books - Muslim, Jew, Christian alike. "Israeli", "Jewish", "Zionist", "Israel" - these are words that have been tampered with to create a group of people and their collective ideas/plans who are not the Original inhabitants of the land. They are part of a larger global conspiracy we should all be uniting to fight to eradicate. In my Family there are Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, members of the 5% Nation of Gods & Earths, Moorish Scientists, Rastafarians, Hebrew Israelites, Ba'hai, Subud, and more - we have Unity & Understanding amongst my circles of friends/family. If we are able to achieve this Unity as a small collective, the world should be able to as well. The Real Children of Israel are Original people. The ones who would use Origination to combine with their devilishment in an attempt to usurp power are on borrowed time, as we know.

Normally the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan carries his lectures live from Chicago, Illinois but, on June 26, 2010 he will be carrying the lecture from the Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA. What do you think is the value of carrying his lecture in Atlanta?

Atlanta has become a World center in light of the Olympics held there in the 1990s, as well as being a stronghold of large Global corporations such as Coca-Cola, etc. CNN, one of the largest Media corporations/entities in the world, is based in downtown Atlanta. Speaking there will enable this particular 'lecture' or speech to be heard by billions of people over time as it is translated to other languages, broadcast in world markets, and as portions begin to spread virally via YouTube and other social networks.

Are you interested in viewing this lecture?

Absolutely, I had hoped to travel to Atlanta to see this lecture in person in June, as well as conduct commerce there in Atlanta; however I was unable to travel at the last minute. I hope to watch a DVD or listen to an audio recording of this lecture in the near future, Insha'Allah.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Sophia Gray Expresses Her Views of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (READ)




Name: Sophia M. Gray

Association/title: Dallas Police Department/Traffic Division

Have you ever heard of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Yes, I have heard of Honorable Minister Farrakhan.

Have you ever heard the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speak before?

I watched a few speeches of him speaking via Web and video. Thanks Hannibal.

In your personal views, who is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and what has he done to benefit your life?

Honorable Minister Farrakhan is a distinguished leader and man. Not only is he the leader and mentor of NOI but for the African American community as well. Recently, I have been interested in the NOI, and have started listening to more speeches and doing my own research. The words that Honorable Minister Farrakhan has given make me think twice about a lot of things and have brought a deeper meaning to self and perseverance.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is taking on a topic: “Who Are The Real Children of Israel”. What do you think about that topic?

I think that the topic is very touchy but yet important subject that needs to be discussed. I believe that Honorable Minister Farrakhan will do an excellent job in delivering the message.

Normally the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan carries his lectures live from Chicago, Illinois but, on June 26, 2010 he will be carrying the lecture from the Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA. What do you think is the value of carrying his lecture in Atlanta?

I think that the value of carrying out his lecture in Atlanta is to carry his message is to inform other communities. I think that Atlanta is an excellent place, other than Chicago, to broadcast and deliver his speech.

Are you interested in viewing this lecture?

I would be interested in viewing this lecture; however, I will not be able to attend.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sara Inés Calderón Expresses His Views of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (READ)




Name: Sara Inés Calderón


Association/title: Student

Have you ever heard of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Yes, I have heard of Mr. Farrakhan on many occasions, starting from the time I was a young girl involved in the immigrant rights movement in Los Angeles in the 1990s. Mr. Farrakhan was often invoked by organizers and participants and I recall having seen his likeness, as well as reading his words, on many occasions since.

Have you ever heard the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speak before?

I can't say that I have ever heard Mr. Farrakhan speak, although I have seen him in SoundBits and clips on news programs.

In your personal views, who is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and what has he done to benefit your life?

Mr. Farrakhan, in my humble and uninformed opinion, is a community leader not only for NOI but for the African-American community in the United States. In my uninformed opinion, I'm not sure he always does so in the most effective or most politically correct way, but I think that probably in his mind he's trying to help his people. I can respect his intentions, although I do believe that part of being a leader is being mindful that to change society you have to change the way you behave were you not a leader.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is taking on a topic: “Who Are The Real Children of Israel”. What do you think about that topic?

I think the topic of Israel is a complex one that has been discussed in countless tomes and, ultimately, an issue that each person has their own opinion on.

Normally the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan carries his lectures live from Chicago, Illinois but, on June 26, 2010 he will be carrying the lecture from the Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA. What do you think is the value of carrying his lecture in Atlanta?

Perhaps to reach a new audience? After so many years broadcasting from Chicago people might begin to associate his message with that particular geographic area, getting out to spread the word could be part of a strategy to show that his message is more universal?

Are you interested in viewing this lecture?

If I had time between work and school to watch things for pleasure I might check it out.

There are people who never heard the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. What would you tell them to get them to finally hear him?

That he's an important cultural figure in the United States and it's worth getting to know him at least on one occasion.


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Minister Louis Farrakhan Speaks June 26, 2010 in Atlanta (Official Press Release)


Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks June 26, 2010 in Atlanta


Live address to be carried via public webcast @ NOI.org/webcast/


ATLANTA, GA. (NOI.org) - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is scheduled to deliver a major public address Saturday, June 26, 2010 live at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

The title of Minister Farrakhan’s address is “Who Are The Real Children of Israel?” and will be hosted by the Nation of Islam at the Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday June 26, 2010 at 7:00pm Eastern Time. The address is to be made freely available to the public live via webcast @ http://www.noi.org/webcast/

For many centuries, scholars and historians and seekers have differed in their opinions regarding the subject. On June 26, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will delve deeply into the subject, solving the mystery once and for all.

For more information, call: 404-963-6659

Webcast notes:

- Live audio/video feed begins @ 6:45pm Eastern Time
- Access page: http://www.noi.org/webcast/
- Cost: Free with optional donation
- Webcast requires: Windows Media or Silverlight Plug-in for PC, MAC, Linux