Did a baby die because the mom wanted to hide the ‘aurat’?

Did a baby die because the mom wanted to hide the ‘aurat’?

February 15, 2018 0 By WFTV

Photo Credit: Harian Metro Malaysia

Did a baby die prematurely and was the death due to home-birth with the help of a doula in the absence of a medical professional?

Amid these questions being asked, a Malaysian newspaper said a female doula – a professional trained in childbirth or a birth coach – is under fire after the death of a baby in Johor Bahru recently.

The use of a private birth coach in modern Malaysia is said to be catching up among professional mothers who claim they do not want their ‘aurat’ – or forbidden parts of their body – to be seen by men in particular.

While the Johor police have opened an investigation into the circumstances that lead to the death of the baby, other ‘doulas’ in Malaysia have distanced themselves from the accused.

A childbirth educator who has been active in helping mothers said the methods used by the doula can be said to be controversial, reported The Sun newspaper.

The doulas are saying the actions of the “doula” does not represent all the doulas in Malaysia.

The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.

“She does not represent all the doulas in the country, and in this case her methods have been known to be controversial,” a certified childbirth educator told The Sun.

The doula is often called when the mothers want to give birth at home. 

Following the death of the baby during a botched home birth in Johor, Federal Territories mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri said assistance from a doula cannot be sought without the observation of a doctor or a trained midwife.

“The excuse of ‘aurat‘ as a reason for not giving birth in hospitals are no longer an issue now with the modesty pants which are widely available. It has to be understood that life is far more important than ‘aurat‘ in this situation,” he said in a press statement last week. 

Malaysia has also launched a ‘maternity pant’, created by eight employees of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Kemaman Hospital (see picture above).

The idea is to create awareness in the care of women giving birth. A study by the institution showed that most of the women giving birth agreed to use the product as it helped cover their ‘aurat‘ during birth.