Iya’s Birth Story

I got Iya’s hospital blanket made into this doggie by @stitchesbynatalie

Happy 100th day of life to my baby girl, Iya!

100 days ago we were in our post partum suite at the hospital bonding and just getting to know each other. I was pretty low-key about my pregnancy while I was pregnant because I just wanted to focus on being healthy and happy. Ever since giving birth I’ve been looking forward to sharing my story with you guys! 100 days of sleep deprivation is the reason for my delay lol!

I filmed a sit down video but it’s quite rambly (as usual) and almost an hour long, yikes! Here you’ll find the more organized, abridged, written version ha.

My labor & delivery story isn’t what I was expecting at all. I kept picturing a huge gush of water and a shriek of “the baby’s coming!!” following by frantic racing to the hospital like I always saw on TV but my experience was completely anti-climatic. Something clicked in my head when I hit 36 weeks – I started to feel anxious, nervous, unprepared, scared… all of the above. I was four weeks out from my due date (July 7th) and nothing was ready, our birthing class was scheduled to begin the following week, my maternity shoot the day after that, i had to wash all of baby’s things most of which I still had to buy, I needed to get waxed, get my nails done… and to top it all off I hadn’t had a pre-natal appointment in weeks! I had no idea what was going on with me or the baby, I didn’t know if she was in position, if I was dilated, nothing! I was just counting down the days to my appointment which was at 37 weeks.

Around the 36 week mark I started experiencing a little trickle situation. Pregnancy is gross and there’s always some kind of discharge or moisture or something going on down there so I didn’t think too much of it and just threw on a liner and went about my day. At 36 weeks + 3 days I was having a case of the Mondays racing around running errands. I read everywhere that first pregnancies usually end up going past the due date but I just had a gut feeling baby girl was going to come early which made me feel all the more uneasy and frantic. I dropped off my duffle bag to get repaired so I could pack it for the hospital, I went to the container store to get some odds and ends for baby’s things — dropped EVERYTHING outside the store and broke some but was too flustered to go back in, got groceries and dropped a gallon of milk unloading from the car, just a hot ass clumsy mess! I was so off, my gut kept telling me to hurry up and get things ready.

Waseem saw how stressed out I was and forced me to go to bed even though I wanted to wash all of the baby’s things. The moment I got into bed I felt a little warm gush – I seriously thought I peed my pants! Ladies on my birth board were always talking about accidentally peeing their pants so I just figured my symptoms were finally kicking in after a pretty uneventful pregnancy. I was chatting with a friend the following morning (36 + 4) and mentioned in passing that I had to switch from a liner to a pad the night before and she advised that I call my OB to be sure it’s not my amniotic fluid. They asked me to come in and made it sound like nbd, just bring something to do because it’ll take 45 minutes to get results they said. I charged up my phone, took a shower, threw on my Jurassic Park tee shirt and was off to the hospital around noon on June 13, 2017.

12:40pm they put me in a bed in triage and hooked me up to fetal monitors – thankfully everything with the baby looked perfect! They said they were seeing contractions but I didn’t feel a thing. The most frustrating thing about my time in triage was that no one was really communicating with me. I don’t know if they just assumed that I know the drill or what but I felt left in the dark and it made my nerves even worse. They swabbed me to see if my trickle was indeed urine like I thought or amniotic fluid. Immediately after swabbing, the nurses all began chitter chattering amongst themselves and I kept hearing the word “blue”. No one said anything to me and they left as quickly as they came — ahhh!! I began googling and saw that blue meant that it was my amniotic fluid all along. But what does this mean?? They came back to do another test that they actually sent to the hospital lab and I swear I kept asking over and over for someone to just tell me what’s happening. Am I having my baby today? Am I going home? Am I going to be held for observation? What. Is. Going. On??

After confirming yet again that my tests were all positive for amniotic fluid they nonchalantly told me that I was going to be admitted and induced soon. I like to believe that I’m a very level headed person in high stress situations but for some reason I felt so alone, unsure, and scared. I ended up sitting alone in my triage bed just crying for awhile and didn’t really know why (I blame the hormones!). Waseem called me as soon as he was out of his meeting at work and was so sweet and excited, he calmed me right down and made me realize that the best day of our lives was upon us.. we were going to meet our daughter soon!

My water breaking early is called PPROM — pre-term premature rupture of membranes. 37 weeks is considered full term and since I was 3 days shy of that (pre-term) they gave me a steroid shot to help develop Iya’s lungs a bit more before coming into the world. I was terrified that she’d need NICU time :/ my biggest fear was having my baby and not being able to bring her home with me. Thank God she was a perfectly healthy little baby!

Waseem officially began his paternity leave and was on his way to the hospital. In that time, I got 6 pokes of failed IV needles augh!! Looking back, the IV was still the most painful part of my birth experience haha. Eventually the anesthesiologist took over for lucky #7, sigh my arms were black and blue for weeks! I was hoping to be able to blow dry my hair at the hospital but with the bruised arms and IV.. there was no way! Biggest regret is not drying my hair before driving over lol it turned into one big dreadlock by the end of my stay. I asked if there would be a point after which I wouldn’t be allowed to eat anymore and they said I wouldn’t be able to after they start my induction so I made sure to order myself a big meal before starting. I was mentally prepared for like a whole day of laboring!

At this point I didn’t even have a birth plan so they were asking me all kinds of little questions and typing it up – sigh I really wanted to think long and hard about my plan over the weeks ahead but didn’t get that chance. I really loved my L&D team though, they made me feel so safe and comfortable even though I was confused most of the time. They didn’t want to check how far I was dilated since my water had been broken for days (since the trickle began) and didn’t want to risk infection. They induced me at 6:40pm and a couple hours later I had to practically force them to check. I hated laying in that bed not knowing if anything was happening – I didn’t even know if the baby was coming on her own at all or if they were just forcing her out. I was 2cm around this time and they told me that I probably wouldn’t be delivering until the following evening.

I sent Waseem home to pick up a few things for me – pajamas, makeup, flip flops – and to wash all the baby clothes and bring her coming home outfit. Seriously, the only thing that we had ready was the carseat and tbh that was only installed because we just had to get it out of the house! Baby things seriously took up all of our space! As the hours went by I was finally beginning to feel contractions which felt pretty familiar — they started off feeling like menstrual cramps. My friends gave me the best advice on when to ask for the epidural – they all told me to get ahead of the pain. They recommended that I request it as soon as it starts getting uncomfortable instead of chasing the pain, also the anesthesiologist could be backed up or in surgery so its important to put that request in early!

Around 11pm my contractions went from feeling like menstrual cramps to… diarrhea cramps lol like that hot bubbling up kind of feeling; so I told them I’m ready for my epidural as soon as my husband is back from home. My L&D suite was also ready so I began moving over there from triage. A piece of advice for you expecting mamas is to always be explicit in what you’re asking for. When I wanted to eat instead of asking if it was ok to eat I asked at what point I won’t be able to eat anymore (induction). After moving to my L&D suite, the pitocin was kind of making everything contract making me feel like I had to go to the bathroom, even though I was having a hard time going. I also was afraid of going #2 while pushing the baby out lolol I seriously worried about this my entire pregnancy and I know a ton of mamas stress about this too. I was asking when I’d not be allowed to get up to walk or go to the bathroom anymore and they said once the epidural is in I’d be stuck in bed. I made it my mission to have some bathroom success before the anesthesiologist came LOL I know its tmi but seriously, it alleviated my mind so much. I don’t think I would have pushed as hard when it came time to deliver if I was still sitting worrying about it.

Waseem made it back and I got my epidural around midnight – this didn’t hurt but I also made it a point to not look at the needle or anything, out of sight out of mind. I began feeling numb pretty quickly and settled into bed to rest. They gave me a peanut ball to put between my legs and encouraged me to sleep, they told me to just give them a buzz if my contractions get really painful but that they’d be watching from the monitors at the nurses’ station. Less than two hours later my contractions got pretty uncomfortable (that upset stomach feeling again!) so I buzzed my nurse for her to check me – 7.5cm dilated. They told me I’d probably need a few more hours to get to 10cm. Less than an hour later, a little before 4am I buzzed her again feeling even more uncomfortable aaaand I was 10cm and ready to push!!! WOW! Talk about anti climatic haha! I was very very lucky to have an easy labor but wow does TV make it look so much more dramatic and exciting. Looking back I’m actually sad that Waseem was gone for most of it, but no one had any idea that I’d progress that quickly.

June 14 @ 4am,  they got my room ready for delivery and we were off! Our birthing class was supposed to be later that evening so we really didn’t know anything! Our L&D nurses were really so amazing and coached us through it all. The first few pushes I wasn’t pushing hard enough so they gave me some oxygen and told me to push towards my butt (ha! so glad I went to the bathroom earlier). After about 20 mins I was like ok whatever! and threw my inhibitions out the window lol they’ve seen it all I thought and just completely relaxed and pushed as hard as I could. Now I was doing it right! They said they could see the top of her head and it only made me want to push even harder to just meet her already! Two more pushes like that and she was out at 4:35am :)

To be completely honest, nothing from my labor & delivery was actually painful (I’d describe it as uncomfortable), other than my IV fiasco and the veryyyy last few moments of pushing, the dreaded ring of fire. This apparently is when our tissue is stretched over the baby’s head but omg the baby just sits there like that!!! At that point I actually kept saying “ow it hurts!” I didn’t make a peep before this point, and the nurses had the audacity to tell me to just… wait. Wait so they can get the doctor to catch the baby. I literally said “it hurts, what do you mean wait? There are 3 of you standing there, someone catch!” and I just gave one last push and with that the pain was over too! I needed a few stitches but couldn’t even feel the doctor doing that (thank you epidural!). I just loved my birth experience, I can’t say it enough. We welcomed our little Iya on June 14, 2017 @ 4:35am.

I will never ever forget the moment they put her on my chest & we met, Alhamdulilah (Praise be to God).

You can watch my story in much more detail below :) Grab a snack.. it’s long!



  1. Talyah Pierce
    September 23, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Hi Irene,

    I was just wondering I found it was overwhelming to plan for the Iya’s arrival (buying clothes and a crib/baby shower/doctor’s appointments?

    • September 27, 2017 / 11:23 pm

      Hi Talyah!

      For sure, i mentioned in my story that we weren’t super ready. Luckily I already had her bassinet and absolute essentials — I stocked up on pajamas/clothes after she came home. I made a few shopping lists ahead of time and then purchased whatever I still needed after our baby shower. The hospital required us to have a pediatrician appointment scheduled before being discharged which was a great thing! We would have gotten lazy otherwise because we were so tired!

  2. Sarah
    September 23, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Hi Irene,

    thank you so much for filming this Video! Was hoping that you’d put it up while I’m still pregnant. I’m due in 5 weeks and cant wait to meet my baby boy. Mashaallah he was kicking around so much while I watched. Thank you so much for opening up, the way you talked was just perfect. Happy that you talked about everything in detail and just being honest! And I think the picture of you and your Baby from the hospital is the most prettiest I have ever seen from you, so natural and special!! Love from Germany!!

  3. Mariam
    September 23, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing your birth story Irene. I can so relate to you as my first birth story with my first child was very very similar. Second time around I knew so much and did things so differently I didn’t even need an epidural and it was all natural. God bless you and ten baby. She’s gorgeous.

  4. Gina
    September 23, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story, Irene! This was just beautiful. I wanted to ask about your approach to the gender reveal (whether you and Waseem announced this among a small group of close friends/family members initially, or had a celebration to announce the gender). So happy you had a low-risk pregnancy and delivery. Wishing abundant blessings to baby Iya and your family!

  5. September 23, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    My Aayah’s birth story felt so similar, I know people say it’s painful but I didn’t think it was unbearable (she was spontaneous and natural delivery with just gas and air). I think because my daughter was premature and I wasn’t prepared, I hadn’t even looked into what happens during birth so I just went with it but i was expecting it to be worse than it actually was.

    Unfortunately my little one was 7 weeks early and had to spend a month in hospital. Alhamdulillah she’s well and thriving now! May your little Iya grow strong and healthy.

  6. Akeela Ali
    September 23, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Hey hun MashAllah your princess is so adorable ….. hope your both well and enjoying motherhood my question for you is what was Iya birth weight ?

  7. Mummie
    September 23, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    The first thing I had was sushi! I couldn’t wait to order it! Also, my hair was also a birds nest. It was wet when I went into labor and the nurses and my husband were making fun of me 😭. That’s my biggest regret too, I know it’s vain, but I really wanted to look cute 😖

  8. Shilpa
    September 23, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Hi Irene,
    I’m a nursing student, currently in my OB/Maternity nursing class. For one your birth story eased a lot of fear I’ve been having about giving birth, especially with everything I’ve learned in the first few weeks of taking this class. I was just wondering what you wish the nurses or medical staff could have told you or what they could have done to take care of you better?

  9. Nadia
    September 23, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Hey Irene,

    Really enjoyed listening to your Birth story, my question to you is how did you guys go about choosing her name and why did you choose the spelling that you did?

    Lots of love!

    • September 24, 2017 / 1:04 pm

      Thanks Nadia!

      We’ve always loved names like maya, ayah, I don’t know what else sounds looks it lol! I spelled Iya’s name the way I did because I was having a kris Jenner moment 😂😂😂😂 her middle name is Sofia because of the aya Sofia in Istanbul :)

  10. Amanda Rahn
    September 23, 2017 / 11:59 pm


    I just wanted to say that I LOVED how you told the story! Lol. You were so real about it.. when you cringed at mentioning certain things or half whispered it- it cracked me up. I would do the same. And my favourite part is the fact that “you didn’t google anything” lol! That’s what most people would feel too, but probably wouldn’t admit. I google everything!! I can only hope that if I have children one day, I can be blessed like you. You had a more “easy” birth compared to a lot of nightmares I’ve heard of. You bring a bit of ease to my heart about it all.. and pooping before you start birthing is an awesome tip 😂😂 love ya Girl!


  11. Ali
    September 24, 2017 / 12:16 am

    Hi Irene,

    I am so happy that you shared such a beautiful moment, it was such a beautiful and emotional story, MashaAllah! May Allah shelter you and your family with His love, mercy, and blessings, ameen <3

    I do have a few questions I wanted to ask if you're comfortable in answering it. Did you experience any vaginal tearing? and how long did it take for you to get back to spending time with your husband one on one again? (in terms of intimacy and bonding). Did you notice any shift or drastic change in your marriage following the birth of your daughter? And last, how does a couple know when they are ready for a child?

    • September 24, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      Hi Ali, thank you so much for your well wishes and duas. Ameen!

      I had a 2nd degree tear which is most common & had some stitches. Nothing crazy, I didn’t have to sit on a donut or anything. I don’t think either of us can even think about sex we’re so tired – if that’s what you’re asking lmao but my OB cleared me at my 6 week follow up, I felt like it looked and felt normal again by then too. Don’t worry about that – our bodies were made for child birth! I think our bond has gotten stronger since having Iya, there were definitely some moments of frustration as it’s a huge transitional time and we’re trying to figure things out and get into a routine but we are closer than ever — how can you not when there is an actual person here representing our bond?! 😭

      And when does a couple know they’re ready..? Hmmmm! It’s different for everyone and it’s difficult to define because when you lay out every little thing in your life you’ll never feel ready but for some reason we both felt ready at the same time. It’s crazy because NOW looking back we are like “what were we waiting for?! Life was so meaningless before!” Ah the ways that we evolve lol!

  12. Sam
    September 24, 2017 / 12:42 am

    Awe may Allah keep you and your daughter healthy and happy. Can you tell us how you lost that baby belly? Were there certain type of exercises you did to get back into that flat tummy?

    • September 24, 2017 / 12:57 pm

      I’ve always had a terrible stomach so it’s even worse now lol!! I must be hiding it well 😩

  13. Amanda
    September 24, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Thank yo for sharing this, Irene! It’s so beautiful and raw! So many of us have this image of the perfect birth, perfect transition into parenthood, ect. I learned quickly that’s not how this works haha. Could you please do a video and post on breastfeeding and how that’s going. How was traveling with Iya? Did you feed on the plane? Do you pump? Ect. Thanks in advance and god bless your family 💗

    • September 24, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      Thank you Amanda!! Alhamdulilah breastfeeding has been going really well! It’s by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do but you’ll be amazed over what you can happily endure as a parent! She is worth it! Traveling with her went pretty well – she didn’t fuss too much and I did breastfeed on the plane – I got some nursing tops from Bun Maternity that are amazing!! I also got some covers from Milk Snob which I used in addition to my nursing top when I was sitting next to a male passenger. On my outgoing flight I took two bottles of frozen milk and one bottle of fresh milk with me but didn’t end up needing/using them on the flight since I just nursed her. I fed her the fresh bottle during the car ride from the airport because she tends to fuss in her car seat. On my way back I didn’t even bother to pump anything. I wish I did tho just for the car ride after landing. Milk is the one thing that always soothes her lol! Hope that was helpful, thank you for your well wishes! 💋

  14. Natasha
    September 24, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing your birth story! I loved how real it was!! I’m so happy for you & your family :) Was it hard not having your parents (or in-laws) in the hospital with you? Also, would you mind linking me to your friend Asya’s birth video? I tried to search for it & couldn’t find it.

    • September 24, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      Thanks so much! & no not at all, I set a boundary that I didn’t want any out of town visitors for at least 6 weeks. If our families were local I wouldn’t have wanted them at the hospital as it’s a medical event not a social event; extended family always tends to forget that (because of well intentioned excitement) and it ends up ruining the mother’s birth experience or even stalling her labor and putting her and baby at risk. Labor, delivery, & my first 6 weeks post partum were sacred things I wanted to safeguard for just us three – it was our time to bond, learn to be parents, be a family of three, establish breastfeeding, etc. my MIL came during the 7th week and stayed 5 weeks, it was the PERFECT time and she was so incredibly helpful!

      Her name is spelled ascia – that should help finding her videos! 💋

  15. Diya akbar
    September 24, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Hey irene it’s an amazing experience to share and you kept it sooooo real that every women who experienced birthing can rely to it… and I loved your hair tho in all pictures you shared I wonder if they look so perfect without blow drying it, it’ll be bomb if u did..
    And I had a question did you join any prenatal yoga or exercises for having a normal delivery?

  16. Ammarah Ali
    September 24, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    you’re story was amazing and i pray for you’re and iya’s happiness:) i was just wondering how you told your side of the family?

  17. Sharuba
    September 24, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Hey Irene! I’ve been following you for years now! I love your style and YouTube videos! I actually watched half of your birth video yday and finished it today! I pray for you and your little family! Y’all are the cutest!!

    P.s I’m so sorry you didny blow dry your hair 😅


  18. Coco
    September 24, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    I just appreciate how real you were in this vlog. I always think about giving birth and I know that I would be paranoid about pooping. I found it helpful to make sure to ask what can’t be done after induction (eating) and an epidural (moving around). I’m such a planner so it was also helpful to be mindful to enjoy the experience even if things don’t go exactly as planned. Congratulations on your beautiful girl and thank you for sharing your story.

  19. Rebecca
    September 24, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    I loved your birth story – so cute! I agree we spend too much time planning the perfect picture, perfect time, perfect everything. In the process of it all we miss out on the actual perfection of life!

  20. Rebecca
    September 24, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Your Birth story was so special ! – I agree we spend too much time planning the perfect picture, perfect time, perfect everything. In the process of it all we miss out on the actual perfection of life!

  21. Amen Dasti
    September 24, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    awwwwww Irene I am so glad you’re pregnancy and birth were so smooth and healthy aH. Also you are beautiful with or without makeup or wet or blowdried hair lol but we are human and have our insecurities. You are such a strong, positive and beautiful woman and I am sure you are a great mother to little Iya. Little Iya is great hands. May Allah bless you and and your family and little Iya iA loveeee youuu <3

    IG: amendasti23

  22. September 24, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    First of all i can’t believe that you found out whilst on Umrah!! that’s such a good thing MashAllah!!!! I really hope i find out in such a good and blessed environment too! I’m someone that always needs to pee.. so i guess i’ll have to have hints from something else LOL! at first i was like where was waseem during this whole process in the hospital?! but then you told us how he came through and i was like oh my thank God.. ahahah
    the fact that the nurses weren’t telling you anything though? I would have literally freaked out and started crying.. that stuff terrifies me. Also, I have a fear of needles so a shot of heroine? and other shots?! nuhh uhhh .. i have no idea how i’ll do it one day but PROPS TO YOU! also, not sure if you can answer this but how exactly do you watch? like they hold a mirror so you can see your own birth? if yes, that’s crazy!!!

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    makeup and henna page: @glambynance

  23. Madeeha Imtiaz
    September 24, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Hi @Irene first of all many many congratulations for having a baby girl👶 , and i became very senti at that time you mentioned that you got your pregnancy news during during UMRAH such a beautiful time period, your guys are so blessed MashaAllah 😍 😘 ,. . .May Allah grant Iya with more and more HIS blessings. . . .I’ve married since three years but i don’t have kids yet, I am a PCOS patient, during the first year after my marriage,i used to hide my face in pillow and cry all the night because of not having pregnancy 😩 😢 and it became so wierd when anties asked you ay why you don’t have baby, that girls married after you ad they kids, you should go that doctor, it must me this issue etc etc 😡 , I love kids so much. . . .But now Alhmdulillah Allah gave me patience. . .You are so lucky MashaAllah 😚 . . .. Thank you thank you so much for sharing your birth story, you are such an inspiration for all the girls. . .Your wish to blow dry your hair before giving birth 😆 😅 39:31 very emotional part, I also got tears (its kinds of happiness tears/ i don’t really know how to explain it) in my eyes even though I have no experienced it yet. . . Love you so much girl . . . May Allah shower upon you guys with countless blessing. . .Really enjoyed listening your whole story, I am so so happy for you and your family 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘
    Here is my IG Handle @madeehaimtiaz1 . . . . Honestly speaking why I watched this video, my intention was to get the Giveaway price but now Wallah after watchig this I really don’t care if I won this or not because I enjoyed your video alot 😘😚. . . May Allah give you and your family a good health, prosperities more fame and honor 😘😚😘😚

  24. Nidhi Singh
    September 25, 2017 / 1:28 am

    Hi Irene!

    My name is Nidhi Singh. I am like you a first-time mommy to my beautiful baby girl, Saanvi who is my Angel, my world, my all.
    If possible I wanted to share with you my birthing story, not in detail, but to give you an idea of how I felt when I was induced. First off, I had a complicated pregnancy as Saanvi is an IVF baby, therefor I had to go to a specialist causing me to have more Doctor appointments which meant more ultrasounds😥(Can’t you tell how stressed I was?!) plus I was 36 while pregnant causing me to be even more high-risk!!! (Apparently, anyone pregnant for the first time over the age of 34 is considered “high-risk.”) Anyhow, as my due date came closer, my OB told me I was 1cm dialated too long and would need to get induced. So, my Hubbu, as I lovingly call him, and I took our childbirth class almost two months before because we were so nervous from what information we were given by our family and friends who were all ready parents…(not good to ask too many people for advice! Do what’s best for you is what I say now.) and like a good student he took notes on his phone (what I thought at the time was him playing on his phone or chatting with his friends). Anyhow, my second to last appointment, my Doctor thought I should be fine since most of the pregnancy I was good. (I had a minor scare early in the pregnancy where I had what was a normal blood clot which should have dissolved into the blood stream, come out and I thought it would be the end of my pregnancy!!!) So my last appointment, my Doctor noticed I was still 1cm dialated and she had me admitted to the hospital the next night which I thought was fine as it was my due date (11/10/16). First off, when I went for my appointment, I was in pain and uncomfortable from the contractions, but I remained calm and waited for an hour to be admitted. After poking and being prodded they finally started my induction which I still thought would go easy and maybe the next day we would welcome our Angel. It turns out, after being induced for a day and half I was nowhere near where I was supposed to be, I was hangry, and was being sent home when the magical moment happened of my water breaking right in the triage room’s bathroom! Now, remember when I said my hubby took good notes?! Yeah, all out the window! He didn’t believe me when I told him my water broke. Now I was off medication, in excruciating pain from contractions and still only maybe 2-3 cm now. So, my labor and delivery started but it took long again to get an epidural that night, (starting Thursday night into Saturday night.) With all of this, I faced Saanvi’s heartbeat dropping causing me to have to change positions while being given oxygen and half-asleep while at it. To complete this whole thing, my delivery took 6 hours because I was exhausted and sick to my stomach from everything! But, EVERYTHING in that moment changed when I heard Saanvi crying for the first time and held her in my arms! That moment, like yours, was the most beautiful moment of all!

    I know I said I wouldn’t go into details and I’m probably sure I might have, but it was eventful! And yes, I looked like a crazy mess in all of my pics, rat’s nest-looking hair, and swollen from my head to my toes so all of my pics looked like a marshmallow! But the end result was my daughter, Saanvi being born on 11/13/16 healthy with all fingers, toes and all features intact! And adorable as ever!

    Hug Iya as much as possible and love her limitless because this time does not come back! My baby is 10 months old and I never regret a day when I have hugged and kissed her endlessly!

    May you, Waseem and darling Iya be blessed with loads of love and blessings from above! You are a beautiful family and are very lucky to have one another!

    Love always,

    Nidhi Singh

    Instagram: nidhimsingh126
    Facebook: Nidhi Singh

  25. Noorain Manjoo
    September 25, 2017 / 7:02 am

    Hi Irene, I’m literally just coming from your YouTube upload! Your birth story was so touching (all 51 minutes if it 😅♥️)
    Was just wondering if your birth process was “easy” per say, perhaps because generally you have a high pain tolerance? Or is that not the case at all?
    I’m so scared for child birth, I can barely handle period cramps!🙈
    Your little girl is so perfect and precious,mashAllah! Sending tons of love and duas your way!♥️♥️♥️

  26. Madiha
    September 25, 2017 / 8:11 am

    Hey Irene!

    Absolutely loved watching your birth story! Thank you for sharing your experience. I loved how you guys found out you were pregnant, so special! And the thing with the test – same thing happened with me! The pregnancy test lit up with a positive result the moment my pee hit the stick but I feel like I almost knew deep down that I was pregnant around the 3 week mark – so weird!

    I am currently 38 weeks pregnant, officially on maternity leave and can’t help but worry about all the little things that I still have to get done or that can possibly go wrong (god forbid!). Watching your story helped ease the nerves a bit – love what you said at the end, “all that little shit doesn’t matter”! Here’s praying that my birth experience goes as smoothly as yours, iA!

    Lots of love to you and your beautiful family!

  27. Salma Rahman
    September 26, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    I loved reading your birth story. I hope when its my turn to go through this amazing experience that I look as beautiful and glamorous as you did throughout yours. You had what sounded like a great birth. May Allah shower His blessings upon you and your family. Iya Allah humma barik laha. Xxx

    Insta: salmarahman

  28. Sonia Lal
    September 28, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Hi Irene! I’ve been watching you for years and love you so much. I’ve done so many makeup looks that have been inspired by you. Congratulations on 100 days of being an amazing mom to your beautiful baby girl. I’m sure you and Waseem are wonderful parents. I was wondering how you chose her name? It’s so beautiful and unique, is there a story or anything behind it?


  29. Nonye
    September 28, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Hi Irene!

    I really loved this. Thank you for opening up and sharing such a beautiful story. You are an amazing story teller and the video was perfect! Kudos to you for typing that all up as well! I watched and read. All the best to you and your beautiful family. May God bless and keep you all always. If this isn’t too nosy, how was recovery after receiving the epidural? I’ve heard you move slowly (this is in addition to the post-labor of course!!) as if wears off?

    PS: I know you use pink powder and I just saw that Becca launched one! It’s not BB, but you know ;-).


    • September 28, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Thank you love!! I don’t really remember having any after affects from the epidural! They wouldn’t let me get up for awhile so I’m guessing they were waiting for it to fully wear off?! Not sure, but the fact that I don’t remember makes me think it was a simple process haha!

      Yesss I have the becca powder :) I used it for the first time in the makeup I’m wearing in my birth story – jinx!

  30. Ruj
    October 1, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Such a cutie birth story . I’m surprised a hospital that accommodated Beyoncé, your midwives wasn’t prepared to deliver your baby even when they knew baby was crown so ready to come, how frustrating for you as that’s the last things any new mums wants fluffing around professionals, rather then a calm collective atmosphere . I feel bad for you as someone should have advised you that for your first baby you should have prepared baby and your things at 31 weeks or earlier advise in the UK, as you don’t know when you would deliver clearly you was early . But mA you have seen it as a positive way which is great . I was the opposite needed everything in place to feel empowered and in control Alhamdulillah worked out for me all 5 times MA. Future Note to yourself next baby will come even more quicker so get everything ready including childcare. Enjoy your buddle of joy they grow up too fast, I miss the newborn stages 😭

    • October 1, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      They were L&D nurses, not midwives. 31 weeks is pretty early to prepare. I wanted to start at 35 but I got lazy and ended up delivering in my 36th week. Yes my OB told me that I will most likely be preterm for future babies too. Alhamdulilah I don’t need childcare. Thanks!

  31. gifty
    October 3, 2017 / 4:31 am

    umm so my question is not really related to the birth..delivery etc..
    I was just wondering what camera you use for your pics and all the videos!

  32. Krutika
    October 10, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    Hi Irene,

    What a wonderful birthing story! So happy for you and your husband. Can you recommend some good prenatal vitamins? And any that you don’t recommend.

    • October 10, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      I took rainbow light prenatal one vitamins :) thank you!

      • Krutika
        October 12, 2017 / 11:18 am

        Thank you!

  33. Mehak
    October 28, 2017 / 5:37 am

    i loved ur story.. happy for you and ur husband..thank you so much for describing everything in detail, this is so helpful.. you and Iya are adorable.. ❤❤❤

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