Founder of BSM

Halima Nalo Afi

I am a midwife because I believe that mothers manifest attributes of mercy & compassion. I am honored to witness each woman’s blessed and unique journey, as they draw from a source greater than themselves, in order to bring each soul into the world. My goal is to assist women in fulfilling the vision of their birth passage. I encourage mothers to respect and nurture themselves. I approach each mother’s well-being with a holistic and empowerment-based philosophy. I do not have my own agenda with your care. I am committed to each family’s material, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and wishes. I would love the opportunity to be a source of empowerment and encouragement for all women as they navigate their journey to positive parenting through cultivating gratitude and implementing a more meaningful shared decision-making process.

My Background 

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. My journey began with attending the births of my mother’s seven children. As a youth I began to see birth as a natural part of womanhood. My mother says I was a great comfort to her; very calm, trusting, and gentle. When it was suggested that my firstborn be guided by home birth midwives, it felt right and more supportive than with my ob-gyn, where I was invited to share how my own birth impacted my life. I knew from my first pregnancy over twenty-two years ago that I wanted to provide that source of empowering, encouraging, informative care to other women. The type of care that walks with you, sits in your living room, in your kitchen, holding your children, witnessing your growth, and supporting the birth of your parenting, the birth of love and compassion. Life is created in the womb, and I believe our bodies were designed to nourish life and give birth. 

I have been blessed to study midwifery since 2004 through the Direct Entry Pathway. I have done midwifery internships in Texas, Utah, California and Somalia.  I am grateful and indebted to all the families, birth workers and midwives who have passed down their wisdom from home birth, birth center and hospital care.

  • Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, Midwives College of Utah, 2020
  • Certified Professional Midwife, North American Registry of Midwives, 2019
  • Licensed Midwife, State of California, 2019
  • Certified International Midwife, candidate
  • Diploma International Midwifery and Maternal/Child Health, student  

I am a member of the Black Midwives Alliance, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, and the California Association of Licensed Midwives (CALM). I partake in current holistic evidence-based midwifery care and continuing education units in BLS, ALSO, and neonatal resuscitation to further my skills and knowledge in traditional midwifery wisdom. Contributing to the birth community as a midwife hopefully will awaken my own aspirations to honor and trust the beauty of birth. In my free time, I like to volunteer for midwifery medical missions in East Africa, walk outdoors, teach Qur’anic Arabic and cook.

“Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.” 

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Nethal Abdul-Mu'min

Nethal Abdul-Mu'min

Childbirth Educator

I live and breathe birth! I have always been very drawn to the whole cycle and what it means to the health of women, babies, families, and whole communities. As I am involved in more and more births, my honor and awe only increase. I feel that birth is one of those places in which the veil between us and the Divine is thinned and you can almost smell the scent of paradise on every newborn. I was born at home, am the mother of 4 daughters born at home, and a wife for over 20 years. I bring to births my passion for keeping birth sacred, safe, and peace-giving. Nethal Abdul-Mu’min is a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Student Midwife, and Childbirth Educator. She is a scholar and teacher of the Quran and a translator for Arabic speakers in the women’s health setting and during labor and birth. She co-author to the Muslim Edition of the Cornerstone Childbirth Education book. She lives with her family in Berkeley, CA.

Services: Childbirth Education, Doula, Student Midwife

Contact: [email protected]

Umm Aminah

Umm Aminah

Birth Assistant

As a mother, I was blessed to breastfed 6 daughters, and as a certified Lactation Educator and birth doula I am at your service to provide classes and advice on the basics of breastfeeding mechanics and wisdom, God willing. As natural as breastfeeding may be, it doesn’t always “just come naturally.” A little bit of education and support can go a long way in helping women get through the difficult initial period to succeed at giving their babies and themselves the many benefits that breastfeeding provides for both of them!   

Umm Aminah is a college student pursuing a bachelors degree in public health, a lactation educator, certified Hijama/Cupping Practitioner, trained Birth Assistant through Pacific Birth Institute, and AMANI birth doula. 

Services: Hijama/Cupping,  Lactation Education, Birth Assistant, Birth Doula, Peer Support Specialist for BIPOC.

Contact: [email protected]