Supporting Muslim Families

” The training was led in such great and sensitive way; providing a really useful and engaging variety of direct experiences and emotional accounts, alongside lots of really informative factual information, cultural and religious insight. Thank you SO much Manisha, and I’ll look forward to Level 2!”

Level 1

This is a 3-hour training exploring the impact of Islam on perinatal practices as well as the role of healthcare and perinatal practitioners in offering culturally competent care. This will be an interactive and reflective workshop discussing:

  • Basics of Islamic beliefs and Muslim practices
  • Differences between culture and faith
  • Impacts on maternity care
  • How to support Muslim families during birth and the postnatal period
Please see below and book the training session you would like to attend.

Level 2

This is a 4-hour training for those who’ve attended our Level 1 training, where we’ll be exploring more complex issues around maternity care for Muslim families. This will be an interactive and reflective workshop discussing:

  • Family dynamics, including the reality of living with extended family and contraception.
  • Understanding and practices around miscarriage and infant loss. 
  • Impacts of perinatal mental health, including the differences between faith and cultural perspectives.

About This Training

Who’s it for?

This workshop is for anyone who supports families during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and postnatal recovery; e.g. doulas, midwives, infant feeding practitioners, antenatal/hypnobirthing teachers and anyone else who works within the maternity field.

About the trainer:

This workshop has been created and will be delivered by Manisha Sheth, co-founder of Support ME Maternal Project CIC and the Muslim Village Lead. Manisha has had lived experience of birth trauma and postnatal depression & anxiety and is currently focusing on bridging the gap between minority ethnic communities and NHS maternity care, as well as working towards breaking down barriers in infant loss and perinatal mental health in the Muslim community. As well as running Muslim Village, Manisha is an experienced Cultural Competency & Safety Trainer, an NHS Maternity & Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate as well as works as a Counsellor at an infant loss charity.

She has developed this programme as a practicing Muslim, through her own lived experience and through the stories of those in her community. This will not be a lecture or a talk, but instead an engaging and reflective workshop through discussions and exercises; leaving you with a productive outlook on how to work with Muslim families in a culturally safe way. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and explore specific scenarios in a safe and non-judgmental space.

Manisha will be addressing current statistics and challenges, the impact of religious and cultural practices on maternity care as well as key ways to move forward. Level 2 will be exploring more complex concepts, such as infant loss, family dynamics and perinatal mental health.

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Please see below available dates and select to purchase. All profits go back into the Support ME projects.
We also now offer in-house training for organisations for Level 1 and 2, email us at for more info.

” Manisha made it feel like a really safe place and non-intimidating topic. You could see the genuine passion she has for this area and I would highly recommend the course. It covered the basics but in a really informative way. “

” Manisha is both powerful and gentle which created a safe space and an excellent training and to train and absolutely encourages and supports learning and reflection. I feel I have a deeper insight into supporting Muslim families and look forward to learning more on level 2. “