There's not much point apologising for my absence - I am getting worse and worse lol.
I wanted to pose this question to all the mothers who still read this blog: how did you maintain your hijab during the childbirth process? By this I mean the birth itself as well as the period afterwards spent in hospital.
As my own 'day' approaches, I have been thinking more about this. It's important to me to ensure that my child is exposed to Islam from the earliest that we can - and from his first breath seems the best way to do that! There's no point forgoeing hijab when it's something I wear every day. However, going through the public health system in Australia means that there is a possibility that male health professionals will be involved with the birth. I will be trying my best to ensure that there are only females (hopefully midwives only) in the room during the entire process but obviously there has to be some sort of plan in the event that a male presence is needed. In Islam, we are advised that in the event of a medical emergency (I would call a birth that in some circumstances for sure!), if a male is the most qualified, then there is no issue in him treating you. I have no problem with that. I would like to though still maintain my physical hijab as much as I can if that situation does occur.
I know that some think that well, if he can see that area then a scarf/long sleeves/etc does nothing, but that's not how I view hijab so please refrain and share your own experiences if you can.
For the period afterwards in the hospital... I don't really have male friends who would visit so I'm OK with males announcing themselves before entering so I can just wear a scarf with my regular clothes. Alhamdulillah, really the only males there will be my husband's friends who would not come inside the room anyway so that's a plus.
So, ladies, tips? What did you do to maintain your hijab? I don't mean being so rigid that even in an emergency no men are allowed in (can't see that working ever really) but rather, what did you wear? Did you express your wishes for a female team to the midwives previously? What was your experience with hijab and childbirth as a whole?
Many thanks sisters :)