Featured Mum: Soha Taha
Soha Taha is an Egyptian influencer, designer and mother. Born and raised in the UAE, she has over a million viewers across her social media. Soha inspires her followers with her modest fashion styles and shares her lifestyle with them.
Soha’s designs have travelled across the GCC, Africa, and have also reached as far as the UK, Switzerland and USA. With more than 400,000 followers on Instagram, she’s now one of the leading modest influencers in the Middle East. We caught up with Soha to find out how she’s managing to continue her work now she has a small baby and why she decided to invest in stem cell banking.
How did you first hear about banking stem cells?
A friend of mine went through the procedure of banking her baby’s stem cells and that’s what made me search and learn more about it. I was amazed when I researched it how much potential there are in stem cells and what treatments might be available in the future.
Why did you bank your child’s stem cells?
As a mom, all I really want in life is to see my baby healthy. And storing his stem cells gave me this peace of mind in knowing that we have a valuable resource if we need it when it comes to treatments for so many diseases.
How has your life changed since having your children?
It changed a lot. Now, my baby comes first and everything else comes second. He made me love more, grow more and always think twice. It’s so overwhelming and hard yet so rewarding.
Tell us about your children. How old are they, what has your favourite moment of their development been so far?
My baby boy, Younes, is now two months old. He has just started to laugh and giggle a little and these are my absolute favourite moments. The joy I get from seeing his smile is beyond words.
How do you balance work with being a Mum?
I get all the help I can find around me. I try to finish everything as fast as possible and I always take a break to check on him. It might seem hard in the beginning but it gets easier everyday. I think it’s important to continue to work and I want my son to grow up knowing that we all have to work hard however, it can be tough to balance that with wanting to spend every minute with him. I’m sure things will find a natural order as he gets older.
What advice can you give to first time mums?
Take all the help you can find and don’t worry about asking for it. Nobody expects you to know everything. And don’t feel shy or embarrassed to ask for advice either. Always remember you’re not alone. It’s important that us mums support each other and give each other advice in these early days. None of us really know what we’re doing, we’re just trying to do everything as best as we can.
Have friends or family been encouraged to store cells because you did?
Yes! My sisters and my friends were amazed with how advanced technology and science is now and they’re definitely considering storing their baby’s stem cells