Sankofa Baby Doulas
Accompanying and Educating Expecting Families Since 2010
Begin the Journey with Us
Experience a wonderful pregnancy with Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC by your side. We provide a one-stop destination for quality maternity care and holistic doula services in the Washington Metropolitan Area to guide you, your partner, and the entire family in welcoming your newest member. From prenatal to postpartum, we’re here to support you every step of the way!
THE MEANING OF SANKOFA
SAN (return), KO (go), FA (look, seek and take)
You must reach back to reclaim that which is lost in order to move forward
Embrace childbearing and childbirth in the traditional sense.
Embrace childbearing and childbirth in the traditional sense.
It is our sincere belief that a return to ancient ways would help us secure a more brilliant and sustainable future. When you choose Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC, you are also choosing our entire Sankofa Village. Sankofa Baby Doulas embrace childbearing and childbirth in the traditional sense, as it was known to our ancient mothers.
Newer and faster do not necessarily equate to better. It is our sincere belief that a return to ancient ways would help us secure a more brilliant and sustainable future.
Too often, families are caught up in an over-medicalized definition of pregnancy and birth that tends to instill fear, apprehension, and even dread. Our bodies were created to carry and sustain life and know just how and when to bring baby earthside, but our minds can easily forget that when we are inundated with intimidating imagery that takes our focus off of the beautiful and divine nature of the process.
It is our sincere belief that a return to ancient ways would help us secure a more brilliant and sustainable future.
Chinita Richardson, MAT, MTh, M.Div, D.Min, affectionately known as Dr. Sheena is an educator, scholar, researcher, advocate, speaker, pastor, and legacy builder who has traveled around the world to gain a greater understanding of the connectedness of women. She uses her expertise to promote resourcefulness in African American families during the childbearing years.
She encourages women and families to reach back to take hold of the best that previous generations have to teach, so they can be equipped to move forward and toward their fullest potential.
Along with supporting women during the childbearing years, Dr. Sheena focuses on providing educational resources on the fundamentals of birth and postpartum.
Neville Benjamin, CEO. Forming bonds of men and family is one of the many core values for Neville. In his spare time, he mentors several young men on how to be strong fathers and family men. Developing the required maturity to be a father, as with anything else in life, needs a guiding hand from those with experience and a willing heart to help.
What We Do
At Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC, we understand your experience of pregnancy, labor, and childbirth matters. This is a special time, and we want to provide you and your family with the best possible experience. We provide an array of services, which can be customized to cater to all birthing and parenting needs.
With my Birthing Guidance, I offer unwavering support to you and your family before, during, and after birth. I will stay in close contact in order to routinely check how you’re doing and step in with anything you might need.
All Labor Support Includes
Guaranteed back-up Doula
Photography if requested, using client's camera
Extensive referral services
Labor Support starts at $1100 and can be customized to suit each family's individual needs.
Here for You
Pregnancy, birth, and the early days of child-rearing can be very scary and stressful. My role with my Postpartum Support service is to ensure you get the best information and care possible. No matter when you need me, I will be there offering support.
Postpartum (Birth Sealing) Support
Sankofa postpartum doulas provide reassurance and support to help parents feel more confident and comfortable with their babies. It takes a village and the Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC Village will help to promote time for family and infant bonding while creating balance and organization during the fourth trimester and beyond.
Postpartum Doula Packages Range: $100 – $1,575
Childbirth Education Courses
Informative and Compassionate
Trying to prepare for a baby, can leave you with a lot of open-ended questions. Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC offers private classes for couples unable to make a public childbirth class. Our private sessions will give you the information, skills, and confidence you need to have an empowering birth experience and journey into new parenthood.
GETTING READY FOR BIRTH $750
PREPARING YOUR BIRTH VISION PLAN $250
BIRTH PROCESS $250
FINDING COMFORT DURING LABOR $250
POSTPARTUM (BIRTH-SEALING) & INFANT CARE $250
CLOTH DIAPER EDUCATION $250
The following services are included via telephone call, FaceTime video or Zoom.
Package 1: Virtual Doula Support $400
Package 2: Virtual Doula Support with In-Person Labor Support $500
Package 3: Virtual Doula Support with In-Person Postpartum Support $500
The following services are included via a telephone call, FaceTime video, or Zoom:
Weekly Antenatal Meetings
Labor Support from Onset of Labor to Baby’s Birth
In-Person Postpartum (Birth-sealing) Session within 1 week of Birth
Weekly Postpartum (Birth-Sealing) Support for 1 Month Following Birth
Local Resources and Referrals, as Needed
We provide credible, and evidence-based information, physical comfort, emotional support, and motivation for self-advocacy to women and their families, in an effort to protect the memory of the journey into motherhood. Through satisfying birth experiences, we aim to strengthen our communities one family at a time.
"Hello Dr. Sheena, I just wanted to thank you so much for everything. Thank you so much for being there for me. I had an amazing experience with you from the beginning to the end. I am now home recovering and I'm also happy to know our relationship doesn't stop here. Thank you so much for everything. Love you."
Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC is committed to providing the highest quality of doula care available.
Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC models acceptance of every woman as the expert on herself and her family. We prioritize building a woman-to-woman support network for our clients that will transcend the bounds of our doula service agreements and uphold our mission to strengthen our communities.
Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC holds third-party certification in high regard.