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FAQ

Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC Edition

I hope I have already answered all your questions. If there are still some points that need further clarification, check out the list of the most common questions I receive below. Do let me know if you still require more information.

 

What's A Doula

A doula is a trained birthing companion who assists a family during and after childbirth. At Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC, we provide support from conception all the way through parenthood. The key components to our support are unbiased physical, emotional, and educational support.

WHY ARE BIRTH OUTCOMES BETTER WITH DOULAS?

The studies have shown that doula care is associated with shorter labors, less use of epidurals and other pain medications, lower episiotomy rates, and as much as a 50% reduction in the C-section rate.

A DOULA? THAT'S LIKE A MIDWIFE, RIGHT?

No, at no time will a labor Doula perform clinical or medical tasks, such as taking temperature, blood pressure, fetal heart tones, vaginal exams or postpartum clinical care. A Doula only provides non-medical services.

IF WE GET A DOULA, HOW DO I SUPPORT MY PARTNER?

Our presence will help partners participate at their own comfort level, showing them how and when to use various comfort techniques, providing information, and in some cases, looking after them as well. A doula doesn’t replace anyone.

IF I WANT AN EPIDURAL OR CESAREAN, CAN A DOULA HELP ME?

Yes, we support all births and choices. It's important that clients know that we support you and respect the choices you make for yourself and family. The doula may or may not be in the operating room, depending on the wishes of the family and the medical staff, but either way, we will be waiting in the recovery room to help with the initial feeding. We leave when you're ready for family bonding.

CAN I REQUEST A CERTAIN DOULA?

If that Doula is booked up, we will do a questionnaire so we can best pair you with a Doula. Meet Our Team!

Sankofa Baby Doula Services, LLC specializes in non-judgmental support and has experience in the following:

  • Hospital Birth

  • Vaginal Birth

  • Vaginal Birth with Epidural

  • Cesarean Birth

  • Family-Centered Cesarean Birth

  • Homebirth

  • Induction of Labor

  • VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)

  • Healing from Birth Trauma

  • Pregnancy after Loss

  • Hypnobirthing

  • Hypnobabies

  • Newborn Care

  • Breastfeeding

  • Bottle Feeding

  • Cloth Diapers

  • Attachment Parenting

  • Postpartum Support

  • Prenatal Support

  • Infertility

  • Single Parents

  • LGBTQ+

  • Adoption

  • Surrogacy

  • Bereavement

  • Childbirth Education

  • and more