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Sanyika Williams

Sanyika the Doula, LLC

Richmond, TX Service range 55 miles

832-736-1123

https://www.sanyikathedoula.com

Birth Fee

$950 to $1800

Postpartum Rate

$35

Black Doula

Birth Fee

$950 to $1800

Postpartum Rate

$35


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Birth Boot Camp - Certified Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • International Black Doula Institute - Certified Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula Experience

5 years and 45 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

2 years


Doula Training

  • Birth Boot Camp, September 2018

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Must have an midwife at home birth


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Belly casting
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Infant massage education
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Reiki
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I believe every birthing person deserves a doula. Limited doula scholarships are available to those who are eligible. For more information visit my website under birth support.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

I offer various birth packages. Ranging from $950 - $1,800 Customize packages available and flexible payment plans offered

Richmond, TX Service range 55 miles

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Nija A Dalton

8/31/2022

Sanyika was amazing during my entire pregnancy journey as well as my birth and afterwards. I wish I had found her with my other pregnancies. As this was my last and final child and my only boy this pregnancy held and will always hold a special place in my heart and life. I am so happy that I followed my heart and choose Sanyika to be my doula. She is patient and knowledgeable. She assisted me with keeping me knowledgeable about having as close to a home birth as I could in the hospital; she was respectful of my decisions and space. If you are thinking about hiring a doula and trying to decide if you actually need one you. No matter how much support you have hiring a doula and hiring Sanyika for that matter is not up for discussion. Thank you, a million times, and more for making my experience like no other I will never forget.

Alexandra Schwenke

8/18/2022

Best choice of postpartum experience was hiring Sanyika!

I hired her for three days, spread out between a couple of weeks after Max was born. I wasn't sure in the beginning how I felt about the days being a little bit spread out, but it ended up being exactly what I needed. Her guidance and support on each of these days was such a comfort. 

Day 1- Assisted in ordering my breast pump with insurance while my brain was in too much of a fog to handle this task, assisted in making breastfeeding as comfortable as possible, helped my husband and I learn how to use our baby carrier, bathed Max with us for the first time.

Day 2-Drew a glorious home-made Sitz bath for me, sanitized all of my bottles, taught me how to use the breast pump so I didn't have to read directions. 

Day 3- Taught me how to breastfeed while laying down, Showed me how to defrost pumped milk and feed Max his first bottle. 

I can't imagine the other tricks she has up her sleeve. These were the things that I was not confident with as a new mom and she gave me the tools to feel comfortable with them. There were NO dumb questions and she made me feel like I could do anything. She also allowed me to text her almost endlessly for a few weeks until I found my footing. However, best of all, while I and everyone else around were so focused on Max...she made me and my health a priority, which is a true gift after having a baby.

Jalecia Wilborn

8/18/2022

Sanyika is a God send. I met Sanyika as a FTM. She is literally the doula I prayed for. Sanyika is very knowledgeable about all things birth and beyond. She led childbirth education classes throughout my pregnancy and helped me to make informed decisions for myself and baby. Sanyika is one of THE sweetest people I have ever met. Her kind spirit is what led me to her. I was granted her pro bono doula services, and she treated me no different than her paid clientele. I never felt rushed or like I was getting half of her services or attention. She was so attentive to my needs and questions (and I had so many questions lol). She also made sure to help my partner become informed and taught him how to advocate for me in the event I could not advocate for myself. Her passion for birth and birthing people truly shines through her work. I faced some challenges near the term (40wks) of my pregnancy. Sanyika listened and encouraged me to trust my body and all the knowledge I learned through her and my own research. I ultimately had a c-section. Postpartum is where Sanyika played a vital role in my life. She supported me through early breastfeeding challenges. Late nights and early mornings I could reach out to her and she was there to help me. If she didn't know something she knew someone who did. I am so so so glad that Sanyika was a part of my birth story and postpartum journey. Without her, I don't think I would have accomplished my breastfeeding goals. She is so thorough, thoughtful, and oh so caring! While she is super sweet she is also a force not to be messed with! Sanyika will waste no time advocating for her clients. Sanyika and I still keep in contact today and I am so glad I met this beautiful woman. She has supported me and helped me heal from birth, grief, postpartum and beyond. I am forever grateful to Sanyika and all the she has provided to me and my family!

Stephanie Bell

6/30/2022

From the start of my pregnancy I knew that I wanted a doula. Let me say this,  Sanyika is passionate about her work and it shows the moment you contact her. She was very responsive, attentive, and very knowledgeable about the different phases of pregnancy and labor, she made me feel special even through our intitial meeting. During my pregnancy she was a listening ear, caring, compassionate, and had great advice! I truly was blessed to find a doula like sanyika. She was there for me during my pregnancy and she truly made my birthing experience a controlled and comfortable process. I told her exactly what I had planned for my birth and she was able to put my plans into action literally from the birth plan to the constant educational information that allowed me to make informed decisions about my birth. I planned on having a natural birth in a hospital setting and she was supportive from the start. I started to experience Preeclampsia late in my pregnancy at 37 weeks. I'm not going to lie the hospital experience was scary and overwhelming at times as a first time mom, but sanyika made me feel strong, powerful, calm, and confident to allow my body to bring my daughter into the world. She stayed the entire time I was in the hospital, she set the mood with lights and relaxing scents, and calming sounds and I really loved the way she transformed my hopsital room. Not only was she there for me, she was also supportive towards my fiancé and sister who were in the birthing room with me. She made them feel like they were a part of the process and even directed dad with the hip squeezes, ( those hip squeezes really help with those contractions!)  I had to get an epidural and later a c-section but Sanyika stayed with me up until I had to get moved into surgery. As I write this I get a little emotional because of how luckly I am that I found such an amazing doula, it really is a partnership and I will never forget my experience with her.

Portia Uchendu

4/20/2022

Having Sanyika as my doula was the best birthing experience I ever had. She travel out of town to be with me(Houston to Dallas). Throughout my pregnancy she constantly checked in with me and also arranged for a local doula to assist. Post partum she stayed with me, organized my kitchen and made some meals to freeze. She is the real deal!!

Brianna Jones

4/20/2022

Sanyika played such a major role in my birth going as smoothly as it did. From our first interaction, I knew I had found a great doula. She is very knowledgeable and has such a calming spirit. She put my needs and goals for my birth of top importance ALWAYS ! During my birth, when everyone was focused on the new baby, she was focused on me and my needs. She will forever hold a special place in me and my family's heart. 

Earlmetria Perry

1/4/2022

I first off like to say I am honored to be able to publicly leave a review about my first pregnancy experience  with Sanyika being my superhero doula; especially going the unmedicated natural route. Since day 1 with Sanyika she matched my husband and  I energy. It never seemed forced but comfortable. She made sure we were confident in our decision and  knowledge and be there For any questions Both of us may have. To know she had other mommies, she was always there, she's great at advising what best specifically work for you and tolerating pain. One of the greatest advice Sanyika gave me and husband was, enjoy each other while we wait for our baby girl to  be born because once that day come it changed from that day forward. One of the greatest advice. During labor she was patient, attentive and comforting! I could go on and on but Sanyika is great to have in the room while giving birth. Love love love her ?? I'm waiting for my sister in law to get pregnant so she can use her too lol

Alicia

12/9/2021

Sanyika is an amazing doula and friend.  She is kind, patient, knowledgeable, open-minded, and a will advocate on your behalf.  She truly loves to educate and support her clients and is always a phone call, text, or email away.  Her advice and support when I gave birth was priceless.  I truly feel if I hadn't taken her advice when I was induced I would have gotten a c-section (vaginal birth was my goal).  Also, my labor/progress was not going according to my birth plan and I felt terrible about it, but Sanyika was positive and supportive and did not judge the choices I made.  My husband was grateful for her support as well and I believe the three of us made an excellent team!  

Marissa Franklin

11/16/2021

Do yourself a favor and get you a Doula!
If I could give Sanyika 10 stars I would !
It’s was such a pleasant experience working with her. Sanyika assisted me with my 4th baby and with that many children you would think you got it all figured out by now. Well let me tell you every pregnancy is different and Sanyika brought such knowledge and resources and comfort throughout my pregnancy it was truly priceless. When it was my big day Sanyika was incredible from her affirming me to being hands on during those surges. Together we made my vaginal breech surprise gender birth an experience we will never forget.

Rebeca Tingeira

9/7/2021

Sanyika is such a blessing to this generation! I usually don't write reviews but for this one I have too! Many of us sometimes just need someone's experience to a service for us to also be willing to try, that's really my intention by writing this.

Before even finding out I was pregnant, I already knew I'd like to have a doula, because I knew the kind of birth I wanted would benefit me a lot to have someone to both educate me on the subject and support me(emotionally, physically, spiritually). But when it happened I found myself in a financial place that I couldn't afford it. I was already giving up on my dream and desire to have someone that would not only educate me on the subject of motherhood but also support me on this exciting journey. But that was when Sanyika told me about the empowerment scholarship program that ended up applying and winning. Working with Sanyika has been very fun which has changed completely my perspective on pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She's always honest yet positive. She really cares for her paciente which she treats more like friends. I cannot imagine going through this journey and without her! I faced challenges allong the way with my pregnancy but Sanyika would always have the right words to comfort and support me! She played a big role when it came to me having my desired unmediated birth even though it was an induced birth. The postpartum support was another blessing! I could write more, but let me just say I had an amazing birth experience, even though  the process and the journey was challenging, because God blessed me with the opportunity to meet and work with Sanyika. I really appreciate and like her <3.

Diamond Roberson

9/6/2021

Sanyika is the bomb.com! Being a first time single mother, Sanyika was very informative, kind and patient with me. She heavily prepared me for the arrival of my son. Although, my birthing plan didn't go as planned, Sanyika was there when things took a turn for what I felt was the worst, but with the gentleness and support from Sanyika, I was able to push through. I would highly recommend her to all of my moms to be or even experienced moms. She was so insightful for postpartum that I was able to recognize and normalize certain feelings and emotions. I absolutely love her and will definitely choose her again for my future kids. 

Krystal Norris-Landry

8/3/2021

I absolutely love Saniyka!! She was such an Angel in disguise! Literally my advocate when I didn’t have the words. She gave me so much education about birth throughout my pregnancy and after. She helped me pick the perfect birthing team along with being super supportive before labor, during, and after. Writing this review and trying to form words is hard because the experience I had with her really is indescribable. She was so patient with me in moment that I was uneasy and indecisive. She held my hand, put my chapstick on, set the mood. I mean she is just amazing!!! She will be our family Doula forever she is apart of our family we love her!

Nena

7/29/2021

I gave birth to my first baby about 8 weeks ago and by birth experience was everything I prayed, and hoped for it to be. Sanyika played a huge part in making that happen! Although I decided to give birth in the hospital, I still wanted to make sure my wishes were honored which I know can be difficult in a hospital setting where some interventions are typically set as standard. I wanted to labor at home as long as possible because my plan was to have a natural umedicated birth. With Sanyika by my side, I was able to do just that! My husband called her late at night when my contractions started to get real close together. She came right over and I was able to start my labor process at home! She was calm, reassuring, and very positive! By the time I made it to the hospital, I was already 7 cm dilated! Once we got to the hospital she acted as my advocate. My husband and I could not have done this without her and we are forever grateful. I highly recommend Sanyika 100%.!!!

Gean Nate LaFargue

6/6/2021

The initial visit was to create my birth plan. The following visit was to practice and prepare for laboring. I had a scheduled induction, so we arranged a time for her to be there. This was my third child, so things progressed quickly. Sanyika was in contact with me the entire time (overnight), and was able to get to the hospital, hours earlier than planned. She came in with her giant bag, and the calmest, sweetest energy. The nursing staff loves her. She dimmed the fluorescent lights and put on beautiful ambient lights. She played music (as previously discussed with me). She was there through every contraction and bathroom trip. After anesthesia, through contractions and readjustments. After two previous deliveries, this one was actually a great experience. Everything went so quickly; I was admitted to the hospital at 2am, medication started 6am, and my daughter was born at 10am. I was cheated with my other two children, as my husband was not actually present, or making everything worse. Sanyika assisted with nursing, getting me drinks, my food, bathroom breaks, the baby... everything. She stayed with me through the night. Prior to Sanyika, I was embarrassed not having my husband there. Sanyika went above and beyond what you would expect of the best husbands. Sanyika also had visits after I was home with the baby. No task was beneath her, as she did laundry, dishes, cleaned up toys, cared for my two year old, tolerated my anxious dog, etc. She held, comforted and burped my newborn, she held and made my two year old feel included. Sanyika even continued to check in with my family, months after the baby was born. I’d absolutely recommend Sanyika the Doula. Super long winded review, but I’d recommend her for sure to single mothers, (it’s definitely worth the expense) but I’d also recommend Sanyika as supplemental to husbands, mothers, sisters, etc. 

Asha Brewer

5/17/2021

Sanyika is an angel on earth. My husband and I were having our first child in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic. We needed to be educated about pregnancy and the birthing process; I also desired an advocate that had been through the process themselves. Sanyika supported us during pregnancy, in the room during delivery, and even after for the duration of the hardest parts postpartum. We learned so much through her, and now I never want to have another child without her! She was gentle with her encouragement and suggestions, she’s an incredible listener (sometimes I just needed to vent), and she always checked on my husband mentally as a new dad as well. She referred us to an amazing chiropractor and hypnobirthing course, and even virtually attended doctor visits. I can’t say enough good things about Sanyika. My birth experience was incredible because of her.

LaCherrion Joshua

2/3/2021

Im so thankful for Sanyika and the support & encouragement she provided  in bringing my daughter earth side. She helped me to be confident to do things I never thought I could.  I am forever grateful for her guidance and her educating me on the proper questions to ask at my appointments. I went into birth knowledgeable of my options and confident in the fact that this was the birth that I wanted. 

QueEra

11/10/2020

I started following Sanyika on Instagram pretty far along in my pregnancy this year. Although I wanted the support of a doula, I figured it was too late for me. I just so happened to see her post of a pro bono service she was advertising at the time. Now by this time I was in the middle of my ninth  month and figured she would even answer my application. Lol. But I decided to press my luck anyway. She contacted me within a half hour! Something I was certainly not expecting. She explained it was never too late to receive her services no matter where I was in my pregnancy. Her support through my last couple weeks of pregnancy and few months postpartum was essential to helping me get through a very difficult time. Now my eldest child is almost 11 years old so I was definitely starting over! Lol I had ton of questions and not once did she grow tired of me. She had many resources to help me and she also shared experiences of her own which made me feel comfortable about the decisions I’d made for myself and my little one. She kept in contact with me and made sure that I knew I could also reach out to her if needed. Definitely one of the most sweetest, kindest and REALEST women I’ve ever known.  If you or anyone you know is in need of a doula, I highly recommend her. Thank you, Sanyika!

Jasmine

10/29/2020

Adding Sanyika to my "birth team" was one of the easiest and best decisions I made for my pregnancy journey. My husband and I instantly connected with her as it felt like we were just talking with family. She was so supportive, answering the random questions I had throughout pregnancy as I prepared for childbirth. I already felt she was so valuable to us and we hadn't even birthed our baby yet!! Due to COVID restrictions at the hospital, Sanyika came to my home to labor with me prior to going to the hospital and talk about support, love and comfort. She was with me through the late hours of night to the early morning, then we went off the hospital to deliver! We remained in contact throughout our hospital stay and even through postpartum. I didn't realize I would have a doula/confidant for life, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks Sanyika!

Chelsea Hemphill-Poplar

10/24/2020

When I first decided to get a doula, Sanyika was the first one I met with. Upon meeting, I knew she was going to be the best part of my birth story, and she was! My mother passed away unexpectedly and COVID-19 came around, making my pregnancy way more difficult emotionally than expected. Sanyika was always there cheering for me alongside my husband, and was such a great support during my birth. I truly appreciate her persistence and her caring bedside nature as she sat with me at the hospital for over 12 hrs. I will recommend her every day of the week! Thanks again Sanyika!

Audera C.

10/23/2020

The birth of my son was not an easy one. I labored for 6 days (I know, right) & was in the hospital for a total of 10 days. A huge part of making this process bearable was the fact that I had an amazing doula supporting me throughout the entire ordeal. I found her later in my pregnancy ( 31weeks) but because of the amount of support I got prior, during, and postpartum- it felt like she’d been with me the entire time. From weekly meetings to educational resources, labor techniques, breathing exercises, even installing my car seat while I was in labor- Sanyika was absolutely amazing and did it all!! .

As a black Woman I was so afraid to have my son in a traditional hospital setting. Sanyika eliminated all of my fears and made my birth one to remember. If you are interested in doula services - I would highly recommend reaching out and completing a consult. You will not regret it! Thank you soo much Sanyika for all of your support!! You are appreciated. ??????

Laura Chavez

10/1/2020

After having traumatic labor experiences in the past I decided to hire a doula this time around. It was the best decision I ever had! Having Sanyika made the difference. She helped me keep focus throughout my contractions and made my labor run smoothly!
Oh how I wished I had hired a doula way before. Thankfully I had the labor I wanted and I had my first VBAC and Sanyika was a part of it!! Thank you so much Sanyika!!!

La'Cretia Ball

7/29/2020

This was my first experience of having a doula and I definitely would be using her again. She gave me the support that I needed during my second pregnancy and I wish I had her during the first pregnancy. She is very comforting, supportive and was there every step of the way. I definitely would recommend her to anyone that is expecting.

Xzania

7/22/2020

As a second time mom with previous midwifery/birth center and dual experience, I thought my husband and I were prepared to venture into the second labor without a doula. However, as my due date approached, I became concerned about laboring in a new city without family. I realized there may be times my husband needed to take care of our 3 year old or rest, and I would be stuck laboring alone until my mother arrived. So my hunt for a doula began. This time, I knew I wanted a Black doula. Sanyika swept into my heart with her sweet, empathetic personality and affordable rates. She was patient and available,  and she dealt with my chronic complaining via text flawlessly. She always responded quickly no matter the time, she was readily available. Sanyika was reassuring, resourceful, and encouraging. She had solutions and suggestions for almost every ailment. In the delivery room, she maintained an assertive presence but was complicit with my demands when needed. She wasn’t afraid to push back against me once the intense pain impaired my decision making. She knew what was best, and she made sure I had food and drink to sustain my energy even when I didn’t want to. Even once I got the epidural at 6 cm dilated, Sanyika was still incredibly helpful: offering positioning suggestions, assisting the nurse and midwife as needed, rendering heated massages to help with the leg stiffness. Sanyika was an instrumental part of the team championing me during a looong pushing session. After the birth, she stayed for a few hours: assisting with breast feeding and helping my family move my belongings out of the labor room and into the mother/baby room. Bottom line, Sanyika the Doula is awesome. She has resources for everything and continues to keep in touch even 5 months postpartum. I highly recommend her. You won’t regret it. She’s definitely part of the family and will easily meld into yours.

Chans Thomas

9/17/2019

Sanyika was exactly what my husband and I needed our birthing experience! Prior to going into labor, we sat and had a conversation to cover all the specifics concerning the big day. Sanyika was very accommadating and opened up her schedule in case our little one arrived early. Well, I went into labor a week early and she was one call away, ready to be there for us! After a few hours in the hospital with little to no pain, she showed up shortly after midnight to assist me. It was right on time because that's when the pain began. Through the entire process, she was a source of comfort, encouragement and strength. She used techniques to minimize the pain from my contractions and was present: fully invested physically and emotionally through the entire process. She also shared the experience of welcoming our little girl into the world and held her for the first time shortly after. If you're looking for a doula who is the real deal, use Sanyika! She created a less stressful environment for me to welcome life and I am truly thankful she was there.

Catherine Sanders

9/6/2019

I loved having Sanyika as my doula. She was by my side for both of my pregnancies. She was the comforting voice I needed and the held my hand when I needed it most. She was also my spokeswoman. Prior to delivery Sanyika and I sat down and discussed my birth plan in detail. I was able to confide in her and tell her what I was afraid, excited about, what I needed and wanted most. I loved having Sanyika at my side and recommend her to anyone that is interested in having a doula. 

Morayo

9/6/2019

I had an awesome 1st delivery experience with Sanyika as my doula. She provided the upmost assistance for preparing my body for delivery. During my time delivering, we performed a variety of techniques that faciliated the birthing process. Although I had both my mother and my husband in the labor room, it was very benefical to have Sanyika there for the guided support. She was constantly on her toes providing any additional items that we needed to be comfortable. Also she took some wonderful pictures and videos throughout the process. I highly recommend her as a doula.

 

 

Kim Wright

9/5/2019

Choosing Sanyika as my doula was the best decision I’ve ever made. As a first time mom, I had no prior knowledge of what to expect and was nervous about the process. Sanyika’s expertise coupled with her impeccable personality truly put me at ease. She knew the right positions to put me in to manage my pain. During labor I had difficulties pushing. Sanyika’s calming and reassuring presence got me through it. She always made herself available for my questions whether it be breastfeeding or postpartum issues. Having her by my side through this experience was truly a blessing and amazing. I wholeheartedly recommend Sanyika to anyone looking for a nurturing and professional Doula. 

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