Dr. Doula's Sankofa Wraps
With Sankofa Wraps, Dr. Doula celebrates African American women’s continued resourcefulness, innovation, and ability to create simple solutions for complex problems. Sankofa Wraps are hand crafted. They are 6 yards long by 15 inches wide and made of light weight material with a convenient pocket to serve multiple purposes from birth and belly to baby and beyond. They are simple in design and are made to accommodate the diverse of needs of mothers while adding simplicity and adornment to their often complex lives.
Sankofa Wrap 2017 Selection
In modern society and western cultures, much emphasis placed on how quickly women’s bodies “bounce back” to their pre-pregnancy form after the birth of their babies. Throughout history in traditional and indigenous cultures around the world, belly binding or wrapping has also been recognized for more functional purposes that include:
- Helping stretched muscles and ligaments re-stabilize and strengthen after birth
- Helping stabilize internal organs that have been moved out of place during pregnancy
- Supporting the back and the abdomen as mothers regain strength in those areas
- Helping speed up the healing process and decrease bleeding postpartum
- Providing much needed skeletal support for the postpartum body
In African cultures, women have used decorative materials to adorn themselves that have also served very important functions surrounding birth. Women have used simple fabrics to support the weight of their bellies late into pregnancy, help manage labor, wrap their bellies to re-stabilize their postpartum bodies, and to carry their babies and toddlers with ease as they went throughout the day. (The benefits of belly wrapping and wearing your baby are discussed in Dr. Doula’s Virtual Hangout: “10 Things Every African American Women Should Know about Birth”)
Baby wearing Demonstrations by the "Zulu Doula"