Sankofa Childbirth Education
& Lactation Services

giving our children the best start in life!

Class and Group Descriptions:

The Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle (PBBC)

The Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle (PBBC) is an in-person and online supportive supportive community and safe space  for black breastfeeding women to meet and discuss some of the unique challenges they face with breastfeeding and parenting. We discuss a variety of topics and have local health providers speak to our group.   We meet twice a month  at The Birth Circle Office in East Liberty  at 211 North Whitfield Street Suite 375.  We  also offer an accompanying Facebook group. For more information, please visit our website at www.pghblackbreastfeedingcircle.org


Childbirth Education

The Sankofa Childbirth class cover topics including: what to expect in the last trimester, phases and stages of labor,  gate control, how to time contractions, the 5-1-1 rule, when to go to the hospital or birth center, comfort measures, family and doula support, loving your post-pregnancy body, what to expect in the postpartum period, how to be lovers and parents, and the all improtant topic of sleep...plus  more! This class is ideally taken between 28-35 weeks of pregnancy. As with all of our classes, we want to meet your needs so we can adjust topics based upon your questions and concerns. Private and small group classes are scheduled by appointment. To schedule a class, send us a message on our CONTACT page.

Breastfeeding Education

Our Prenatal Breastfeeding Class discusses common myths about breastfeeding, how the breasts make milk, how to achieve a proper latch, how to know baby is getting enough, what to expect in the first few weeks, nursing multiples, how to prevent and treat sore nipples, how to prevent and resolve engorgement, how to choose a breast pump, plus more. This class is ideally taken between 28-35 weeks of pregnancy. As with all of our classes, we want to meet your needs so we can adjust topics based upon your questions and concerns. Private and small group classes are scheduled by appointment. To schedule a class, send us a message on our CONTACT page.

Starting in October, we are offering a Working and Breastfeeding series at Panera Bread at 3401 Blvd of the Allies- 15213. This class is geared toward women whose babies are at least 3-4 weeks old and are planning to return to work. The meet ups are on Sundays: 10/30 at 12-1:30 pm, 11/13 from 10:30-12pm and Thurs 12/15 from 6-7:30 pm. Each participant will receive a packet of info and topics will include: increasing milk supply, power pumping, choosing a daycare, Dept of Labor Laws and more!

Sankofa Blessing Ceremony

This unique ceremony provides the new mother with a special time of blessing and words of wisdom from wise women and mothers of her choosing in  her community. This differs  from a baby shower in that the focus is the mother first, then her precious little one. We will bless the mother with good food and comfort where she can address her wishes for the  new baby and her passage into motherhood. A gentle massage and pampering session is included if the mother so chooses. This ceremony ideally for mothers between 28-35 weeks of pregnancy. To schedule a class, send us a message on our CONTACT page.


For more information about fees for all classes, groups, and ceremonies, click below.