- Certified nurse-midwife with experience caring for families in various settings
- Helps create strategies for providing equitable reproductive healthcare
- Breastfeeding and chestfeeding specialist who co-founded Black Breastfeeding Week
Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka, C.N.M., is a nurse-midwife, a breast/chestfeeding specialist, a consultant, and a medical educator. She has experience caring for families in clinics, birth centers, and hospital settings as a gynecological, peripartum (before, during, and after delivery), and newborn care provider.
Sangodele-Ayoka writes, speaks, and consults with organizations to help integrate culturally congruent midwifery care into clinical practice and use social media to deepen community building and leverage social change. She is also a co-founder of Black Breastfeeding Week.
Sangodele-Ayoka has a strong foundation in meditation, yoga, and other peaceful practices and incorporates them into the holistic care she provides.
Sangodele-Ayoka earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Vassar College, concentrating in history and literature. She earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing at Yale University with concentrations in nurse-midwifery and as a women’s health nurse practitioner. She also earned a Master of Education from Long Island University.
Affiliations and Publications
- American College of Nurse-Midwives
- United States Breastfeeding Committee
- National Black Midwives Alliance
- Co-investigator, “Racism and Resistance: A Qualitative Study of Bias As a Barrier to Breastfeeding.” Breastfeeding Medicine (2021).
- Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers. Praeclarus Press (2014).
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