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About Sanu

Sanu offers an exceptional postpartum experience that goes beyond traditional care that you would have to book piecemeal. We understand the transformative nature of the postpartum period and have designed our services to support birthing and non-birthing parents, mothers, partners, and newborns during this critical time.

Our goal is to provide a comprehensive and personalized experience through our postpartum retreat-style experience that promotes recovery, education, and emotional well-being.

With our physician-developed care program and experienced caregivers, we prioritize your postpartum recovery and provide around-the-clock support, including a 24/7 nursery so you can rest, hands-on masterclasses on caring for your baby and yourself, as well as resources to reduce stress and anxiety, like a serene environment and proactive mental health support.

Book now and let us guide you through this transformative phase with compassionate care and personalized support.

Sanu’s Mission

Sanu is driven by a mission to normalize a culture of postpartum care by providing foundational postpartum support so families can thrive in the postpartum period and beyond. We understand that the postpartum period can be physically and emotionally demanding, and we are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment where you can heal, bond with your baby, and gain confidence as a parent.

Our evidence-based, “both/and” approach to postpartum care focuses on providing judgment-free, mother-centered care because a supported mother has whole family benefits. We also believe in being partner inclusive because an included partner makes better partners. 

We believe that no two families are the same, and our dedicated team will work closely with you to develop an individualized care plan that addresses your specific preferences and challenges.

Supported Postpartum Recovery

At Sanu, our physician-developed care program incorporates evidence-based recovery practices. What’s more, our experienced caregivers are available 24/7 to provide personalized support.

Customized Care and Learning

Our hands-on learning experiences, including masterclasses, are designed to empower you with the knowledge and skills required to care for your newborn and yourself. Together with our newborn care specialists who can help you with lactation or bottle feeding, baby care and other unique needs, you’ll be ready to take on the parenthood journey with confidence.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety

Our postnatal retreat offers mothers and parents tranquil surroundings and thoughtful amenities to create a peaceful atmosphere where you can focus on your recovery and bond with your newborn. We also offer proactive mental health support services, including regular check-ins with counselors, to address mental health.

Meet Our Leadership Team

At Sanu, our exceptional leaders are passionate about providing the highest quality postpartum care.

Julia Kim, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

In 2018, I was pregnant with my first child, and I felt over-prepared as I headed into childbirth. I had read all of the books, talked to doctors, and asked a ton of questions to my fellow mom friends. 

Once I had the baby, I was overwhelmed by how my reality was so different from what I had expected. I had trouble breastfeeding, I was unsure how to best care for my new baby, and I was exhausted. 

A few years later, I had my second child on a Thursday, and I was back to work on Monday. Many of the same issues that I had after the birth of my first child were still present, but this time with the added burden of mental health struggles. There were ample resources to help with baby care, but not much in the form of mother-centered care, benefitting not only the mother but also the entire family.

I knew there could be a better way to handle this critical, physically and mentally demanding time during a mother’s fourth trimester. Sanu strives to be the village of support that I wish I had.

Sarah Walls, Director of Operations

Beginning my professional journey in critical care as an ICU nurse, I experienced the profound challenges of returning to work postpartum during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. The birth of my son ignited a passion for lactation, guiding me to navigate and maintain my lactation schedule amid long 12.5-hour shifts. This newfound dedication steered my career path towards Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum units, where I supported new mothers and imparted knowledge on lactation and infant care, eventually rising to the role of nurse manager. My commitment to nurturing new families led me to Sanu, driven by a vision to provide holistic, comprehensive postpartum care that nurtures the family’s collective wellness.

Edom Abebe, Manager

Growing up in Ethiopia, I observed how the postpartum traditions were embraced in Ethiopian Culture. I remember my cousin giving birth and having her family members stay with her for 40 days which tremendously supported her to solely focus on her physical, emotional, and psychological well-being all the while bonding with her baby. She would have a lot of visitors (friends, priest, neighbors…) bearing gifts such as protein packed traditional home cooked meals, pastries, jewelry, and maternal & baby clothes to honor and acknowledge this beautiful yet challenging journey of motherhood. This significant postpartum period set the stage for a healthy and happy family dynamic.
 
Given that I have a background in Psychology, Occupational Therapy, and energy healing, Sanu’s mission for a bright future in mother centered and holistic postpartum care aligned with my own upbringing and cultural experience which prompted me into joining forces with Sanu. My passion lies from a genuine desire to physically, mentally, and emotionally support new parents as they navigate the challenges of adjusting to life with a newborn. 
A. Moon

From the moment you walk in you’re greeted by friendly team members who walk you through every step of your stay. They’re reachable all the time via a WhatsApp group, which we found convenient and helpful. The suites are comfortable and well equipped, just like staying at a luxury hotel, just with all the baby stuff you could need and more. We actually discovered some of our favorite products (baby cream and oil) from Sanu staff picks

A. Cusmano
My husband and I are both healthcare professionals, yet still found these classes enriching and immediately used some of the evidence-based techniques to help our baby. We were assisted with a newborn bath in the comfort of our room, which made us feel more comfortable with bathing techniques for our baby when we returned home. To top it all off, we were able to get some much needed sleep while knowing our baby was safe in the nursery and could see him on a secure app on our phone.  The Sanu Postpartum Retreat staff has thought of everything that you could ever want to make life during the postpartum journey easier during your stay. This sanctuary allows mothers to take time to heal, repair, and restore themselves so you can focus on your growing family.
N. Adadevoh

This is an amazing concept for moms looking for 24/7 postpartum care in the DC Maryland and Virginia area! I highly recommend them to all moms!

A. Cusmano

The Sanu Postpartum retreat provides a relaxing spa-quality atmosphere coupled with a physician-developed evidence-based care. The retreat takes a holistic approach to help families navigate the postpartum period, whether this is your first child or whether you are a seasoned mother.

A. Moon

Sanu is a wonderful concept and the execution delivers! My wife and I stayed here after the birth of our son so that mom could get some well deserved recovery time. The Sanu team really took great care of us and we’ll look back on our stay as a fond memory during such an important time in our lives. Highly recommend considering a stay for your postpartum recovery, there’s really nothing else like it.

Book Your Room Today

At Sanu, we prioritize your well-being and provide a nurturing environment for you, your partner, and your newborn.

Take the first step on your supported postpartum recovery journey, and contact us today to book your room.