Charlotte Doula Company is a team of Doulas of Color supporting pregnant individuals and couples. We offer childbirth education classes, birth support with a doctor or midwife, placenta encapsulation, water birth, postpartum doula services, spanish speaking, black doulas
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We are extremely grateful for the parents who take the time to share their experiences with others considering our doula services. They are often busy with newborns and sleep-deprived. Yet, they sacrifice their precious time to provide these reviews that will hopefully help you decide if we are the doula team for you!
One word... AMAZING! I am so happy I went with this company to find my perfect doula. Kira’s customer service from the very beginning is impeccable and I was so happy she paired me with Stephanie to be my primary doula. Stephanie and I clicked immediately! She is SO PASSIONATE, supportive, genuine, kind & loving. In the very beginning of my pregnancy, my partner didn’t understand the purpose of having a doula. After I gave birth he said to me “I am so so happy you had Stephanie, you really needed her and she helped you get through in ways I couldn’t.” I myself even underestimated what having a doula would do for me. In my first consultation with Stephanie she said to me “I will be your best friend throughout your pregnancy” but she doesn’t know she became more than a best friend... she became a sister to me. Stephanie has become my FAMILY! I would never ever forget how she made me feel throughout my pregnancy. Any time I needed to talk or get through a hiccup she was always there. She coached me & prepped me on how to surrender & allow my body to birth. Stephanie went above & beyond to always make sure I was relaxed and felt in control of everything. However, my home birth didn’t go as planned & we had to adapt to all the changes very quickly. If I didn’t have Stephanie I would have been a complete WRECK! She made me feel so safe throughout my whole pregnancy and especially in labor! We had such strong connection and chemistry that I can just look at her while I was in pain & she knew exactly what I needed. She helped me get through every single contraction and I mean it... every single one. This woman has stayed by my side for 24 HOURS while I was in labor without sleeping or barely eating. She took such great care of me & I will never ever forget it. Stephanie has left a permanent mark on my heart! Having A Doula is so ESSENTIAL especially for us Women of color! I so appreciate MINE-R-T and all that they do!
Tacoma L.'s review of working with Nicole
Meet my sweet doula Nicole! When I found out I was expecting I was adamant that a doula was a necessity and not optional. My last birth experience was nothing like I expected despite all the reading and youtube video watching I participated in. I felt unprepared and like my voice wasn’t heard.
I chose MINE-R-T Doulas who [assigned] me to Nicole because I wanted an extra set of eyes and ears throughout the process but also because of the increasing rates of #blackmaternalmortality quite frankly I was very nervous especially with my health history. #lupuswarriors .
The knowledge, tools and resources available when you have a doula are immeasurable. The guidance, attention to detail and hands-on assistance made my birthing experience one I will never forget! .
Nicole absolutely deserves a medal for all she’s done for me! A week before induction we found out our son was transverse on his back making a C-section a necessity. I immediately called Nicole and she gave me recommendations that encouraged baby to turn and because of that I was able to have a natural vaginal birth like I wanted. When we finally called her during labor she immediately sprung into action and coached me through the most empowering birthing experience I’ve ever had! If you’re in the Charlotte and surrounding area I definitely recommend their services!
Shanora J.'s review of working with Doula Stephanie
I worked with Stephanie and I can’t recommended her highly enough. From the first phone call to the delivery she was so encouraging and great to me and my family. She truly listened to me and my needs and took it all into consideration as she created self curated plans for me and my family. Communicating with her was effortless, she responded to every single one of my text messages and calls and never made me feel silly for not knowing certain terms and procedures involving child birth and home births in general, and seeing as this was my first home birth I had a lot of questions. She fed me and kept me hydrated as I was in labor and really championed me on and I’m so thankful for her. She even made teas for me to drink during pregnancy that really helped my body. 2020 was a hard year for so many and being a pregnant woman during a pandemic was stress-inducing already, but I could always rely on Stephanie to pull me out of whatever doubts I had and prepare me for birth. I don’t think I would have been able to push through it it weren’t for her. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend her and her services.
Kira was the person who made my dream a reality when it came to birth. I had previously gone to the hospital with my first and this time wanted to avoid that at almost any cost. Kira picked up on this and provided crucial information that led to me deciding on homebirth. She also suggested a midwife who turned out to be absolutely amazing and had a ton of experience. Kira was also elemental in being a patient advocate and helping to communicate our interests for the birth plan. I ended up having precipitous labor but Kira was still able to help my husband through the worst part of transition etc. My husband really wanted to cut the cord this time and Kira got a photo of this as she knew how much it meant to him. She was truly amazing and I would recommend her to anyone. She will figure out what you need and give you the tools and information to make that happen.
Before my pregnancy I did not know much about a doula other than what my best friend shared from her birth experience. However, I knew it was something I desired! Our little love arrived without planning so him being a shock was an understatement for us and supported was needed. In the initial interview Kira empowered and educated me in the most nurturing and organic way as if I had known her my whole life! And this same support carried on through my entire pregnancy! We went a week past due date which felt like a month overdue but again her education and empowerment was unmatched and what I needed to prepare for our marathon labor. Kira supported my boyfriend and mother as well giving them both knowledge on how to support me best during our labor. She guided in a way that made them both leaders in our labor but also was a strong force in the birthing team! My actual birth story went off track the birth plan but with Kira’s endurance, knowledge and LOVE I had a labor and delivery that surpassed anything imagined. She helped guide us all through a natural delivery with many unexpected turns to meet my greatest joy! A doula is definitely a wonderful bonus but Kira is a gem and will support you in the most challenging yet amazing journey for you and your family! Every birth story deserves a Kira!!
Kira was such a calming presence at my birth. From the second she showed up, she had an amazing way of knowing just what I needed, when I needed it. Squeezing my hips, putting a peanut ball under me to support my arms when they got tired, using aromatherapy to give me an energy boost... she had a magical way of doing what I didn’t know to ask for, or couldn’t vocalize through the pain. Having her there let my husband stay present with me and focused on helping me with every push and contraction, while she did things in the background to help us both. She also took some photos in the moments after my daughter was born.. not the best quality (phone) and really raw, but enough to remember the moment and I will always treasure them! We absolutely recommend her and if we have another child, will work with her again!
Kira was absolutely wonderful! After interviewing several doulas and not feeling that special connection I was very relieved to find Kira! She addressed everything to me AND my husband which was so nice and even sent me a text message wishing my daughter a happy birthday after I mentioned when her birthday was during our initial visit. These small details made our experience very personal. She was very quick to respond every time I contacted her and she was amazing during my labor. She met us at the birthing center as soon as I called her and didn't leave my side. She empowered my husband and even got him a stool when he had been standing by my side for a long time. She was that calming and knowledgeable presence I wanted during my labor and bridged the support gap between my husband and the midwife.
Finding Kira and having her as a doula for my 2nd birthing experience was everything I was hoping for and more. I had a very traumatic first birthing experience and really wanted my 2nd experience to be better. I found Kira by googling and could tell instantly from her webpage that she was the doula I was looking for. During my experience she was hands on, in the thick of it with me and is more than likely the reason that my baby girl was born. I had to be induced and if it hadn't of been for Kira I don't think this experience would have went as well as it did. I was experiencing a lot of back labor during my contractions and Kira was able to get the baby to turn to the right position. She was able to help my husband and myself during the whole process which made it so much better and more comfortable for both of us. She is very knowledgeable and skilled. I am very happy with my experience and would highly recommend Kira to any one!
I had a fantastic first time birth experience with Kira as my doula! I never felt more empowered in all my life! I felt confident that I could have the natural birth I desired with Kira by my side. She was easy to reach via text and phone call at any hour. As soon as my husband told her I wanted her to come over she was there quickly! Every piece of advice and wisdom she shared with us was spot on. Knowing that we had her expertise with us made my husband and I feel at ease. I highly, highly recommend Kira's doula services. My birth was phenomenal and it may sound odd but I cannot wait to birth again because of her!
Photo Courtesy of NicCole Photography
Kira was my doula for the birth of my first child. I had researched the benefits of having Doula and it was very important for me to have additional support through out my pregnancy and birth. Kira and I met several times during my pregnancy to create my birth plan and review birthing positions with my husband. She reassured me constantly when I had doubts and reaffirmed my desire to have a natural birth. She was available via text and email, and checked in with me weekly (even though I often forgot) to receive updates on my and baby's health. I was 42 weeks pregnant when I was induced. Shortly after the doctor broke my water, Kira was there. Kira was phenomenal and never left my side! I know her maneuvers and suggested birthing positions encouraged my labor. She reassured me when I had doubts and encouraged me when I said I couldn't do this anymore. She ensured the medical staff respected my birthing wishes and advocated for me when I could not speak for myself. My son was delivered safely after 12 hours of labor. And even after he was here, Kira stopped by my home when I had breastfeeding issues. She corrected my latch and since then we've been breastfeeding seamlessly. Kira has such a special place in my family's heart. She's kind and thoughtful, competent, and so graceful. Whenever I'm blessed with my second little one, Kira has to be a part of the package. I highly recommend her if you're considering a doula.
Thanks to the wonderful support of our doula Kira Kimble. She was with us all along, she had been a great help before, during, and after the birth of our son, Théodore Vadim. Theodore is our first baby and Kira lovingly guided and supported us through the process and made the birth experience really great. We also really liked the notes Kira took documenting the process as we were obviously too busy ourselves-this helps us remember all of the details for the rest of our lives. If you are looking for a doula, we would highly recommend Kira Kimble.
Kira was truly amazing as my doula. I really couldn’t have asked for more. She was warm and personable and also very professional. I felt so empowered by having her on our birth team. Her knowledge, expertise and calm presence made all the difference before, during, and after labor and delivery. And what’s more is that Kira also taught my husband how to be a great partner in supporting me through every step of the process. For anyone who is thinking about hiring a doula: don’t think twice! DO lT NOW. I promise you won’t regret it.
I hired Kira as my doula for the birth of my second child. Being in a new city with no family I was looking for a little extra support. I am so happy I found her. She was absolutely amazing. She helped me find a new care provider after expressing I wasn't happy where I was previously going and helped me feel confident in wanting a natural med free child birth this time around. Through out my pregnancy she answered any question I had and always had helpful resources. During my labor she made such a difference. Her support and massages made a world of difference and I'm so thankful to have had her there with me. If I were to have any more children I will definitely hire Kira again, no doubt about it.
I decided to hire a doula for my 3rd pregnancy. I'm 37 years old and was not expecting to have another baby anytime soon. I have a 12yr old and 8yr old so starting over was not the plan. I decided to hire a doula because I wanted a all natural birth and after reading several reviews I decided to hire Kira Kimble. I saw her doula service page on Facebook. I'm so glad I hired her. She was there every step of the way. I could call her anytime with questions and she always had a great resource to send to me to back up whatever she told me. I got the all natural birth I wanted. My birth could not have been anymore perfect. I called Kira at 4am and she met me at the hospital. After only 4 hours of labor I delivered a healthy baby girl with no medication. I can't thank her enough for all the emotional, mental, and physical support she provided. She followed up with me within 2 weeks of delivery. She followed every step in her contract. If I have another child Kira will be my Doula of choice.
Was great to have Kira by my side, if I have another child I would choose her again.
From day 1 meeting with Kira my boyfriend and I felt so welcomed (she greeted us with a warm hug) I was sold from there. She is very informative and answered all the questions I had. After meeting with her I was sold even though I went into the first meeting sold on having a Doula. Nicole was my Doula, she was also so welcoming and informative. I would say I was an easy customer because of all the research I did but any time I txtd or called she would answer any questions I had even if I thought it was a dumb question. She was very reliable, the night I started having contractions she was up responding in the middle of the night. During labor she was supportive, helped me feel comfortable and helped my boyfriend help me during every contraction. I highly recommend this company or having a Doula by your side during your time. And it was my first child and I went natural.
During our experience with Mine-R-T Doula we had the pleasure of working with Kira as well as Stephanie. Kira is extremely magnetic, knowledgeable & comforting I loved her direct yet gentle approach. As for Stephanie, she was a fantastic support during our birth, providing that continuity of caring presence throughout our pregnancy & even now in postpartum. Her knowledge and support made us feel confident and supported even during this unsure time of COVID19 . Our birth experience was riddled with the unexpected and Stephanie broke it all down to clear,reasonable, non fearful status and always let us know our options. She reassured my partner every step of the way and answered all his questions regardless of how silly some of them might have been. She was kind and made him feel very included in the pregnancy which made him a even better partner & me a happy mama. I wouldn’t have wanted to go through this with anyone else. Even her just reminding me to relax and be gentle with myself made all the difference & made the transition to motherhood as a first time mom a lot less stressful. She has wonderful energy and her aura is extremely calming & relatable, I knew from our initial interaction we were a good fit, I would absolutely love to work with them again and would recommend theses wonderful ladies to any and everyone !
Shay & Joshua
My husband and I truly enjoyed working with Stephanie during our pregnancy journey. We had a magical experience in the hospital and a safe delivery.
We are so grateful for Nicole's knowledge, her kind spirit, and her commitment to our desired birth plan. She was a blessing to us before, during and after. We couldn't have asked for better. Thank you for everything and just know you and Nicole inspire us to believe in ourselves and our bodies!
Craig and Jessica B.
Photo by Discover Love Studios
Kira is warm, comforting, professional and extremely knowledgeable. Kira allows her patients to make their own decisions and she provides the facts. No judgement. During the birth Kira kept an eye on my vitals and the baby's. She helped us communicate with the doctors and staff so I could rest. This was invaluable. Post birth, Kira came to my aid quickly when I had some breastfeeding concerns. Having Kira provided us with a sense of confidence throughout the whole process. I will definitely be seeking her services should we have another baby.
We hired Kira for the birth of our first child and I know we could not have made it without her support and expertise. She respected my desire for an unmedicated birth, gave me encouragement as I discussed my options with my provider when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and even provided support when we had a water break false alarm! During my true labor she was always by my side. When I had several hours without progress and Kira calmly guided me through several maneuvers that corrected our baby's position without need for medical interventions. I had a wonderful birth experience and I credit that to Kira. I would hire her all over again!
We had such an amazing experience with Kira as our doula! She supplied us with information on care providers who were VBAC friendly and helped me to learn what questions to ask our care providers. And when I changed my mind about the scheduled c-section literally the night before, Kira was 100% supportive. When most thought I was insane for deciding last minute on a home birth, Kira encouraged me. Through our entire pregnancy, I think that’s when I realized I needed her most. Kira attended our home birth and thankfully she lived close by because we did not labor long. After a perfect birth experience, I was elated to find out that Kira had pictures and a play by play of the entire birth! We are now 7 weeks postpartum and she continues to be a valued part of our village, checking in on the little one, and offering info on development and support.
My husband and I knew we wanted to work with Kira, just a few minutes into our consultation. She was pleasant, intelligent, and had such a kind and gentle spirit about her. We cancelled our other doula interviews, because we knew we wanted to hire her and that she would be a perfect fit as we embarked on our journey of welcoming our daughter into the world. I had a cesarean section with my first child and with this pregnancy, I had a goal of a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), so I knew I needed additional support since there were certain things I'd need to take into consideration throughout my pregnancy and into delivery. Kira talked me through my fears, concerns, needs, desires, and we developed a plan to meet my goal. She helped me stay realistic and guided me through the pros and cons of things such as medication, induction, etc., that are important to think through as a VBAC client. As I reflect on labor and delivery of my daughter, the second most important day of my life, I get emotional thinking about the role Kira played. She made me feel confident, encouraged, and motivated to fight through the surges and to change my thought process from "pain" to "passion!" Kira is truly a professional and does her job well. She coached my husband and me and was attentive to us the entire time, from laboring on the hospital bed, over the toilet, and on the ball, to breathing and pushing our beautiful daughter out, we truly couldn’t have fought as long and as strong as we did without her. If you're looking for someone who will be committed to you, your family, and seeing you accomplish your goals, then Kira is the way to go. We absolutely recommend Kira Kimble!
Danielle & Chigozie
We found Kira as we prepared for the birth of our first child.She is very warm, knowledgeable, supportive and flexible.When our birth plan went out the window, she helped us make informed decisions around moving forward with a c-section due to breech. There was no doubt that we wanted Kira with us when we attempted an unmedicated vbac.Throughout the second half of this pregnancy, she was once again very instrumental in helping us prepare.She coached us through both the labor and pregnancy experiences and really empowered us to work together toward the end goal- healthy baby and healthy mama!Like a coach, Kira gave the encouragement, instruction and caring straight-talk needed to get through our birth experience.We were fortunate to have her through both journeys.Kira was excellent the first time and awesome the second!
Kira has been a knowledgeable, reliable resource throughout my pregnancy and beyond. She was always professional, punctual and equipped with information and tips to help me achieve a VBAC in a hospital setting. Her skills and experience were even more apparent in the delivery room as she calmly coached and assisted me through labor. With Kira’s help, the VBAC was successful and I delivered a healthy baby boy with no pain medication. Kira was also instrumental in helping establish breastfeeding, as I was struggling to get my baby to latch. I am extremely pleased with the services Kira provided and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing. I have no other words for her. She was there for me from the beginning to the end of my long birth. Even when I gave up, she never gave up on me. Thanks to her, I was able to have a successful HBA3C. Thank you, Kira, for the love you have for this hard job. I wouldn't have had it any other way!!!
The Austin Family
I am writing on behalf of Kira Kimble, who was a TREMENDOUS source of support for me during the birth of my third child on October 14, 2014. Although this was my third baby, I was attempting a vaginal delivery after two CS. I consulted with Kira numerous times about methods to increase my chances of a vaginal delivery, as well as just overall wellness tips for myself and the baby. Kira was extremely thorough in her guidance as well as very sympathetic. She was a major cheerleader and source of encouragement, while also encouraging me not to have tunnel vision. She was easily available at any hour and her responses were always timely. I never felt like I was bothering her and she always gave me her full attention. I felt much more prepared for my birth because of Kira's support! :) If we were to have another baby, I would have no hesitations hiring Kira as my doula. I hope she is as amazing with you as she was with me!
This was my 4th pregnancy, 1st unmedicated labor and birth, and 1st homebirth. Where do I begin?! During my consultation with Stephanie, I was able to be vulnerable with her, which let me know she was a good fit for me. Being a busy mom dealing with 2 children in virtual learning, a toddler, during a pandemic, I needed a gentle and supportive person, who could relate in any way, in my corner. I knew I wanted and needed a doula for emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor and birth but being that this was my first experience unmedicated, I did not know to what extent I would need support. Stephanie’s weekly check-ins helped me remain present in my pregnancy journey. I looked forward to receiving them. Stephanie was informed when I was hesitant to move forward because of fear, she was calm and gentle when I was anxious about my decisions, she was understanding and supportive when I shared with her my everyday stress. In my opinion, that support is invaluable. Especially during a pandemic! I will also add, I never knew homebirth was an option for me, until I spoke with Kira. As a black mom who has a history of Pre-eclampsia, and postpartum high blood pressure, with 3 previous hospital inductions, I did not know if birthing outside of the hospital, let alone at home, was an option for me. I was never told by my OB that I was high risk. Kira informed me (most) pregnancies do not start out high risk. My mind was blown and that was the beginning of an unimaginably beautiful pregnancy journey for me. I had to commit daily to staying healthy mentally, emotionally and physically. And Stephanie was there for it all. Although I ended up having an unassisted homebirth, as crazy as this may sound, my birth was beautiful, and I had the support I needed, from Stephanie, when I needed it. After my birth, Stephanie was there and made me the best cup of tea and some snacks. I will remember that delicious cup of tea for the rest of my life-lol. I do not know if it was because I had just given birth or what, lol, but it was delicious. The care and support I received from Stephanie immediately after birth was care I had never received before. It was priceless. I was expecting hospital treatment, but Stephanie knew I needed support and love when I did not know or think I needed it. Stephanie is a blessing and I'm thankful she was a part of my birth team.
I found Kira online after researching the benefits of having a doula. I had 1 daughter who is now 8 who was delivered by emergency c-section for failure to progress. After meeting Kira she was extremely supportive of my desire to VBAC. She gave me all the tools and resources I needed, and more to prepare for my 2nd child. I felt more than prepared for what my 2nd birth had in store for me. I had a few complications and lots of discomfort throughout the pregnancy that she was able to guide me through. She was able to reassure me through so many obstacles even changing doctors in my 9th month of pregnancy! Anytime I was unclear about things my Dr recommended, she was able to help me understand and even remind my Providers of what I desired for my birth. She did assist me in developing a birth plan, and even helped my family learn to support me throughout my process. With all my questions, and even doubting myself, she encouraged and supported me all the way. My birth didn't go as i desired, however, I could not have had a better support person on my birth team! I appreciated her support before, during, and after the birth! I would not hesitate to hire her as my doula in the future. She was always professional, and responded within a reasonable amount of time. I definitely recommend her services!
Ben & Rosalyn
With our first child, my wife had an unplanned C-section. We had a hard time expressing our desires and navigating the medical system in the midst of all that pressure. Though we were overjoyed to have a happy, healthy child, my wife was plagued by "what-ifs" and I felt insecure about how well I'd played my role in supporting her. Kira did an excellent job in preparing us for the birth of our second child and reassuring and supporting us. In particular Kira helped me to know I was doing what needed to be done, and she was able to give us valuable perspective on what the doctors and nurses were telling us. My wife ended up having a second C-section, but this time, we don't look back with regrets. My wife knows she did all she could, and I don't feel like I let her down. I'd imagine that for most people looking for a doula, a C-section is a negative outcome. However, in some cases it is necessary, and Kira's expertise and calm, reassuring demeanor helped us immensely in spite of the difficulties with the birth. We would whole-heartedly recommend Kira to anyone else looking for a doula.
Our doula was Stephanie R. During these COVID-19 times we met her virtually and once we interviewed her we knew immediately that she was aligned with EVERYTHING we believed in. Pre-baby Stephanie was very supportive, extremely educated, and encouraging. Stephanie was my first doula for my first baby and will be my doula for all of my future babies :) During delivery Stephanie reminded me of my power, was supportive to my partner and empowered him as well, and educated throughout our pregnancy journey!! We transitioned from a birth center to a hospital where I felt powerless, but regardless of the environment Stephanie reminded us that we have the power!! We took control and Stephanie thought quick on her feet and created a birth center environment on a hospital setting!! After hours of labor my baby arrived !! This is she short version of course, but TRUST if Stephanie you are in great hands! Stephanie has become like family to us and our birthing journey together was worth it and I’d do it all over again as long as Stephanie is my doula. So much love and respect for her. Post pregnancy Stephanie has poured into our family and reminded us of our strength as a family!!! Such an empowering, and strong person. We just love her !!! Thank you so much Stephanie. Until we meet again for baby #2 lol :)
Jason & Sarah B.
"I've always looked forward to being a father, but in reality it's been far better than I ever envisioned. My imagination has been exceeded by the overwhelming affection and desire for good that I experience for my daughter on a daily basis. She reflects so much of what is good and sweet, but even before being able to talk she also demonstrates attitudes and behaviors that require guidance and correction. My love compels me to both provide that loving instruction and point her toward the ultimate Love from her Heavenly Father so that we both, as imperfect beings, may grow in the knowledge of who we are in relation to our God and be a blessing to those around us. But I cannot teach her well unless I am already following, hearing, loving, and obeying God myself, and so my experience of fatherhood is an even greater blessing to me as I grow in my own relationship with Him while modeling this to her."
Alyson W. No photo provided
Kira was a vital part of our birth team. Her calm and kind demeanor was reassuring throughout our labor and delivery. She was knowledgeable and confident in her role and skills as a doula. She was great at incorporating my husband and teaching him how to utilize comfort measures. She was professional and friendly in all our interactions. Kira is an excellent doula and any person would be fortunate to have her apart of their birth experience!
Where do I even start? Kira was such a blessing. I called and booked her pretty late in my pregnancy. I was very unfamiliar with natural birth as I opted for an epidural with my son. She made it so easy and assured me that she knew exactly what to do and that all I needed to worry about was breathing. We got to the birthing center at 4 in the morning and my baby girl was here at 6:42am. She knew how to keep those contractions coming and how to help me through them. She also talked me through the different changes that were going on in my body, assuring me that I was progressing normally. I am so thankful for her and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula who knows her stuff!!
Charlotte doulas of color providing childbirth education, birth support, childbirth coaching, childbirth education classes, placenta encapsulation services, birth and postpartum support, postpartum doula services, doula training. We work with midwives and doctors. Experienced with water birth, natural birth VBAC and plus size birth.
Testimonials and reviews, doula support, VBAC, homebirth, advocates