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Our Story

Founded in 2020, Mama + Mimba Maternity was birthed from an idea to combine a deep love for culture, fashion + style, and working with pregnant women to create a chic maternity clothing brand for all mamas-to-be.

Mimba (pronounced meem-bah) means pregnancy in Swahili, which is the mother language of our Owner & Founder, Melissa Mulengwa. Melissa is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and she was deeply inspired by her Congolese roots to create a maternity clothing brand that encompasses her culture, her passion for fashion + style, and her love for working with pregnant women. She discovered her passion for working with pregnant women while working at a women’s health center in San Francisco, which was centered on providing integrative and holistic health services to women and couples who were trying to conceive, pregnant women, and women who were postpartum. Mama + Mimba gracefully brings together Melissa’s biggest passions to create a unique maternity clothing brand that strives to inspire all women to feel beautiful and powerful during the most transformative stage of their lives. Through Mama + Mimba, Melissa intends to introduce a new and refreshing take on maternity clothing.

Operating in the gorgeous Monterey Bay of California, Mama + Mimba provides women with a carefully curated selection of chic and elegant pieces that complement their natural glow from within. Our signature looks include bold prints, vibrant colors, clean lines, and modern cuts that are exceptionally classy and feminine. At Mama + Mimba, we hope to inspire women to feel beautiful during all parts of their motherhood journeys. Thus, all of our pieces can be worn before, during, and after pregnancy! Hooray!

What Mimba Means

While developing the concept for Mama + Mimba, Melissa was intentional about paying homage to her beautiful Congolese heritage, as she understands that motherhood grounds us and directly connects us all to our roots. Using Swahili names to title our dresses, and lovingly calling our community the #mimbachic family brings together women from all over the world into a part of Melissa’s heart and culture. She hopes to share the love + joy she feels about where she comes from to all mamas, and to be a part of their journeys into glowin’ motherhood!

Our Mission

Our mission is to uplift and empower mamas-to-be with beautiful, elegant, and chic clothing. We hope to inspire all women to embrace + celebrate their new bodies (and their adorable baby bumps) with a bold fashion statement!

Our Core Values

We operate by the following core values: Community, Kindness, Integrity, Inclusion, Generosity, and Respect.

Being a part of the #mimbachic family means that we wholeheartedly embody these values in all that we do, and through these values, we intend to build community and share love + light with all mamas and mamas-to-be.

Melissa's Momspiration

This is a photo of Melissa's beautiful mama when she was pregnant with her. Introducing the OG #mimbachic!