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 (alongside her mother’s wisdom on pregnancy and motherhood) 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 Maternity gracefully brings together Melissa’s biggest passions to effortlessly create a unique maternity clothing brand that strives to inspire all mamas-to-be to feel beautiful and powerful during the most transformative stage of their lives. Through Mama + Mimba Maternity, Melissa intends to capture her beautiful Congolese culture and introduce a new and refreshing take on maternity clothing.
Operating in the gorgeous Monterey Bay of California, Mama + Mimba Maternity provides mamas-to-be with a carefully curated selection of chic and elegant pieces that complement their adorable baby bumps and beautiful postpartum bodies. Our signature looks include bold prints, vibrant colors, clean lines, and modern cuts that are exceptionally classy and feminine, as well as offer a high level of comfort and functionality (while remaining fashionable). Our goal is to encourage all mamas-to-be to invest in our high-quality, stylish maternity clothing – which can be worn during all 3 stages of pregnancy and postpartum (hooray!) – because they deserve to look and feel their absolute best while carrying life inside of them!
Melissa earned a B.A. in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine, as well as an MBA from San Francisco State University.
What Mimba Means
While developing the concept for Mama + Mimba Maternity, Melissa was intentional about basing the brand’s name and its overall feel around her Congolese culture, 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 mamas 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 is to uplift and empower mamas-to-be with beautiful, elegant, and chic maternity clothing. We hope to inspire all mamas 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.
This is a photo of Melissa's beautiful mama when she was pregnant with her. Introducing the OG #mimbachic!