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BirthWise Doula Services

We are a growing network of Certified Birth, Postpartum and Fertility doulas and educators with a mission to help expecting mothers have safe, healthy and wonderful birth experiences! We believe that “safe birth” is a basic human right, and that an uncompromising focus on evidence-based, holistic and person-centered care is vital to improving birth outcomes.

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Toni Curtis
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Knowledgeable, empathetic support

What is a doula?

“So many women enter into their birthing experience thinking ‘it’s going to hurt’, and they’re afraid. As a childbirth educator and practicing doula, I can tell you that fear stops the positive, compelling momentum of childbirth. Fear hinders the release of helpful hormones — and as a result, contributes to women having bad birthing experiences. Don’t be afraid…be prepared, equipped and encouraged by a doula’s support.”


Toni Curtis, CD(DONA), LCCE, CVD(TVL), CHW, SpBCPE, SpBAP

Founder, BirthWise Doula Services

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What We Do

Doula Services

Physical, emotional and knowledge support before, during and after birth
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Infertility & Family Planning Support

Infertility treatment preparation, support and financial counseling
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Childbirth Education

Evidence-based foundational knowledge and practical guidance
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Nutrition Advisory & Support

Personalized nutrition advisory services for each stage of your birth and recovery experience
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Body Awareness

Prepare your body to adjust to the physical changes of pregnancy, labor and delivery
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Lactation Counseling Services

Personalized lactation counseling and support
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We stay busy with clients and community

Upcoming Classes and Events

Prenatal Yoga & Relaxation Breathing (with Cassie)

Starting June 22, 2024 to June 22, 2024
The focus is on restorative poses that keep you safe while practicing movement, stretching, deep breathing, and mental centering. Prenatal Yoga is a form of gentle yoga that is designed…
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SPINNING BABIES PARENT EDUCATION CLASS

Starting June 22, 2024 to June 22, 2024
Spinning Babies® Parent Class highlights your baby’s active role in birth. During labor the baby needs to pass through the three levels of the pelvis. Learn techniques to help your…
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Putting it all together (Childbirth Education part II)

Starting June 25, 2024 to June 25, 2024
This class is a combination course culminating in information, teaching and concepts from our entry-level Classroom Education classes. This class is a combination course; a culmination of information, teaching and…
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Prenatal Yoga & Relaxation Breathing (with Cassie)

Starting June 29, 2024 to June 29, 2024
The focus is on restorative poses that keep you safe while practicing movement, stretching, deep breathing, and mental centering. Prenatal Yoga is a form of gentle yoga that is designed…
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Prenatal Yoga & Relaxation Breathing (with Cassie)

Starting July 6, 2024 to July 6, 2024
The focus is on restorative poses that keep you safe while practicing movement, stretching, deep breathing, and mental centering. Prenatal Yoga is a form of gentle yoga that is designed…
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Clients tell their truth...

Featured Birth Story

Twan's Story

Twan imparts insight and perspective into her childbirth and postpartum experiences during this discussion with BirthWise doula, Toni Curtis. She goes on to share why, and how, she selected her doula, and why the presence of a doula throughout labor and delivery was essential.

Twan also expresses amazement at what she refers to as a "doula's intuition," and why more doulas are needed who understand how to leverage both their knowledge and intuition for the good of their clients.

Reviews & Testimonials

What Our Clients Say

Smart Family
Smart Family
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We are so happy that we worked with Birthwise Doula Services! Toni is an incredibly knowledgeable, passionate, and experienced doula and birth educator. She provided a full suite of informative classes to empower us with the information we needed to clearly identify our birth preferences. She also brought her invaluable expertise, comfort, and guidance to our labor and delivery, and postpartum experiences. We wholeheartedly recommend Birthwise to anyone expecting a baby in the Charlotte, NC area!
Elizabeth O.
Elizabeth O.
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Toni was amazing!! My baby was born safe and with little to no complications. I will surely be hiring her for my future kids. Thank you for all you do! I 100% recommend Birthwise Doula to support you and your baby.
Jennifer D.
Jennifer D.
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I highly recommend anyone looking for a doula to hire BirthWise Doula. This has been a transformational experience for me - from the body work that is done to prepare you for birth (you do not know what you are missing- you will be regenerated!), to the classes to educate you and inform you, and finally to your enriching time with your doula - BirthWise has made this such a positive and relaxing experience for me, relieving me of anxiety as a first time mom. They will be there for you, physically, emotionally and spiritually...
GiGi H.
GiGi H.
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From the moment I met Toni, her warmth, expertise, and genuine dedication to supporting our family shone through. She quickly dispelled any doubts I had about the necessity of a doula, even though my daughter was delivering at a hospital. Toni's presence became an invaluable asset throughout the entire process. During labor and childbirth, Toni's continuous support was remarkable. She intuitively knew how to offer comfort measures tailored to my daughter's needs, including soothing massages, helpful positioning suggestions, and effective relaxation techniques...
Chamira W.
Chamira W.
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I am so thankful that I was able to find Toni! She has been a wealth of knowledge, and priceless resource and I haven’t even had the baby yet. She is able to help me as a first time mother prepare not only my mind but body for the changes that take place in all the stages of pregnancy. I don’t know if I could be doing this all as gracefully as I am without her love , help and support. Thank you Toni for your commitment and commit to your families.
Shanika T.
Shanika T.
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I started working with Toni this summer in July. I have a long history of infertility, along with pregnancy and delivery trauma. Toni was very thorough in her assessment and recommendations. She took my past pregnancy trauma and what my goals are for my next birth into consideration when coming up with my mental and physical preparation planning...so much so we were expecting a month after starting her recommendations. She has been very helpful and attentive throughout our pregnancy and I would definitely recommend.
Nicole G.
Nicole G.
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Birthwise Doulas are absolutely the best choice when it comes to doula care. I was in search of doula recommendations and was referred to Toni of Birthwise. My consultation with Toni was amazing and it reassured me that choosing Birthwise was a no-brainer! Toni worked with me throughout my entire pregnancy, and was there from beginning to end with my labor. My son was initially breeched and Toni provided sound counsel and evidenced based practices to help him get into the proper birthing position...
Jeriell N.
Jeriell N.
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Birthwise has been a blessing to my family. They provided so much support and education to allow us to the have the best possible experience with the birth of our daughter. Mrs. Toni, our Doula was / is just like an extended part of my family. She was a delightful presence for both my wife and me. I also appreciated that her husband took time to speak with me and comfort me in this path. I am grateful to God for all of the support.
Kimberly B.
Kimberly B.
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I wanted to experience birth outside of the medical realm and more of a holistic and natural approach. I sought out doula services shortly after moving to Charlotte and learning that I was expecting our first child. It was after my third prenatal appointment with an OB that I learned that you learn NOTHING about the physiological process of birth. After having my consultation with Toni Curtis of BirthWise Doulas Services LLC, I knew it was meant to be and I felt like an angel was sent to us to help educate my husband and I on this journey...
Naomi A.
Naomi A.
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Toni was there for us in every aspect of our pregnancy. From educating us with mental and physical lessons to prepare for birth to postpartum care, she made sure we had all the necessary tools for the successful birth of our first child. Our birth story had its own unique challenges. Without Toni, things would have gone significantly differently. We are forever grateful for her compassion, care, and knowledge and will be looking for her assistance again when it's time for baby #2!
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Common Questions

BirthWise is focused on evidence-based recommendations, physiology in relation to mother and baby. We also provide historical context for modern practices and implicit bias training. Our practices are also specifically tailored to  proactively address evidence-based and anecdotal shortcomings  in the healthcare system. Personalized care is focused around your specific beliefs, values, and requirements. We don’t leave any part of care out of scope (education, nutrition, bodily mechanics) — we treat you as a WHOLE person. We believe in “continuity of care” and don’t commonly reassign doulas (unless requested by our client).

We also educate and prepare our clients to understand the meaning and context of the various advisory sessions and consultations with their healthcare providers.

Look for doulas that have either completed, or are in the midst of, training with reputable doula certifying organizations, such as DONA International (DONA)International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), among several other institutions. An appropriately trained and qualified doula should have undergone in-person training, given the very physical, hands-on experience generally required to effectively work with clients leading up to, and in the midst of labor and delivery.

If a doula’s qualifications do not include in-person training, an acceptable alternative is if the doula has worked, or is working, with a mentor to gain hands-on practitioner experience.

Doulas should be actively engaged in continuing education, and be able to articulate how, and why, what they’re learning provides benefit to you.

If your insurance company covers “professional labor support” and/or doula services, BirthWise can provide “insurance-accepted” invoicing that will allow you to file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement.

We do accept payment via FSA/HSA (Flexible Spending Account/Healthcare Savings Account) and provide documentation and receipts for your reimbursement process.

For all questions regarding insurances, payments and billing, please contact us directly.

Yes! We typically travel in, and around, the Charlotte metro area in North Carolina. Travel outside of the Charlotte metro area will first need to be discussed to determine if services can be performed in your area.

If you have questions about where we travel in areas outside of the Charlotte metro area, please contact us.

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9700 Research Drive
Suite #152
Charlotte, NC 28262 USA

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