Denise foreman, ceo

     Denise began as a labor and postpartum doula in California in 2011. She trained with multiple organizations before earning her certifications. She ran a successful full-service doula agency in the Seattle area before selling her business and moving her family to the East Coast. A lot of her time was spent as the Traveling Doula Trainer, training over 100 doulas in a span of a year. Discovering that the standards of doula certifying organizations could be raised, she partnered with Samantha, and together they created REAL Doula. They also co-own Charlotte Doulas, a doula agency supporting families throughout the Queen City. Currently living with her husband and their three sons in Charlotte, North Carolina, they are fondly known as the Foreman Five.


samantha thomas, M.ed, clo

Samantha is an instructional designer and facilitator with more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing training/education solutions for learners in corporate settings, elementary education, museums, professional theater, and informal training settings. She is the senior director of learning and design for REAL Doula as well as an ID Consultant with NASWA. Samantha is the founder and co-owner of Charlotte Doulas, a full-service doula agency that provides support to families throughout the Charlotte-Metro area. Married to her best friend, Samantha and her husband are over the moon for their beautiful daughter.  The three of them reside in Indian Trail, a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina.