Midwifery Team

At The Village Midwife, we believe in apprenticeship training and we work as a team.

Our team is made of exceptional women, who have the same beliefs and ideas about the birthing process; it is a normal, natural and safe journey.

You may see different faces from time to time in our office, because we offer internships for student midwives, doulas in training, others interested in the CPM certification and we also Precept the OB portion of Nurse Practitioner training for 5 universities. However, it is our core team that will follow you throughout your journey. Our core team includes:


Ady Velarde, Senior Apprentice Midwife, CLEC, CBD (CBI)

Ady (short for Adriana) has been fascinated with the science and miracle of birth since childhood, and discovered the midwifery profession as an adult. She has been working with the Village Midwife since 2018 and attends National College of Midwifery. Ady holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Irvine where she minored in Medical Anthropology and completed a certificate program in Gender Studies. She is also a Certified Birth Doula through Childbirth International!

She believes in clients making informed decisions for their maternity care, and choosing their birth venue with confidence. Ady is passionate about supporting breastfeeding people and earned her Certificate in Lactation Educator/Counselor (CLEC) in 2015 from the University of California San Diego’s breastfeeding program. She is currently completing her master’s degree from Union Institute and University, majoring in Health and Wellness with a focus on Human Lactation Studies. She will graduate from the program and sit for the IBCLC certification exam in 2020 to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. 

In her free time, she can be found at the dollar store gathering materials for her DIY projects or tending to her patio garden. Ady is married to Matt, her high school sweetheart of eleven years and they share a sweet pug named Bernie. 

Ady looks forward to serving your family and helping to provide you with a positive birth experience. Stop by and say hi to Ady! 


Celena HeadshotCelena Luccioni, Junior Apprentice Midwife

Midwifery Team