At The Village Midwife, we believe in apprenticeship training and we work as a team.
Our team is made of exceptional people, 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 8 universities. However, it is our core team that will follow you throughout your journey. Our core team includes:
Keila Thurmond, Student Midwife
Kia Conroy, Student Midwife
My name is Kia Conroy and I am a student midwife, just beginning phase 2. I have been married for 7 years to my wonderful, supportive husband and we have 2 sons and a fur baby together. I was born in Bronx, NY and moved to Newport News at the age of 3. I graduated from Warwick High School in 2008 with an advanced diploma.
I have been excited and interested about everything birth related since the birth of my own 2 children. After giving birth to my oldest, I began doing more research and gathering information and discovering options I was not given. With the birth of my second son, I was more informed and felt more confident in all the decisions that were made.
I began my training as a doula through DONA in 2021. After attending a few births as a doula, I knew I wanted to further my studies to become a midwife. My own birth experiences gave me a deep passion in insuring that birthing people, especially those of color, are educated and offered the same opportunities.
Jannie Credle, Student Midwife
Dani Wright, Student Midwife
Pregnancy, birth, and motherhood have had such a positive impact on me as a whole. This phase of life allowed me to blossom, embrace my culture, and bloom into the woman I am today. I am so grateful for my own home births that watered my seed of midwifery.
I began my own journey to midwifery shortly after the birth of my first child in 2009. I went on to birth three more children and raising them has been such a honor. We, as a family, have a small homestead I lovingly dubbed The Hopeful Homestead. Out here, we homeschool, raise small livestock, and always find time for family and food. We take the time to listen to the trees in the wind and feel the earth beneath our feet. The eggs are farm fresh, and the children are free range.
I have worked in the birth field, educating loved ones and supporting them in their sacred birthing time, since 2010. The more I found myself submerged into the amazing journey into motherhood, the more I knew that supporting families as a home birth midwife was my calling.
I officially began an apprenticeship utilizing the Professional Evaluation Process outlined by the North American Registry of Midwives in 2014. I have had the joy of supporting over 50 families during this journey.
It is my goal to guide and support our local community in more than just midwifery. In addition to studying sacred midwifery, I am also studying herbology and homeopathy and hope to provide full spectrum care for the families I serve during my apprenticeship and beyond.
“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.”
— INA MAY GASKIN