Brandi Thorne

I’m a 7th generation midwife, Certified Professional Midwife and Childbirth Educator in Wichita, KS. I’ve been happily married since 1998 and I have 4 amazing children. My journey into the birthing world began when I attended my first birth at age 18. I started assisting at home births and became a childbirth educator for 10 years. By the time I got married, I had attended over 300 births. After our first son was born, I took a break from assisting others in birth to focus on raising my own family. Years later, my children are older and more independent, and I am pursuing my passion for all things mothering and birth.

Birth is a natural function God designed for women and is highly spiritual. Pregnancy is not a disease or sickness, but a very special time when God forms another human being. Pain is an inevitable part of childbirth, yet much can be done to ease suffering. Birth is one of the most memorable events a couple will ever experience and they should be encouraged to ask questions and express their wishes or concerns. A child’s birthday should be one of the best days in a mother’s life.
My passion lies in assisting couples in having a birth that is responsible, non-intrusive, natural, and safe. The essence of my calling is to help women give birth in awareness and to have complete confidence in their decisions, even if an epidural, C-section, or other intervention is needed.
I’ve had one hospital birth (this was my first baby and we transported from a home birth), one home birth, and two hydro births at home.
Nature, birding, reading, and coffee.
Kathy Brace
I am a Midwife Practitioner with more than 25 years experience assisting in out-of-hospital births in Wichita, Kansas and the surrounding area. After serving as the Director of a nationally accredited midwifery school for 12 years, I now devote my training efforts to working one-on-one with women using an apprenticeship-based approach. I have assisted at over 1,500 births and am committed to helping families have safe, natural, God-honoring birthing experiences. The joy of my life is serving the Lord through serving families. After all, I’m a 5th generation midwife on one side of my family, a 6th generation midwife on the other side, and my daughters also assist me with births and childbirth education when possible. It’s in my blood; I must continue!
My desire to help others through their childbirth experience stems largely from the traumatic events surrounding the birth of my first child (read more about it in my book, Born to Deliver). I am also passionate about leading women and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to approach childbirth from a biblical perspective. Every philosophy, method, and idea must be filtered through the grid of Scripture to determine whether it is true.
God has blessed me with 4 children and 14 grandchildren, 11 of whom I’ve had the privilege of assisting at their births. I also enjoy time with family, playing with my dog, Leo, and traveling.
Born To Deliver by Kathy Brace with Natalie Wickham

This is the story of my life and how God redeemed me from a life of hopelessness to usefulness.
To read the first chapter
Book Website

Taking our Mother’s & Grandmother’s Skill, Knowledge, & Love For Birth To The Next Generation

This is Susannah Lumley, Brandi’s great, great, great grandmother. She was born March 2, early 1820’s and died February 20, 1879. She traveled to births via horse and buggy.

This is Bertha Eileen Plunk, Brandi’s great, great grandmother. She was a horse & buggy midwife from the deep hills of Tennessee.

This is Brandi’s great grandmother, Martha Beatrice Pritchett, better known as ‘Granny.’ She once said, “Families in and around Finley would call on me to help the doctor deliver their baby. A family began calling me ‘Granny’ and everyone took it up and never knew my real name. My mother (not pictured) delivered babies before me, I just followed in her footsteps. I would look after every baby for about 3 days.” Granny was the community Midwife and Postpartum Doula of her day.

What Sets Us Apart?

We are Women of Faith

We believe in God’s design of birth. We steer away from New Age philosophies and instead utilize tools & techniques like aromatherapy, massage, pressure points, essential oils etc.

We believe in the Husband-Wife Team

We will not replace your partner. Birth is an emotional time and women are not the only ones on the roller coaster. It can be incredibly difficult for your husband to watch you doing the hard work of labor. We believe in the husband & wife making decisions together, laboring together, and birthing together.

Birth is in our Blood

Because “our calling” has been passed down through several generations, it is incredibly strong! Brandi’s mother is a 4th and 5th generation midwife on both sides of her family. Brandi has attended more than 300 births, 98% of which have been un-medicated. Our specialty is natural birth!

We aren't afraid of Interventions

Parents are often insecure about their options in childbirth. They sometimes fear being bullied by medical staff. Because of our extensive experience in natural birth, we know when it’s time to utilize hospital procedures. We will offer unwavering support and confidence when interventions are needed.

We have an Innate Ability to connect with Women in Childbirth

We are completely in our element when supporting a birthing couple.

Our Families support our Calling

Our families understand & back-up our calling to assist women in childbirth. Many of those closest to us are involved in birth in some way or another. We are incredibly blessed to have a supportive network.