Kenda’s greatest pleasure as a reproductive healthcare worker has been watching women become confident and excited about the birth and early parenting of their children. She firmly believes in the power of redirecting your fears and anxieties into finding new, empowering ways to experience birth and parenting.
Her passion for reproductive justice has led her to relentlessly pursue methods of improving maternal health for women of color. She firmly believes that until every woman is safe before, during, and after childbirth, we have not done our job as a society.
A graduate of ODU, and New River Community College, Kenda is also a Holistic Nutritionist, student midwife, Certified Lactation Counselor, reproductive justice and maternal health advocate, Birthworker, and Master Herbalist .
Food and Reproductive Justice Advocate
As a birth worker of color, Nikiya works to address the root causes of reproductive injustice and food inequality in the Richmond metro area. She has increased access to healthy food for expecting mothers through collaborative programs at urban greenspaces throughout the Richmond region, like Broad Rock Community garden, where she is the manager.
In 2018, Nikiya helped coordinate the effort to get the city of Richmond to declare its first “Black Breastfeeding Week” in support of African American mothers. In addition, she works as a doula and Reiki practitioner.
Discussing her experiences with other new moms after her first pregnancy opened her eyes to the fact that not all women are given the same level of care during childbirth. This realization drove her to embark on a journey into discovering labor as a wondrous act of nature that should be a safe and comfortable experience for everyone.
She knows that the cultural beliefs, preferences, and rituals that surround childbirth can have great significance, and she wants to help you honor your diversity! Nikiya’s greatest joy as a doula is the ability to bear witness to women reclaiming their power and discovering their own innate wisdom through childbirth.