All the midwives associated with our clinic are skilled in prenatal, birth, and postpartum care and are trained to handle emergencies. They are certified in CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation and have National Phlebotomy Certification. They are skilled in labor support, so there is no need to hire a Doula, unless more support is wanted. Midwifery is an ancient profession whereby women help other women with birth. Our midwives carry on the tradition of “guardians of the hearth” in that they value the family and endeavor to support and empower the mothers, fathers and the family unit as a whole.
Dianne Bjarnson is a bastion for the midwifery movement in the United States. She has been involved in Midwifery and has been involved in educating and training an entire new generation of Midwives.
- Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Idaho
- Master of Science in Midwifery from the Midwives College of Utah
- Certified Professional Midwife with North American Registry of Midwives
- Utah Licensed Direct-Entry Midwife
- Master Herbalist from the School of Natural Healing
- Certified Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner from Anchor Point
- Recipient of the Woman’s Walk award from UVU
Dianne’s grandmother, Nellie Gittins Green was a midwife in McCammon, Idaho, for many years. Dianne became interested in home birth after her grandmother passed away and has always felt that her grandmother Green was prompting her to get involved with birthing.
As Dianne got into studying to be a midwife it was like a fire was consuming her. She took every class available at the time, went through Emergency Medical Training (EMT) training, took the ACHI correspondence course and apprenticed with a midwife from California. However, she felt that her training was inadequate for the tasks ahead. She felt that midwives should have a more thorough training and so she started the Midwives College of Utah (MCU) in 1980 and was president of the college for the first 20 years. She has taught Labor, Birth and Immediate Postpartum Care and Complications for MCU, which is now an accredited midwifery college.
Natural healing and herbology have been special interests of Dianne even before she started midwifery training. Thus, she is thoroughly centered in the philosophy that the body has the ability to heal itself and that birth is a natural process. Dianne has had extensive training in the healing arts and has developed dozens of herbal formulas in her line of Traditional Midwife products. These can be purchased at Sunstone Formulas and more info can be found on Dianne’s website “The Traditional Midwife”. In addition to this Dianne has taught for various natural healing schools in the United States and in England/Wales.
As a midwife, Dianne especially appreciates and loves the wonderful mothers and families she gets to work with. She believes that birth really empowers women. She enjoys answering their questions, teaching them about the process of birth and giving personalized care. With over 40 years of experience and over 1,400 births Dianne is truly “The Traditional Midwife”.
Raili has always had a love of midwifery as well as history. She received her associates in History from Utah Valley University. Raili has combined these two loves and has loved researching the history and practices of midwives over the ages. As a direct entry midwife Raili is able to use her innate ability to sense the emotions and concerns of those in attendance and address those and the needs of those around her.
Doula, Completing NARM Certification
Christie had Dianne help her with a home birth with her first child when Christie was a student at BYU. She started midwifery education while they lived in Utah. However, her training was put on hold when they moved out of state and spent years raising their family. The Bighams returned to Utah settling in West Valley City and Christie has commenced again her midwifery education. She encourages women to be comfortable and confident in having children because of the many safe options they have. She also has two daughters who have a desire to work in the health and midwifery fields.
CNA & Doula
Kamie lives in Orem, Utah and has practiced as a Doula and Childbirth Educator through her business Love Your Labor. Before midwifery she worked as a certified nurses assistant for 10 years. She finished her prerequisites for nursing school, but felt it was not the right fit for her. She then turned to midwifery studies and found it a perfect fit. She is currently a student midwife at the Midwives College of Utah. After graduating she plans to start work as a Certified Professional Midwife, CPM. Kamie's passion for birth started at 10 years old when she attended her youngest brother's birth. She knew in that moment that she was meant to help women on their journeys to motherhood.