"Midwife" means "with woman" and our midwives are just that, working with women to achieve wonderful, empowering births.
Our midwives work in very small, tightly-integrated teams to provide your care, a concept we call Team Midwifery. You'll get to know us just as you would a small circle of friends. There are many advantages of Team Midwifery over single-midwife care, but the most important is that through it, we can provide you with exceptionally warm and personal care while bringing many resources you would not have with a single midwife.
I loved the peaceful atmosphere and kindness of all your midwives. Thanks for taking care of me. I can’t wait to refer more people to you.
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Trinette Thompson, CPM LDEM
Trinette received her midwifery training and graduated from Midwives College of Utah. She remains active in special projects for the college. Trinette is an extraordinarily compassionate and attentive midwife, with a specialty in herbal and homeopathic modalities. She lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and six children, all homeborn.
Suzanne Smith, CPM LDEM
Suzanne holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Midwifery from the Midwives College of Utah, a Bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, and was the first licensed direct-entry midwife in Utah. She founded BetterBirthLLC in 1994, and lives in Orem with her husband and two children. Suzanne habla español.
Harmony Maloney, CPM DEM
Harmony Maloney was born and raised in Ventura, California. Harmony's mom is a long time doula and childbirth educator, and she introduced Harmony to the home birth community when she was very young. Harmony discovered her love of midwifery growing up in a residential facility for pregnant single moms. She is a DONA certified birth doula and placenta encapsulation specialist. Harmony has spent time training under 10 midwives (including those at BetterBirthLLC) and did her academics at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery. Harmony finds passion in empowering women to trust their bodies and birth naturally. She's excited to have joined the BetterBirthLLC team and looks forward to supporting this community of women.
Lea Ritter, CPM DEM
Lea was born at home and raised in a small town outside San Francisco. She worked as a doula for several years and co-founded Marin Doula Collective in 2010 offering support to women and their families. After the birth of her first daughter she decided to pursue a career in midwifery in the hopes of offering women a truly empowering, holistic and safe birth experience. She completed the academic portion of her education through The National Midwifery Institute and her clinical training apprenticing with home birth midwives, here in Utah at BetterBirthLLC, and at a non-profit birth center in Haiti. She moved to Utah with her husband and 2 daughters to join BetterBirthLLC.
Carrie Ann Kemp, Student Program Director
Carrie Ann wears many hats here at BetterBirth. In addition to her midwifery skills, she is a paramedic (worked on Life Flight and in the emergency room for several years), and she helps us with many clinical procedures. She is a CPR instructor, and serves as a skills instructor for our student workshops as well as being our Student Program Director. If you need something, start with Carrie Ann. Odds are, she's in charge of it.