Here is a sampling of the notes we have received from students in the more than 20 years we have been precepting. To protect privacy, names and certain details have been redacted. To see the original note, click the link.
T June 11 2017
Thank you so much for welcoming me into the BetterBirth student family. I am incredibly humbled and grateful to have had the opportunities your partnership provides. You are all unique and you reflect the facets of midwifery in such a way that each student si able to safely find their learning edge. Thank you for the teaching, sharing and the invaluable exposure to your facets. T June 11 2017
KH 11 June 2017
Thank you! Wow, what a fabulous opportunity to come here and learn from the best. I am so thrilled to hopefully return next year. All of your combined wisdom has only made me feel more sure about my path. I arrived feeling more like a doula than a midwife and I’m leaving feeling more like a midwife than a doula! KH 11 June 2017
Thank you SO MUCH for having me at BetterBirth as a student. It was a great experience and I feel I learned so much. Thank you for your teaching and for helping accommodate my last-minute stay. So glad I decided to stay! Hoping our paths cross again.
How delightful to be back at BetterBirth with you this week! Thank you so much for all of the work you have done for mothers, for Utah, and for the profession. I am just amazed at how far things have come since __ and __ were born 12 & 9 years ago! I still remember the wonderful support you gave me then and some of the conversations that meant so much to me! And I feel honored to now learn at your feet. Thank you for believing in me at this very overwhelming stage!
As already stated, I have nothing but respect for this practice. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to learn and grow--You shape midwives and that is so important. All the best.
I had such a blast during my time here learning from you and your amazing team. Thank you for everything. I will be forever grateful.
Thank you to all of the midwives and staff at BetterBirth. I have learned so much in just a ew short weeks. You have helped instill confidence in me, and have made me a better midwife. Thank you for all of the time, energy, and planning you all put into making the student program. I recommend this for all student midwives! Bless you all!
Thank you ladies for this wonderful learning experience! Enjoyed the variety workshop week offered and how you all welcomed us and shared your experiences and knowledge.
Thank you for imparting your skills and knowledge to our midwifery students. Your contribution and participation in this journey of midwifing midwives is invaluable.
EP November 2016
Thank you kindly for welcoming me into your practice. I appreciate all your efforts to teach and improve my skill set. You are a great teacher and midwife. I really enjoyed our time together and I hope to see you again.
I am so grateful to you for providing this amazing opportunity for student midwives to learn and work with the best! This month was an incredible experience with such a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for playing such an intricate role in my path to midwifery! I was so honored to work with you! I hope to see you again.
Surely you know, but coming here & being away from my life was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But I could not be more thankful for this experience. It has humbled me and expanded my knowledge so I feel I am going to be making more informed decisions about how I practice. I am so thankful for this program you have created! Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to finish my clinical training here!
Thenk you so much for the opportunity to learn alonside the women at BetterBirth. I am very grateful for my experiences this past [workshop] week. FHT and electronic charting will never be the same!
KG February 2015
Thank you so much for the opportunity to come and learn at BetterBirth. The experience was very educational and has made a big impact on me in a personal level and as a student. Thank you for taking me under your wings and teaching me. It would have taken me forever to get the hands on experience that you have made available through the student program. I hope to be back for the PUS track in the future. Again, Thank you!
LS February 2015
I will always be grateful for the time I spent in your program. It was eye-opening and extremely influential in my beliefs about the way I want to practice. I feel truly connected and supported by you all and am overwhelmed at the lengths you went to help me succeed. You are an irreplaceable asset to midwifery education and an asset to the community. Thank You!
SH February 2015
Where to start? You all mean the world to me. I am beyond thankful for all you have done to see me through to the end of this journey. I have so many funny, sad, awesome, brutal, sweet, emotional and did I mention Awesome memories of my times with you that I will cherish for a life time. I look forward to hearing where each of your paths lead you - I know they will each be amazing and valuable. I hope to do right by the investment you all have put into me and my training by making this world a better place - Doctors without borders here I come! Love, love, love you all!
DG December 2014
Thank you for providing this learning space for student midwives. Workshop week was incredibly helpful to me and my time here will certainly make me a better midwife in the future. Thank you!
CM, RO, MM, IF October 2014
Thanks for a truly fantastic Workshop Week! Hope to see you soon.
L October 2014
Thank you so much for the time you spent with me teaching and opening my understanding. It was a wonderful experience.
GM August 2014
Carrie Ann, Thank you so much for teaching me how to BE BOLD and do things with intention. My new little midwife brain was soaking up all the information you gave it! Thank you for encouraging us to practice smart and with compassion. You are one of a kind, I’m grateful to have met you. P.S. I will be a pro at IV’s soon… with practice.
GM August 2014
Suzanne, What an enjoyable week learning at BetterBirth! Thank you so much for the (very evident) time, thought, and energy you’ve put into your student program. I appreciated all of the thorough discussions and hands-on experiences. Your heart for students and midwifery really shows through! Thank you for teaching us how to take care of women well. It was a pleasure.
LS May 2014
I wish to Thank You for the opportunity to attend your BetterBirth University workshop. It was an experience beyond my wildest dreams. It was evident that great care had been taken in all aspects of our learning, from the nicely furnished apartment to each day’s learning tasks. Having had a Nursing background, I entered the program with trepidation. I was worried that there would be a lot of repetition and that it would grow my skills only here and there. What a pleasure it was to find that my skills began growing immediately. We learned important midwifery skills that hospital nurses are not taught. How wonderful to be taught the Right Way to do them and then to be able to practice those skills until we felt confident. There were certain complications that were a concern to me on how to resolve them quickly and safely. The one that concerned me the most was shoulder dystocia. It gave me much peace to have this complication addressed and practiced. I feel like my education has ‘turned a corner’ as I see that there is a way to handle this complication effectively out of the hospital. The week was every bit an advanced obstetric workshop and I can see why you would require the students attend this workshop before they begin working with you. This workshop eliminates many questions. It was amazing to see how carefully you have built your practice based on the most recent scientific advancements. You have taken advantage of the many tools available to us and incorporated them into your program. I know that there are many hours and money invested that have been devoted behind the scenes to make this all possible. You model a remarkable practice. Taking on the Midwifery profession is not an easy thing to do. You realize that you will be guardian of both mother and baby. As I watch wonderful midwives everywhere do their practice quietly and safely, I am filled with much admiration for them. I believe they are some of the bravest women there are. They have accepted responsibility to offer women an option which may provide the safest and most peaceful birth possible. The midwife also knows that she has no instant backup as do hospital physicians and nurses. The midwife must be on her best at all times to afford the best outcome. She is also willing to go against the popular current because it is the right thing to do. I applaud all of you! Thank you for taking your profession so seriously. If others knew what I know now, other midwives would send all of their students through your BetterBirth University. All physicians would greet you with respect and marvel at the complete and meticulous care you have given your clients. They would accept that the only reason you needed to bring a mother or baby to them was because you love them enough to give this family the best care possible. What a wonderful world of cooperation we could have. You are filling an important mission to advance the certification of midwifery students. You are providing a bridge that helps us cross that chasm of inner-most desires to fulfilled dreams. Thank you for making this past week such a wonderful experience.
It took me a while to integrate my experiences with BetterBirth, given how busy it was. I’m so glad I was able to work with you and your wonderful team. Thanks for making my month with your practice productive, instructive, and positive.
Thank you for this amazing experience these past few weeks--you are a gifted teacher and have a talent for explaining things in an understandable way. I’m grateful for the time I was able to spend at your birth center learning from you and getting to know you. It’s obvious how much you love what you do--in every aspect--and that was wonderful to see. I hope we can work together again soon. Thank you for your dedication and for going above and beyond to help me reach my goals.
Thank you for your vision. For making things happen. For having dreams and tackling them and for sharing your life with students. BetterBirth is a fantastic place to learn. My time here has changed me!
I couldn’t leave without expressing my gratitude for all I’ve learned and experienced this week. Your workshops were excellent! I am so so glad I was able to do phlebotomy and IVs one more time with you all. My confidence definitely has grown this week! Thank you so much for once again allowing me to learn from your experience. I grow by leaps and bounds every time I come here. I will take your advice and really concentrate on being more confident. Thank you all so much for the amazing generosity in allowing me to come back to BetterBirth!
Thank you so much for having me at BetterBirth this month. It was so much fun getting to learn from all of the amazing midwives in your practice. You have a really special thing going here in Utah, and I’m grateful that I got to be a part of it, and I learned a ton! I hope you have a wonderful new year and I hope to see you again soon. Thanks so much!
Once again, I wanted to express my gratitude to the midwives and staff of BetterBirth. I learn a lot each day I spend here. My skills and confidence have grown a lot from my experiences here. A special thanks to everyone for trying so hard to get me the specific skills I needed. You are wonderful!!!
Thank you for all that you do and for giving so much to the students. You truly are an inspiration.
Our mission is to help our students have the very best learning experience possible. It is absolutely thrilling to us when you let us know we have succeeded. We thank you, our students, for allowing us to do this wonderful work!
"BetterBirth is a fantastic place to learn. My time here has changed me!."