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Does anyone know if any of the Utah homebirth midwives (or those at the Birth and Family place) are non-LDS? I haven't decided yet if I actually care either way, but my husband and I are <b>far</b> from mormon, and since the whole point is to be totally comfortable in the home environment I thought we might slightly prefer a non-mormon.<br><br>
Here in the bay area the homebirth midwives are typically of the "hippy homebirth" variety (which is much more my scene).<br><br>
Anyone know the scene in Utah?
 

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Jules Johnstun is not, she is a homebirth midwife. I am sure that there are lots others, but that is who I can think of off the top of my head.<br><br>
As for being far from Mormons, it's not a big deal, really. I am, my midwife was, but it NEVER came up. I say meet with a couple different midwives and see who you feel most comfortable with, but don't limit your choices by their religion. We're really not all a bunch of quacks, promise! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
If you want a list of homebirth and cnm's in SLC, let me know, I'll pm it to you.
 

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I do recommend Jules Johnstun, she was my midwife (delivered back in Oct.) and I had a wonderful experience with her. Like you I am not LDS and it's kind of hard to find a non-LDS midwife here, that is one reason, among many, I chose Jules. I too wanted to feel totally comfortable with my midwife coming into my house, as Jules did for all my prenatal appointments along with the birth and several post-partum visits too.<br><br>
The other non-LDS midwife I recommend would be Melissa Mayo, she attended my birth along with Jules, she is from Alaska (worked at a birth center there) and has been delivering babies since 1982. Melissa is going to be setting up an office downtown with a local Naturopath, they are going to just focus on women's health and what not. If you need contact info for either of them just PM me.
 

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I went to Becky Mcinnis at the Birth and Family Place, and loved her! Rebecca Williams is also very cool. I HIGHLY doubt either of them are LDS. Becky was barefoot half of my appts wearing long hippy dresses, and Rebecca looks very crunchy to me.<br><br>
The facility is awesome too! Large birthing tubs, nice 'homey' furnishings... Becky has been doing Midwifery for some 20 plus years, mostly homebirths until she switched from a Direct Entry MW (the only kind of MW that legally can do home births in UT from what I've heard/read). She's been at the birth center now for 3 or 4 years (I think since it opened??).<br><br>
They have a 100% satisfaction rate! Me included <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> - even though I was one of the 11% that got transferred to a hospital <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. Becky was wonderful during the whole ordeal though, and stayed with me until the bitter end (emergency c-section).
 

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I'm pretty sure that at least one of the midwives at the birth and family place aren't LDS (I work there). Maybe both. If they are they hide it very well, I never directly asked but in conversations I gathered they weren't. Now watch, both probably are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Melissa Mayo (I hope she doesn't mind me putting her name on a public board) is a wonderful wonderful homebirth midwife (not LDS either, for sure not), I used her twice. Oh Jules too, someone already mentioned her. She is cool. She came to a couple of my prenatals but she was never at any of my births.
 

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Hey- someone else just mentioned Melissa too- do you think we might know eachother? Have you been to any of the lunches she's had at her house?
 

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Coming in late to this one too, but in the if you are looking for Southern Utah, Ivy Duncan is no longer LDS. She was my midwife and is now my preceptor and I cannot say enough wonderful things about her.
 

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<b>ksjhwkr</b> Would you mind PMing me Jules Johnstun's info?<br>
I met with Becky McInnis, but they are booked for the month of September and that is when I am due. Right now I am going to Julie Jones, but do not really want to deliver in a hospital. My last labor was only 5.5 hours, so I am hoping this one will be even more speedy and I think a home birth would be just right.<br>
Thanks!
 

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I met with Becky McInnis, but they are booked for the month of September and that is when I am due. Right now I am going to Julie Jones, but do not really want to deliver in a hospital. My last labor was only 5.5 hours, so I am hoping this one will be even more speedy and I think a home birth would be just right.<br>
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I know Jules. If she doesn't get you her info I can get it for you. I think you would be better off at home than the birthing center anyway. But that is just my opinion. They do get booked up quick there, did you check into Rebekka ( I can't remember how she spells it, but she is the other midwife at the birthing center)? Have you met her? Or maybe she's LDS, I don't know... or maybe you weren't one who cares if the MW is LDS or not. But she may have opennings if Becky is booked.
 

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<b>Mara</b> thanks for the reply. I actually did get the info on Jules. From my ped I also got a rec for Suzanne Smith (sp?). I am going to set up interviews for next month.<br>
About the birth center - I did not meet Rebecca, only Becky, but was told they were both booked for the month. They said they were hoping to get another midwife on board soon so they could accomodate everyone. I am not LDS, and am not sure if I care if my midwife is or not.<br>
Julie Jones seemed nice, but I'm not sure my confidence level in her is that high. That, coupled with the hospital birth, is really turning me off. I was just so spoiled with my last birth and midwife and I was really hoping to find the same connection here.<br>
Thanks!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I used Suzanne for my last homebirth. She is great. I am using Vivian Giles this time, she is fabulous also. She was Suzanne's apprentice when I had Seth, so she did everything. I loved her so much that I decided to use her this time. I can give you her info also if you want. If you're not concerned about religion, I do know of LOTS of other homebirth midwives whose numbers I can give you. Let me know! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Also if you're still considering the hospital, Danielle Demeter is a wonderful CNM who attends births at St. Marks. She'll really go the extra mile for you to get the experience you want.<br><br>
I love Jules and Vivian. They are both excellent midwives. You can also check <a href="http://www.utahbirth.net" target="_blank">www.utahbirth.net</a> to find more referrals for midwives in your area.
 

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Rebecca Williams is totally kick ass!!!!!!! I love her! If i ever have another kid i would want her to be my midwife. I really doubt she is mormon but if she is i wouldn't care.
 

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Hennessey Hanson was my midwife the first time around, and I was never able to figure out if she was LDS or not. It never came up, and it didn't matter to me either way. She was amazing and handled some pretty intense post-partum complications with such calm and confidence that I never had any idea there had been any problems. Unfortunately she's not practicing anymore <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">, so this time I hired Tara Tulley. She's awesome, but it's pretty obvious she's LDS - hippy-ish look notwithstanding - so she may not be what you're looking for. However, she's has incorporated some traditional Chinese medicine into her standard of care, which I've been VERY pleased with, and I don't think any other local midwives are doing.<br><br>
Good luck.
 
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