Hannah Dunford is Miracle Midwifery's Licensed Midwife. She is a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Direct Entry Midwife in the State of Utah. I went to my first home birth when I was just 4 years old (my little sister) and I haven't stopped attending births since then. There is a certain feeling and energy about birth that I haven't experienced anywhere else, I suppose you could say that I am addicted to it! This life-long love and deep interest in childbirth and women's health felt like a calling to me and became more of a reality when I became a doula and started studying midwifery at age eighteen. I apprenticed with many midwives (CPM's and CNM's) in Utah, Oregon and Arizona assisting in many home births and birth-centers births. In 2010 I had beautiful experiences doing midwifery volunteer work in and out of hospitals in Haiti and The Domincan Republic. I finished clinicals and midwifery education and became a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) through the North American Registry of Midwives in 2012. After moving to Utah I became licensed to practice midwifery (LDEM) here in the state of Utah. I practiced as a staff midwife at the Birthing Your Way birth center for nearly two years, where I gained great experience and had the opportunity to serve many women. As a licensed midwife I am required to have up-to-date CPR, NRP (neonatal resuscitation), fetal heart monitoring and other emergency skills. With a license I can also administer IV fluids, draw blood, give certain medications and other medical skills. That being said, I like to mention that I have great respect and am very comfortable with herbs, homeopathics, nutrition, exercise and other natural remedies as my first-step in addressing health. In 2016 I went through the education and training to become a nationally certified and state licensed EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). My main purpose in becoming an EMT was to improve communication with first responders in the case of a transport of a home birth to the hospital. I am also on a committee called the Out-of Hospital Birth Project (OOH Birth Project) of the Utah Woman and Newborn Quality Collaborative (UWNQC) through the state health department. The main goal of the OOH Birth Project (learn more) is to improve communications between midwives and hospital providers during the transport of care. Great steps have been taken to iron out some of the wrinkles in the system and we are hopeful for the future. I went through the 40 Hour Advocacy training with the Rape Recovery Center to deepen my understanding of how to help survivors of abuse, whether that be sexual or domestic violence, through the child-bearing process and beyond. In attending this and other trainings and in working with survivors, I've learned that the effect that abuse can have on pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period can be vast. I found that taking time to build a trusting relationship with mothers and helping them prepare for some of the potentially triggering things that can arise can make a monumental difference. The difference is in creating an atmosphere that is empowering versus an atmosphere that is potentially re-traumatizing. This situation requires a delicate and educated provider that will give kind and informed care to help a survivor prepare effectively for their birth. Another one of my life-long loves is yoga, dancing, rhythm and movement of the body in general. I have been blessed to participate in and teach dance most of my life. I finished the 85-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training through Utah Prenatal Yoga early in 2016 and have thoroughly enjoyed teaching yoga ever since! I especially love to see all of the positive benefits that prenatal yoga, correct body alignment, breathing and movement have had on expecting mothers. See the prenatal yoga page for more info on classes nearby. As a side note, I have always had great interest in serving underprivileged women and families. I have recently loved serving with the incredible people on The Briana Project. This project helps to find the needs of and provide respectful maternity care to low-income, refugee and homeless women locally and abroad.
"I delivered my 4th baby, but first home birth with Krista. It was such an incredible experience. Being a military spouse and having to move around a lot, I've had many different doctors and OB's, I have never received such personal one on one care as I did with Krista and her team. I could txt or call her with any concerns or questions, and she was always able to put my mind at ease. During my labor she was a calm and reassuring presence. I felt 100% safe in her hands. If I were to have another baby (and still in Utah), I would absolutely use her again! Even my husband who was on the fence my entire pregnancy about having a home birth, is now a home birth advocate, and I believe its because of Krista and her amazing team."
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