Katia L'Ecuyer, CPM, LDEM
Katia is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and a Licensed Direct Entry Midwife (LDEM) in the state of Utah. She is a graduate from the Midwives College of Utah, where she earned the “Student by Excellence” award in 2007. She has been practicing midwifery for more than 10 years and has attended hundreds of births, so you know you can count on a skilled and experienced health care provider. She provided care to women in rural Costa Rica where she practiced as a home birth midwife before returning to the U.S. She then worked as a Senior Midwife at Better Birth, high volume birth centers, which made her realize her love for midwifery lies in the continuity of care and the connection she shares with women and families. Katia is a NARM approved preceptor and has taught countless midwifery students. Since her passion for teaching and learning never seems to stop, she is currently enrolled as a pre-med student with the objective to expand her skills and knowledge and eventually provide care to women and families living in rural areas where access to care is often limited. She is originally from Quebec, Canada and is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
"Some people believe I have a fascinating life story, but of course to me, it feels mundane. I was born and raised in Quebec City and while I had a pretty uneventful childhood, I knew from a very young age that the city life wasn't for me. As a young adult I travelled the world searching for a more meaningful life, which I found in the remote Costa Rican jungle. I was blessed to settle in one of the most pristine places on earth, where I strived to live a simple sustainable life. I was convinced that there was no greater gift I could give my children then to provide a safe and peaceful place on earth for them to explore, grow, and thrive. I gave birth to my first two children at home in the U.S. with a midwife and it opened my heart to the world of midwifery. After moving to Costa Rica, I had my third child purposefully unassisted. I gave birth outside where I often slept under the moon and stars and it was the most beautiful and empowering experience. I got to breastfeed my son for the first time as I watched the sun setting over the ocean and felt such peace and serenity. And although it may sound like a dichotomy for a midwife to choose to have an unassisted birth, to me it says it all. Nowadays, women are birthing in a world where they often feel like they must surrender their sovereignty in order to get the help and support they deserve. As a health care provider, I believe women can have both a safe and empowering experience, where they feel validated, respected, and honored while also receiving excellent care."
Trinette Thompson, CPM, LDEM
Trinette graduated from the Midwives College of Utah (MCU) in 2003 and has attended nearly 2000 births in her career. She is the mother of six wonderful children, five of which were born at home. Trinette and Katia worked together at Better Birth and are proud to share the same practice guidelines and hold the same high standard of care for their clients. Trinette is a NARM approved preceptor and serves on the board for licensed direct entry midwives (LDEM) with the Utah’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).
"We see pregnancy and birth as a healthy natural process and our role as midwives is to help guide women and families through out this amazing life experience. We believe one of the most important aspect of midwifery care is to get to know the families that we work with and to help foster an atmosphere of safety and trust. We encourage families to gain the knowledge necessary to make informed decision about their health and well-being. We believe that providing families with evidence-based care is of utmost importance and makes for a safe and empowering experience. It’s with this in mind, that we dedicate our heart and soul to honor and serve families through out the childbearing year."
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Amber Adams, Student Midwife
Amber is a student midwife, currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Midwifery from the Midwives College of Utah. As a doula, she has attended nearly 50 births, both in and out-of-hospital. After supporting her first client in labor, she knew that her true calling and passion was to serve as a midwife. Amber has lived in Utah for a large majority of her life, but sees herself as transplant from Wyoming. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, reading, and knitting.
Amber believes that our bodies were built to give birth and that the role of a midwife is to create an environment that facilitates the process. She feels that there is no one way to birth that fits everyone, and it will look different for every family. She also feels that midwifery care encourages a trusting relationship between midwife and client that allows a feeling of safety and mutual respect. This relationship begins at the first meeting and continues into the postpartum period and lays the foundation for education, communication, and compassionate support throughout the childbearing year.