For more than 10 years I have had the pleasure of helping birthing women. I hold an Associates of Science in Midwifery. I attained this Certification by first attending the Midwives College of Utah, in Orem, Utah. I completed my studies in 2008. This was a clinically based program which also included academic classes on a variety of topics, with additional studies at BYU. I participated in 150+ births as either an assistant or a supervised primary attendant. As a NARM Certified Midwife, I have passed a written examination of academic knowledge and submitted proof of experiences at births and validation of a wide variety of clinical skills by another certified midwife. I also completed extra classes to obtain a Professional license with the state of Utah.
I can help you birth in a birthing suite or at home. I cannot help you birth in a hospital as your midwife at this time. I can be a birth attendant in these settings. Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are natural, normal parts of being a woman. As midwives, we seek to support the powerful connection between mother, partner, and child, creating a loving, peaceful environment for new life to begin. I hope to accomplish this by empowering you, mothers and partners, to be accountable for your birth experience. I do not feel I “deliver” babies, I support and assist women to give birth and am there as a baby “catcher”. My responsibility is to make you aware of any concerns I have based on our past experience and current perceptions. I seek to offer informed choice, not merely informed consent. You are my client, never my “patient”. Any decisions regarding options are yours to make.
B. Maria Cranford, CPM, MSM, LDEM Owner
My journey to midwifery began as a young girl, hiding in my mother's room while Mom was busy with the siblings and then devouring the pregnancy and birth books I found. (Confession time, Mom!) When it was time for college, I was actually pre-med, but inspiration and advice took me on a different path, for which I am so grateful. After my hospital experience with my 5th child, I knew there had to be a better way to birth and sought out those alternatives. Those alternatives led to receiving the prompting in 2006 that I was to be a midwife, and then getting a "DO IT NOW" answer when I tried to dismiss it due to being a mother of many littles.
When I was pregnant with #6, I had decided I wanted to get my Master's degree if I was going back to school to become a midwife and I was trying to choose between becoming a CNM or a CPM. Unbeknownst to me, my husband was actually praying for me to "have an experience to show Maria the direction she should go." I'm so glad he waited to tell me about that prayer until AFTER the birth with #6. Even though I was SUPPOSED to deliver at a birth center, I caught my daughter at home, unassisted, after 7 contractions while my husband frantically dialed (and connected with) the midwife. My application to my master's program was submitted 6 weeks after she was born. One child later, I was a nationally credentialed Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and licensed to practice and, after one more wee one, completed my Master's of Science in Midwifery. (And, yes, if you were counting, one more baby while constructing our Draper Office makes nine children.)
I'm very grateful for the journey I was given in becoming a midwife as my path took me to places I never knew existed...While I have always loved exercise, the outdoors and have even hiked a good portion of the Appalachian Trail, I now LOVE yoga (both bikram and kundalini). Opportunity opened and I certified as a Reiki practitioner. When we moved to Utah, we went under contract on a home sight-unseen (because we felt it was the correct thing to do) and I was blessed with a huge garden already planted with yarrow, sage, echinacea, mint and other herbs. As I expand this blessing, I am making and using herbal preparations for my family and practice. I am currently studying Eastern and Chinese medicine philosophies and the energetic/chakra principles they contain. So many things I did not even know existed 9 years ago and that is why I am so PASSIONATE about informing and educating my clients on ALL their choices and options for their pregnancy and birth.
Life is incredible, full, joyous, blissful and abundant. I am so blessed with a family (who supports me in my vocation and helps me get crazy and stay young), and clients whom I love and who allow me to walk beside them on their journey.