Welcome To Great Expectations!

Hi, I’m Rebecca Williams, a certified nurse-midwife practicing in the Salt Lake area since 2004. I attend out-of-hospital births in both the home and birth suite setting because I believe women should have safe, wonderful choices regarding their birth experience.
The births I’ve shared with my families in Utah continue to amaze and humble me. Thank you to all the families who have trusted me with their births. I’m honored to be a part of such a fabulous milestone in your lives.
Women choose an out-of-hospital birth with a certified nurse-midwife because:
  • They know they’ll be supported in having the birth experience they desire.
  • They want to know and be comfortable with their birth attendant.
  • They want to choose their labor and birth positions, including whether they will have a water birth.
  • They don’t want harnessed to monitors and IV’s.
  • They want a safe birth, without unnecessary interventions.
  • They want a C-section rate below 3%, instead of the 30% rate common in many hospitals.
  • They want to be in control of what they wear, what they eat, and whom they invite to their birth.
  • They want their partners involved.
  • They want to birth in an environment that believes birth is a normal, natural process that women have successfully done for countless years, instead of a medical procedure.
  • They want to keep their babies near them and breastfeed immediately after birth.
  • They want the option of prescription medicines if needed for mastitis, urinary tract infections, thyroid problems, yeast, etc.

Birth Spot Availability

After being on call 24/7 for over a decade there are many things I have put on hold. I’m hoping that if I take two months off from births in a row I will have a chance to get some of those things off my never ending “to do” list. So in 2016 I will not be attending births in both January and February. I will still be available for office visits during this time.

I am booked from now through  through early May 2016.

I am receiving so many phone calls a day it is getting harder and harder to find the time to answer all the questions and return all the calls. If your call doesn’t get returned try e-mailing and I will do my best to respond. Midwifery is a time intensive job and unfortunately there is a limit to what one can do with the hours in a day.

If you would like to be placed on a wait list in case a space frees up for 2016, please e-mail me [Email address: rebecca #AT# greatexpectationsbc.com - replace #AT# with @ ] with your contact information and due date, and I will let you know if a birth spot becomes available. If you are already one of my clients or we have a prior connection, please give me a call and we will make special arrangements if possible.

Safety Record

Of the more than 750 labors I’ve managed in Utah, I’ve only had to transfer twenty-one women during labor (none emergently) and six moms after the birth…. with only six laboring women transferred since 2008.

After 9 1/2 years in Utah I transferred my first baby to the hospital for a non-birth related reason after a lovely birth.  I hope at least another 9 1/2 years go by before another little one needs transferred. **** It wasn’t the 9 1/2 years that I hoped for…my second baby was transferred exactly one year after the first, after another perfect birth…darn Group Beta Strep. The third baby I transferred was a very unique situation. A very very very quick VBAC birth with the baby born in the car with mild pneumonia.

My maternal and fetal mortality rate is zero.

The national transfer rate for out-of-hospital births is around 10% for moms and 3% for babies so I’ve been very fortunate.