Welcome To Great Expectations!

Hi, I’m Rebecca Williams, a certified nurse-midwife practicing in the Salt Lake area since 2004.

August 17, 2023
Second Party Update

Thank your for all the support and suggestions!!! Love is good.

The overwhelming message is “It will all work out”. Evidently it was never about the do-nut. All about the HUG! : )

I am happy to report that there will be 70 dozen do-nuts, bagels with toasting station and cream cheese toppings, cookies, as well as other items. Thanks to some menu and vendor changes we won’t starve at the party.

See you Sunday for the Party!!!!


August 14, 2023


I find myself in a wonderful but overwhelming dilemma.

When I planned this party I thought about 250-300 people might attend because that is similar to attandance at my office cookie parties. When I counted the confirmed RSVP’s this morning it was almost 700 people with many still undecided.

WOW!!! The love and support I feel is amazing!!!! Who knew that many busy people would want a hug and do-nut. Incredible.

The practical side of me says I don’t have the resources for 700+ people. I have 10 picnic tables, lots of grass, plans for 50 dozen do-nuts, one big bounce house, frisbee golf area, two face painters and a few family members to help out. Will a child who comes at 9:00 am get 5 do-nuts and the kids at noon none?? I’m used to spending an hour with each family for appointments. How do I spread myself to see so many people I really want to see in such a short time?? I don’t know how I can logistically make it work. It feels too thin. I want hugs and family catch up time.

Some people haven’t been able to attend. I received texts or emails with news and pictures of their family. It’s not the same as seeing someone in person although it feels so good to have that contact and see my babies growing up.

My heart is so full thinking of everyone who wants to celebrate with me. I feel the love and support. Instead of attending in person it’s ok to send your support by email or text and it’s extra ok if it includes a picture.

My husband says we will just do the best we can. I’m worried people who have made so much effort to attend the party will be disappointed when it’s so crowded and my party efforts seem so inadequate. That’s not the way I want it. My families are so wonderful they deserve the best.

So I just can be honest and tell you the situation. Some may need to bring their own seating, blanket or folding chair. I will have string cheese, fruit snacks, bananas, Dum Dum suckers on a smaller scale for kids. This will be more of a snack party than full belly affair I’m embarassed to say. Eat less and visit more with the other families. Maybe that’s the plan.

Dilemma!! Dilemma!!! If you have solutions let me know. Who knew love was so stressful.

I adore you all. We have been connected by the babies and the journey. It’s a strong bond. I wish I could show you how much you mean to me. Hugs to all.

rebecca : )

****** I have noticed I may NOT have current text or email addresses for everyone I dearly want to invite to the celebration. If you haven’t heard from me please text or e-mail. *******
SAVE THE DATE:     (Party plans are coming together)!!!!

Retirement Party at the Grant Park Pavillion in Murray!!!!   6150 S Main Street, Murray, UT  (about a block west of Fashion Place Mall) Lots of parking available at Senior Recreation Center.
Sunday, August 20th, 2023.  
Time:  Beat the heat!!!  Drop by anytime between 9:00 am to 1:00ish.
Face painting available from 9:30 am to 1:00pm.
Inflatable (big bounce house) until 2:00 pm.  Murray has changed it’s food truck and inflatable rules for most of their parks so this will be the last inflatable at Grant Park.
Food:  Fruit and pastries.
RSVP:  While you are welcome to drop by without an RSVP it would help me plan a little better if I had some idea of how many might be able to party.  Text or email please.

***Since seating is limited if you have a blanket or folding chair to bring that would be helpful.
  There were pros and cons for any day of the week I chose so I understand it might not work for everyone.  If you’re not able to come text or email me a picture and I’ll be a very happy camper.

February 19, 2023

Thank you for 19 years in Utah. 

Over 1200 Utah births!!!!  (I thought I was one baby short of 1200 until I consolidated the baby birth charts and found there were several unnumbered babies.  These were births I attended for other midwives that didn’t count on my birth certificate list).  Yay for the bonus babies!!!!

It’s been bittersweet closing my practice and office.  It’s both happiness hearing about a new baby on the way and disappointment that I won’t be sharing the birthday party.  How can someone else love my ladies as much as I do????  They deserve adoration.  Women are so amazing!!!  Strong, vulnerable, heroic, resilient, powerful.  Thank you for trusting me.  Thank you for letting me witness your triumphant.  Thank you for your friendship. 

I have been so blessed and honored by my birth experiences.  I couldn’t do it without the partners and birth team members who also shared birth space with me.  Party, party!!!

I’ve felt so melancholy this week as I cleaned my office out.  So many many memories.  I’ve had the opportunity to be part of so many lives.  I’ve really loved my work.  It’s hard to let it go.

Now it’s time to focus on the next chapter.  Sleeping.  More time with my husband and family.  I saw bees from both my hives out flying around today, which made me very happy.  I’ve been propagating more plants for them.  Lots of cat mint which they love.  They will be the most pampered bees. 

Good byes are so hard.  Which is why I’d love to see you all again, soon.

Tentatively scheduled for June 2023, I’ll be throwing a party at the park. (Probably the Murray park).

I’ll post as soon as I have a date.  Then we’ll have to figure out how many might come so I can let the food truck(s) know.

For everyone who has sent me pictures or cards throughout the years by mail or email you’ve brought me great joy.  I really appreciate them.  Since I don’t have an office address anymore please email or text me and I’ll happily share my home address  to be included on your Christmas card list.