Tooele Midwifery Midwives
Tooele Midwifery was opened in January 2016 by Amy Patel, CPM LDEM. Bryanna Lee, DEM became entrusted with the business in 2020. Tooele Midwifery is centered around informed consent and individualized care, a philosophy of practice that is strongly believed in by both Amy and Bryanna.
Bryanna Lee, DEM SBD CBE
Bryanna Lee is Tooele Midwifery's owner and lead midwife.
Bryanna attended her first birth at 14 years old when her youngest brother was born. She then dreamed of being an OBGYN before the Midwifery Model of Care was introduced to her during a Medical Anthropology college course. She soon became passionate about advocating for individualized pregnancy care and out of hospital birthing.
Bryanna completed her BA in midwifery studies at the Midwives College of Utah in 2019 and says she couldn’t be making her dreams come true without the support of her amazing husband. They have 2 young daughters together, both of which were born at home. Her family loves to spend time outside, camping, hiking, fishing and enjoying nature.
In addition to being a Direct Entry Midwife, soon to be a certified and licensed midwife, Bryanna is a certified StillBirthday Doula, Childbirth Educator, Midwife Assistant, and trained Placenta Specialist. She also maintains CPR, neonatal resuscitation, evidence informed practice certification and food handlers permit.
Bryanna believes in natural processes of birth, as well as it's normal variations. Every pregnancy and birth is different and therefore; she believes each client deserves individualized care. Bryanna hopes to do her part in improving childbirth care in her community by providing culturally competent and evidence informed practices.
Bryanna is a proud member of the American Indian Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. She feels passionately about social and birth justices in many under-represented communities. She wants her services accessible to individuals that are a part of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, or those 17 and younger.
Melissa Barnes, DEM
Melissa is one of Tooele Midwifery's Junior Midwives and Office Manager.
Melissa Habla español!
She has helped deliver 46 babies and has helped over 102 families throughout their preconception, prenatal, postpartum, and well-body care.
Melissa is a wife, mother of 3. She is passionate about everything pregnancy and birth. She believes every woman has the right to know her options and deserves to have the birth of her dream.
At the age of 16, Melissa witnessed the birth of her cousin and at that moment, her dream of becoming a forensic scientist went out the window. In that same year, Melissa was introduced to midwifery during the birth of her niece. She witnessed the drastic difference in care between doctors and midwives and knew that midwifery was the route she was going to take.
10 years and 3 kids later Melissa has taken her dream off hold and has started her studies at Tooele Midwifery. She is looking forward to helping families through the journey of pregnancy and birth and is honored to be part of such a special time in their lives.
Amy Patel, CPM, LDEM
Amy opened Tooele Midwifery in 2016 and remained the owner through 2019. She continues to attend births as needed during the transition of ownership.
She is a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Direct Entry Midwife in the state of Utah.
She has delivered over 385 babies and has helped over 684 families throughout their preconception, prenatal, postpartum, and well-body care.
Amy has been previously employed as a midwife at BetterBirth, LLC and opened Tooele Midwifery in 2016.
Amy has a passion for training students to be midwives. Amy has trained approximately 52 students in birth center and home birth settings. She also teaches IV skills at the Midwives College of Utah at their student conferences.
As well as being a midwife, Amy is a mother of four and also carried a baby as a surrogate. She is also a Certified Doula, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Certifed Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and was a Former HypnoBirthing Practitioner. She also maintains certification in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR.
She believes that every woman is unique and is entitled to personal and individualized care. She believes that a woman’s birth should be protected, supported, and void of any unnecessary interference.
453 N Main Street,
Tooele, UT 84074
Servicing Tooele County, Salt Lake County, & Utah County
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