About Greatest Joy Midwifery

Greatest Joy Midwifery offers prenatal, birth, and postpartum care for families planning a home or birth center birth, and who want to avoid unnecessary interventions and be actively involved in their prenatal and birth plans.

Through education and informed consent, I help families feel supported, prepared, and safe during pregnancy and birth.

My mission statement

I believe that every woman deserves a say in how and where she gives birth. I also believe that you can have a birth that’s both safe and enjoyable. Labor doesn’t have to be something that you endure or dread – it can be an exciting and empowering experience that you look forward to. You don’t have to sacrifice experience for safety, either; a good birth can be both beautiful and safe. A good birth attendant is like a lifeguard, watching and safeguarding you – not directing or binding you.

A good birth for mom and baby begins with good prenatal care that involves education, informed consent, and input from the parents. Your prenatal and birth care should be as unique as you and your baby are.

How it all began

Kristy Hammack, midwife, smiling at the camera

Many years ago, when my first child was born, I had no idea that modern midwives existed. The idea that there were options and choices of care providers or birth places did not even occur to me. When he was still very small, I happened to meet a student midwife and that chance encounter changed the course of my life forever. After she told me a little about her experiences as a midwife’s apprentice, I went directly to the bookstore and bought the only two books they had on midwifery (Heart and Hands and Spiritual Midwifery) and dove in headfirst. Before I had finished them, I was in love and that was that. I knew I had to become a midwife.

It took time. First I had my next baby, and the fact that she was a planned home birth turned hospital transport did nothing to dampen my enthusiasm. Shortly after her birth, I attended doula training and began supporting a small number of women in birth at a variety of settings. After my third birth, I knew it was time to begin my adventures in midwifery. In 2005 I enrolled in a midwifery training program, and in 2006 I began attending births as a student midwife. And┬áhaven’t looked back since.

Kristy is the most kind, caring and supportive woman and midwife you could ever hope to meet. Never once did I feel rushed or brushed off and she spent as much time as needed with me, helping me understand everything that was going on and any procedures I had the option to have. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough!! We LOVE our midwife!
Leslie

My training and experience

  • Completion of the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program (2008)
  • Certified through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)
  • Licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Neonatal Resuscitation training (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
  • BLS/CPR for the Healthcare Professional (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
  • Regular drills, skills tests, and peer reviews
  • Field Faculty for Midwives College of Utah
  • Advanced Education in:
    • Newborn examination and care
    • Hyperemesis gravidarum
    • Postpartum depression
    • Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring
    • Cultural Competency

But enough about me. . . .

Now I’d like to learn more about you! If you’re ready, let’s set up a time for your free consultation and talk about your plans for your birth and your baby. Need more information? You might enjoy reading about my services or┬ásome birth stories.

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