Dianne Bjarnson, B.S. Ed, M.S.M., CPM, LDEM
Dianne Bjarnson, otherwise known as The Traditional Midwife, has practiced as a midwife for over 40 years assisting over 1,400 births. She has a Masters Degree in Midwifery, is a Certified Professional Midwife, and is licensed in Utah as a Direct-Entry Midwife. Information about her current midwifery practice is found at SunstoneMaternity.com.
Midwifery education has been Dianne’s focus for many decades. She founded the Midwives College of Utah and was President of the College for the first 20 years. During that time period, she wrote a great deal of the midwifery curriculum and assisted the College in becoming accredited by the national Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) in the first round. For three years, Dianne served as a member of the MEAC Board and was Secretary for one of those years. She also acted as an Accreditation Site Visitor.
For many years, Dianne has been teaching emergency childbirth classes at various preparedness fairs and for various organizations. At this time she is shifting her time and attention into preparing emergency childbirth education materials. See EmergencyChildbirth.com
Dianne is naturally oriented in her approach to midwifery, first getting educated in herbology before midwifery studies. Over the years, she has developed many herbal formulas, which she has used in her midwifery practice, and which now are being sold online at SunstoneFormulas.com. She is a Master Herbalist, and is CEO and the Director of R&D of Sunstone, Inc., Pleasant Grove, UT. She also has been a faculty member of The School of Natural Healing, Springville, UT, The College of Herbs and Natural Healing, Great Britain, and the University of Natural Medicine, Santa Fe, NM.
Other education includes certification in hypnotherapy, NLP, iridology, reflexology, and magnetic therapy, EMT training and graduate classes in educational psychology and family therapy, as well as training in many other alternative health modalities, including various energy therapy models.
Her activities in professional organizations have included giving six lectures at national MANA conventions, being a founding member and President of the Utah Midwives Association, sitting on the Utah Health Forum Board, state chairperson of NAPSAC, chairing many conferences including UMA, DMU, and MANA region.
Dianne was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho. She graduated with a B.S. Ed from the University of Idaho. While at the U of I she was selected as an Outstanding Senior Graduate, was Executive Secretary of the Associated Students and on the Executive Board. She also was a member of Mortar Board, was president of CUP Political Party and Chairperson of the Committee on Reform in Student Government.
In spite of her impressive list of professional and educational accomplishments, she readily tells everyone that what makes life most worthwhile is family -- her husband, her ten children, and her numerous grandchildren. This love for family is exemplified in her midwifery practice as she compassionately assists families during pregnancy and childbirth.