Lori vividly recalls learning about fetal development and birth during a memorable exhibit at Disney World, where she visited when she was seven. Her mother always shared with her the joy of her own birth experiences, which fostered a positive perception of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood from a young age.
In high school, she wanted to deliver babies as an obstetrician, but her life followed a different plan when she watched her grandfather enter into hospice care. Lori knew she was being called to become a nurse. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She became active in sexual assault survivor advocacy and the V-Day Organization, where she raised awareness of domestic violence and supported efforts to assist survivors. She also spent time working with pregnant inner-city teens to foster healthier lifestyles during their prenatal courses and help them develop parenting skills.
Her career led her to trauma and intensive care nursing in Detroit, Michigan and later, New York City, where she learned valuable lessons about the fragility of life and was once again reminded of her earlier passion for birth when she learned about midwifery. Midwifery care aligned with her respect for birth, her belief in the strength of women, and her understanding of the lifespan.
She had the good fortune of being placed with the Midwives of New Jersey as a midwifery student, where she instantly recognized something special about how the group supported women in their birth choices and experiences. She graduated from Georgetown University’s midwifery program in 2016 and joined the midwives in practice.
Lori enjoys traveling, yoga, eating, antiques, and making people laugh. She lives in Chester, NJ with her wife, Marybeth, and two boxers, Zara and Luna.