Lori Gibson, CPM, LM, MBC

Experience has shown me that with the proper foundation and support, a mother can have a healthy pregnancy and labor as nature intended. It is my desire to make every mother feel like she is the only pregnant woman in the world and that she is my number one priority.

 

My interest in birth began when I was younger. My mother and three of her four sisters were born at home and my father has always told me my birth story each year on my birthday- I was the third child but the first child whose birth he was "allowed" to actively participate. Knowing what a special moment it was for him intrigued me. As a teen, I knew that I was going to nurse my children. Again, I was the first baby that my mother breastfed. We are mammals and I could not see myself not giving it a go with my own babies.

I became a mother in 1995. My labor was very straightforward and I gave birth to my first daughter in the hospital with a doctor whom I had only met once before. While it was not the worst experience, I knew in my heart I would not ever give birth in a hospital again unless it was absolutely necessary. Six years later, with my second pregnancy, I was monitored and attended, prenatally and during labor, by nurse midwives at a freestanding birth center. Although, I didn't know which of the three CNMs would be attending me during my birth, I had been given the support to labor as I needed, my older daughter was encouraged to be part of the experience and my husband assisted with the birth of our second daughter. That pregnancy and birth were far better experiences than my previous and that sparked an interest that guided me to start researching midwifery and natural out-of-hospital birth.

We moved from North Carolina to South Carolina two years later and, not knowing then that SC licensed and regulated midwives, we knew that if we were to become pregnant again we would travel back to our previous birth center. I became pregnant with our son three years after moving and in the meantime I had learned that the laws regarding midwifery were different in SC than in NC. I had attended a friend's home birth and came home saying to my husband, "That is the way it should be."

Our son was born at home in 2007 and completely changed my life and the way I regarded maternity care and birth. While I had wanted a midwife with my first pregnancy and knew what the difference was, I really didn't get it until I established care with a Licensed Midwife. I was seen by her and her apprentice for each prenatal appointment so by the time I was in labor, there was no question as to who would attend me. I was comfortable with my children and husband and MY midwives. That changed my life.

Since 1997, I have had the honor and privilege to attend many women as they became mothers- whether for the first time or the tenth! I have assisted during labor and birth as a doula, assisted mothers as they initiated breast feeding, taught childbirth education classes, and attended families during the post partum period. I am trained and keep current certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), CPR and BEST (Birth Emergency Skills for out of hospital midwives).

I began midwifery school and attending prenatal visits as a student with Damaris Pittman (she was my midwife too!) in 2009 and began attending home births and birth center births with her in 2010. While apprenticing, I also worked in the office at a local birth center as the office assistant then billing coordinator from 2011-2014. I completed the Midwife-To-Be midwifery program in May 2014, then obtained the  North American Registry of Midwives designation of Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and subsequently became licensed as a midwife in South Carolina (LM). By the time I had completed my midwifery education, I had attended over 150 out of hospital births.

 

I love attending births at a birth center, but I believe that home is the safest and most comfortable place for a family to labor and bring forth their newest family member.  A bonus is that it is a lot more cost effective for an out of hospital birth than a hospital birth!

 

Click here to read Lori's Philosophy of Care.

Education, Training & Certification

 

Certification & Licensure

Midwifery Bridge Certificate, 2016 

     NARM​ & US-MERA

Licensed Midwife, initial license 2014

     South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

 

Certified Professional Midwife, initial certification 2014

     North American Registry of Midwives

 

Bachelors of Fine Arts, 1998

     University of North Carolina- Greensboro

 

Education

Midwife-To-Be, Easly, SC

     May 2014, Midwifery 

 

Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, NC

     December 1999, Early Childhood Education

 

University of North Carolina- Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

     Gratuated May 1998, Bachelors of Fine Arts

 

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

      Attended 1992-1994, 1997

 

Experience

Birth Choice,  Damaris Pittman, LM, CPM

     Assistant Midwife 2014-2015

     Apprentice Midwife 2012-2014

     Student Midwife 2010-2012

 

Pure Birth Midwifery,  Christine Strothers, LM, CPM, RN, IBCLC

     Assistant Midwife 2014-2015

     Apprentice Midwife 2012-2014

 

Natural-Choice Midwifery,  Pamala Wilson, LM, CPM

     Assistant Midwife 2014-2015

     Apprentice Midwife 2012-2014

 

Carolina Community Maternity Center   Fort Mill, SC

     Associate Midwife 2015

     Apprentice Midwife 2012-1014

     Student Midwife 2009-2012

     Administrative Assistant March 2010-September 2014

 

Doula

     1997- present. 

     Starting with my sister's labor in 1997, I have had the honor and privilege to

     assist mothers in labor and welcome babies into this world. Prior to starting          midwifery school, I had already attended more than 10 births (in and out of          the hospital) as a doula.

 

Training / Workshops / Continuing Education

 

Evidence Based Birth Instructor for Professionals and Parents, 2019

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) for Adults, Children & Infants and Basic 

      Lifesaving Skills (renews every 2 years), August 2016

      Griffen Williams, Instructor

NPR (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) & Neonatal Transitions

       August 2014, renews every 2 years

       Karen Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor

BEST (Birth Emergency Skills Training), April 2016

      Andrea Dixon, CNM

      Charlotte, NC

University of Virginia Critical Congenital Heart Defect Screening

      March 2016

 

Navigating the Currents of Midwifery, September 2015

     SC Association of Certified Nurse Midwives Affiliate

 

Best Practice Guidelines: Transfer from Planned Home Birth to Hospital,      

     December 2014

     National Association of CPM & Association of Midwifery Educators

 

Out of Hospital Birth Emergencies, November 2014

     Charleston Birth Place, Charleston, SC

 

Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn & AAP NRP August 2014 

     (renews every 2 years)

     Karen Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor

     Carolina Community Maternity Center, Fort Mill, SC

 

Adult, Child & Infant AHA Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation August 2014 (renews 

     every 2 years)

     Carolina Community Maternity Center, Fort Mill, SC

 

Advanced Midwifery Workshop, August 2013

     The Farm Midwives at The Farm, Summertown, TN

 

BEST (Birth Emergency Skills Training), August 2012

     Andrea Dixon, CNM

     Carolina Community Maternity Center, Fort Mill, SC

 

American Association of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program (AAP NRP),        August 2012

     Andrea Dixon, CNM

     Carolina Community Maternity Center, Fort Mill, SC

 

Midwife-To-Be Skills Weekend, February 2011

     Carolina Community Maternity Center, Fort Mill, SC

 

American Heart Association Adult, Child & Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation,

     February 2010

     Carolina Community Maternity Center, Fort Mill, SC

 

Organizations & Memberships

National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM)

Palmetto Association of Licensed Midwives (PALM), Secretary 2015-present

SC Chapter of NACPM (SCNACPM), Fundraising and Legislative Committees, President 2016-present

MANA Statistics participant 2015-present

Carolina Birth Junkies, Co-founder and organizer, 2016-present

Midwifery Advisory Council w/ SCDHEC 2017-present

South Carolina Perinatal Association 2017-present

 

 

 

© 2019 Lori Gibson, CPM, LM, MBC, Moonlight Birth, LLC

 

All images are used with permission of the respective photographer and subject. Site photography credits include: Becca Bond Photography, Lisa Foy Photography,  Hannah Schroter, Ann Norment of Ann's Photography, Two Little Monkeys Photography

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