I was born and raised here in beautiful Boundary County. Growing up on a farm, I have a deep appreciation for hard work, gardening, raising animals and the natural resources all around us. I have always been interested in nursing, health care and serving others. So it seemed like a logical step in my life to join the Army after I graduated high school and train as a combat medic, serve my country and earn money to go to college. After my training I worked in a ground ambulance unit at my first duty station in Fort Benning, Georgia. We supported a lot of training there, to include airborne school and ranger school. In the hot humid south I learned a great deal about dehydration and IV fluids. When the Gulf War began my unit deployed to Saudi Arabia for 8 months to support soldiers in Operation Desert Shield and Storm. What an experience, it seems like a lifetime ago. I met my soul mate before I left the service and we were married in Georgia in 1992. I started college right away with hopes of getting my nursing degree. Then along came our first son in 1994, then three more in 1996, 1998 and 2000. Needless to say I didn’t finish my nursing and enjoyed being a mother of four active little boys. It was a dear and precious time, especially now that they are all grown up.
A spark or passion began to grow in me as I had my children, I loved everything pregnancy and birth. I think having my babies in military hospitals is what put me on my path to midwifery. I had a desire to feel heard, supported and cared for. Not just one of the masses, or next in line. Hurry up and wait. So after much prayer I began my first classes in 2009 at Midwives College of Utah. By 2011, my husband retired after 21 years in the service and we moved home to Bonners Ferry. So that in addition to my didactic learning, I could apprentice with three local midwives and an OB/GYN. Barbara Rawlings and Kendra Scarlett are both retired LM’s now. They practiced together in Boundary County and surrounding areas for more than 40 years. Their model of midwifery care and commitment to families inspired me to continue in their steps. They will forever be some of my favorite people and dearest friends. Sherry Bushnell, NP, LM was an integral part of my midwifery
training as well. Her quiet and peaceful presence at births was a great attribute and I endeavor to model that for my clients. She is now a Nurse Practitioner and providing care in a rural and busy Family Practice Office here in Bonners Ferry. She is always available for questions or consults and we love her! Lastly I spent a seven month rotation with Dr. Anne Camber attending clinical days and births at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center in Libby. She was an amazing teacher and worked hard to integrate midwives and teach us excellent risk management skills. After graduating and earning my CPM in 2014, I applied for my Idaho license and have never looked back. I am an active member in the Idaho Midwifery Counsel. Visit idahomidwives.org to see all the lovely midwives in our state and links to our Idaho Statutes. I am so happy to call Idaho my home and look forward to serving my community for many years to come.
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."
– Barbara Katz Rothman
After having 13 children (not a typo) with the same midwife, the need came for a new midwife but we were a bit apprehensive about choosing one. We did a ton of research and talked to a lot of people and ended up choosing Lori.
With Lori’s extensive knowledge and gentle touch my husband and I felt we were in capable hands throughout the entire birth process.
Every delivery is unique with its own challenges. With us living in a fifth wheel while building our house she took everything in stride, helping us feel confident that all would go well. And it did! Lori was able to adapt to our situation and help us deliver a perfect little baby girl.
We highly recommend her, and this may sound a little crazy, but we look forward to using her again!