Lori Murafka Orme

My introduction to midwifery was 20 years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter. My midwife was kind and compassionate, listened to my concerns, and genuinely cared for me and my baby. Although I continued with midwifery care for my next two pregnancies, I quickly became disheartened with the medical model and hospital care. For my fourth pregnancy, I wanted a homebirth with a CPM. My choices were limited since I was having twins, but I did find a midwife that believed in my body as much as I did. This entire experience changed me and started me on my path to becoming a CPM.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Social Science with a minor in Sociology. During my midwifery training, I attended homebirths, worked in a high-volume birth center in Texas, and a hospital in Belize. In 2007, I earned the CPM credential and became licensed under the Virginia Board of Medicine.

To date, I have attended 500+ births. Outside of helping to maintain our busy midwifery practice, I have an amazingly supportive husband and 8 children, 5 of which have been born at home with CPMs. We have homeschooled since our oldest was 5. In 2016, our practice had the honor of attending my grandson’s birth at home.  In my copious amounts of spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, hanging with my kids, and vacations to anywhere tropical.