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  • Masters , Public Health in Health Education and Promotion/Maternal Child Health
    Loma Linda University
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About Us » South Coast Milk Bank, 28 Jan 2014 [cached]
Lorri Walker, RNC, NP, CNM Founder and Director
Lorri Walker, RNC, NP, CNM Founder and Director
Lorri founded South Coast Milk Bank in 2003 with the goal of expanding on her long lived dedication to breastfeeding and providing avenues for women and their choice to breastfeed.
Lorri is also the founder and director of South Coast Midwifery and Women's Health Care, the oldest and most established birth center and home birth practice in Orange County.
Some may view a birth center ..., 8 Mar 2014 [cached]
Some may view a birth center as a "hippie" way to give birth explained South Coast Midwifery Founder and "Chief Baby Catcher" Lorri Walker, "but it's a more personalized way to give birth."
We live in Orange County," said Walker.
Lorri Walker, owner and ..., 27 April 2009 [cached]
Lorri Walker, owner and founder of South Coast Midwifery, Orange County's only birth center
For Lorri Walker, this is all good news. A self-described "childbirth junkie" who is the founder and director of Irvine-based South Coast Midwifery, Walker has been "catching" babies since 1985, after personal experience with her own children's births led her to become interested in professionally pursuing alternative childbirth. As a registered nurse and certified nurse-midwife (CNM), Walker's birth center is the only one in Orange County, and the third in California (one of 40 nationwide) to be accredited by The Commission for Accreditation of Birth Centers. But while the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports birth centers like South Coast Midwifery, Walker disagrees with the group's stance that home births, a service utilized by more than half of her mothers, are unsafe.
"Labor and birth is a normal function; in most cases, your body knows how to do it," she says.
None of this is news to Walker. As a board member of the American Association of Birth Centers, she is acutely aware of the hurdles women must overcome, both psychologically and culturally, when it comes to making choices about childbirth.
"Particularly in this country in the last century, all we knew was what we saw on TV," she says. "[People] grabbed their bags and ran to the hospital. We don't know what happened when they got there; all we know is that you run and then you go to the hospital and then you come back with a baby. The implications in that portrayal, she says, are twofold: "Either you went to the hospital and did it the 'normal' way or you imagined hippies living in a teepee burning incense and patting somebody's hand."
But nothing could be further than the truth. Study after study has found that CNM-attended births among low-risk women dramatically improve the infant mortality rate, number of low birth weight babies and neo-natal mortality rate in both hospitals and birth centers when compared to physicians caring for equally low-risk women. At birth centers like Walker's, the staff is highly trained for every type of foreseeable complication, doing mock emergency scenarios monthly and preparing for each birth as if it were high-risk (though the center only accepts low-risk women).
But the increased acceptance of c-sections is also part of our cultural conditioning, says Walker. "We're used to somebody else fixing our body, being told things like, 'Your baby is too big, you should just have surgery,'" she says.
For Walker, too, childbirth is more than a physiological process; it has the potential to be a life-changing experience that can empower women and lead to an increased responsibility for our bodies and our children.
"If a woman is low-risk, I think she ought to have the option to do whatever she wants, whether it's walk around or eat or sit in a tub of warm water or have her loved ones with her - to not feel afraid," she says.
To that end, South Coast Midwifery offers a variety of services designed to allow the family the opportunity to "customize" their childbirth with options like aromatherapy, soothing music and hot tubs. "We're kind of like the wedding coordinator for the birth experience," says Walker, joking about the à la carte menu of birth options. One of her greatest pleasures, she says, is involving the father in the birth, sometimes allowing him to "catch" his own baby if things are progressing normally.
Media Professionals, 11 May 2009 [cached]
My email this week brought a beautiful, uplifting, happy treat. Lorri Walker, founder and director of South Coast Midwifery, forwarded a " modern account of today's natural childbirth."  Told by 10 mothers, the short film chronicles their journeys to challenge the conventional hospital birth model to give birth in their own way. Check out Natural Born Babies: A [...]
Socalbirth | Homebirth Midwives, 20 Aug 2014 [cached]
Lorri Walker, CNM, RNP
Orange County
Lorri Walker, CNP, CNM
Lorri Walker, the founder and director, is one of Southern California best known midwives. Lorri has created a warm, nurturing place for women and their families to come for personalized health care, support, empowerment, and social interaction with people of like mind.
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