Laurice is the midwife and owner of The Midwives and Associates. She is happy to offer extraordinary women’s healthcare and a personalized birthing experience surrounding your family. Laurice is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine as a Registered Nurse, a 1995 post-graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey as a Certified Nurse Midwife, and earned her Masters in Midwifery at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. Aside from these degrees, Laurice has many certifications from courses in specific areas of women’s healthcare. Laurice has more than 30 years of labor and delivery experience and has worked with midwives from Germany, England and Australia as a Captain in the US Army Nurse Corp.
Here in the Lehigh Valley, Laurice was instrumental in the development of the high-risk perinatal unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital. She has cared for women in labor and delivery units, and birth center settings. Laurice is the owner and director of the private practice she started, The Midwives and Associates, Inc. Laurice is passionate about women having choices in their pregnancy and birth. Having experience in the hospital and birth centers, Laurice is proud to now offer home birth services.
Laurice speaks before women’s groups on many health care issues important to women. She believes educating women about their health and their choices is the key to a life of wellness. Laurice is married and has two grown children. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading and working in her flower garden.
My name is Chrissy Bordeau. I am currently a midwifery student. I am also the oldest of five children, three of which were born at home. As a young child this made such a huge impression on me that I would not realize until later in life. My earliest memories of the home births were one of normal, calm activity, except Mommy was upstairs having the baby, no big deal. Because birth was presented as just a normal function, I was never afraid or concerned by it. Breastfeeding was also a normal function of the mother. It was just simply what was done when you have a baby. This thus reflected onto me in my adult life.
I have worked in the medical field with mothers and babies for most of my adult life, taking a hiatus to raise my family. Upon returning to the work force, once my children were in school, I became disillusioned with the lack of education and support for new mothers and their families. Upon finding DONA (Doulas of North America) and reading their Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, I began working as a postpartum doula, certified birth doula and a Lamaze certified childbirth educator. However, I began to feel after each hospital birth, that I needed to do more. I grew weary of the limit to how much I could provide and protect the mothers that I served. It was after one traumatic hospital birth that I decided enough was enough; I HAD to take the leap. The following week I was signed up with a wonderful midwifery school. A great sense of calm and relief came over me. I could finally be the change that I felt was needed.
Working with Midwives and Associates, has been so rewarding and fulfilling. It is truly a blessing to be able to work with women who are of like mind with their lifelong whole hearted desire to educate, empower and protect the women we serve. To be able to provide simple, preventative measures that is not just for pregnancy and birth, but is truly a lifelong skill. It is truly humbling, to be invited into a family’s most intimate and life changing experience. To be able to be one of the guardians to help both mother and baby through is such an honor, a gift. I feel Ifound my passion! Working with babies and their Mothers has been the most rewarding experience! What greater gift can you have than...to LOVE what you do!