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Lost a fine young midwife in Maryland

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that the Baltimore MD/DC area has
lost a wonderful woman and midwife.

Yesterday evening Lora Burgess was killed in a motorcycle accident on I-97 in
Baltimore.

Lora is the mother of 2 beautiful children, and on the cusp of attaining her CPM certification and beginning a solo midwifery practice. She has worked for a number of years as assistant to Evelyn Mulhahn, CNM in her home birth practice. At just 30 years old, she was the future of home birth in Maryland. She will be profoundly missed!

As more details about services & support for her family become available, I will post them.

Lorrie
post #2 of 19
That is so sad. I'm very sorry.
post #3 of 19
Such a tragic loss. I'm so sorry
post #4 of 19
How sad! Her poor family. Please keep us updated.
post #5 of 19
Sending my condolances to the family and the entire state!

Sigh!
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post #7 of 19
I am so very sorry to hear this.
post #8 of 19
Lora did a lot of my prenatals when I was pregnant with my now-2 year old dd and attended her birth. She was so awesome. She had her dd with her a couple of times when she came to my house for appointments, and it was so clear she was a loving, attached mama. I am so sad for Evelyn and Lora's family. : : : : :
post #9 of 19
Oh, Lord! How horrible! Her family is in our prayers.:
post #10 of 19
That's so awful.
post #11 of 19
I am so sorry. I can't even begin to imagine what that family must be going through.
post #12 of 19
What a tragedy. Her family will be in my prayers.
post #13 of 19
She was with me almost my whole labor with DS (17 hours!). She was amazing. She was going to be at the birth of my baby in November. I just saw her 2 weeks ago for a prenatal appt. and we heard the baby's heartbeat. I'm in shock.

My heart goes out to Evelyn and to her family.
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I used to live in Baltimore, and the MW who attended both my girls' births is currently in jail.
post #16 of 19

Lora, our best friend...

I attended the birth of Lora's first child. It was the first birth i ever went to. I hardly knew Lora then; she was my husband's good friend. But she invited both of us to be there and we became fast friends after that. I became a doula soon after and now my whole life is about birth through teaching, being present at births, working postpartum. Lora and I would talk all the time about birth as she was a doula for a long time and then as she started to become a midwife. She has supported so many women in the Baltimore area through their births. I am due in early October and she was going to be our doula. We are so sad. She was an amazing woman and will be missed intensely.
post #17 of 19
She attended my homebirth a month ago, it's a terrible loss to the whole birth community.
post #18 of 19

Lora Burgess

Lora was with Evelyn at the birth of my son, now almost 6 months old. I was looking forward to her being there for my next child. I saw her just last week. I loved how easy going she was. She greatly touched my heart. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 

notes on the memorial service

I just returned and it was a magnificent celebration of her life. As one speaker said "we are here to celebrate Lora and the water coming out of our eyes is just a cleansing for our spirits." At one point (it was such a moment Lora would have appreciated) the CD player wasn't working and they had been about to play Breaths by Honey in The Rock. And a friend of Lora's stood up and sang it so gorgeously a cappella right then and there. It was so much better that way! I learned things I didn't know like her passion for salsa dancing. The drumming meditations were amazing and the dancing both during the service and the salsa dancing at the reception just made you smile and know that Lora would have loved everything planned in her honor. The crowd was standing room only literally. I would say over 200 folks there. As someone said, community was so important to her and just look at what a grand community she created out of all of us. There are plans for a memory book for the kids so they are asking for letters with memories you might have and any pictures to be sent for this book. There is a fundraiser coming up May 18 that is a concert. They are also asking for donations of gift cards for grocery and Target to help take care of the kids immediate needs. I can send you an address if you PM me if there is any part of these ongoing plans for Lora's tribe to lift up her children and their family members.

Lorrie
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