For over three decades, The Childbirth Center was one of New Jersey’s leading free-standing birth and women’s healthcare centers where thousands of women came for normal childbirth with a certified nurse-midwife and kept coming back for all of their care.[parallax-scroll id=”2057″]
The freestanding Childbirth Center closed in 2003 and Lonnie and her team embarked on a journey to find the right combination of facility and women’s healthcare providers to continue to deliver the respectful, highly personalized care of a midwife that made the center so sought after for many years. We did, and are still having our unmatched success attending amazing births with incredible families. As leaders in the field of normalized birth and midwifery models of care within the healthcare system, The Childbirth and Women’s Wellness Team is here to support you as you find the perfect balance for your birth experience.
For years “The Center” and it’s founder, Lonnie Morris have been a vocal proponents for women in Northern New Jersey.
Lonnie’s memorable personality and direct approach has made her a popular voice in the struggle to naturalize birth in organized medicine. She and her allies have had their share of challenges and sometimes stand-offs with organized medicine to stay true to their convictions and made great strides in changing the state laws empowering positive change for women.
As an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwifes, Lonnie Morris and her colleagues continue to provide an example for other midwives of how to create a respected practice working side-by-side with physicians.
She not only has dedicated her career to providing women attentive and quality healthcare but she has made a priority of mentoring those pursuing a career in the field of midwifery whenever possible. She employed gifted, passionate midwives starting their careers and has inspired professionals who now practice all over the country and beyond. She has offered her office as a teaching center for countless upcoming professionals and is now proud to call many of them colleagues and friends. Over the past four decades she has done her best to inspire them to get involved both within the profession and at the community level to share in the mission of naturalized childbirth.
As a past president of the NJ Affiliate of The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and an active voice in the women’s healthcare debate, Lonnie Morris remains firm in her commitment to speak up and make a difference.
They have invested countless hours working within the system to open doors and gain ground for women in the state of New Jersey and subsequently the US. Initiatives and referendums are not just fancy political jargon to many midwives, but active pursuits needed to reclaim a women’s right to a healthy, natural birth free of unwarranted medical intervention.
In recent years, Lonnie and her fellow ACNM members have lobbied, picketed, and done whatever was called for to advance the midwifery mission within the New Jersey State Legislature.
She and her colleagues have made great strides in changing attitudes within organized medicine toward birth, midwives and the rights of women. The following video segments were edited from a tribute video made by The American College of Nurse Midwives when Dr. Lonnie Morris was made a Fellow in this prestigious organization. To learn more about OUR STORY view the videos below.