Laurie Zoyiopoulos, CPM

lauries-picI first came to homebirth and midwifery care as a client. Patrice was our midwife for 2 of our 3 children and after the homebirth of our 3rd child (1987) I became interested in becoming a midwife, someday. This being such a daunting accomplishment and my children being so young, I quickly accepted Patrice’s invitation to train to do some postpartum care for her clients who lived up my way.

Three years and about 25 postpartum visits later, I began an apprenticeship with Patrice (1990) and became a certified midwife (through the Michigan Midwives Association) in 1996. There is also a national certification that the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) offer and in December of 2008 I became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through this organization. It took a lot of time, paperwork, studying, travel and money, but it was well worth it!!

I have my own practice in central Michigan, but still enjoy attending some births with Patrice, Barb, Amanda and Dorothy — clients appreciate having the same midwife team that they had with previous births and so most of my births with Full Circle are “repeat clients”.

My husband and I have 3 grown children (Rainbow, Jacob and Echo) and 3 grandchildren who were born into my hands, which was an amazing and rewarding honor!

Laurie and a new Dad diapering and dressing the baby after the newborn exam.

Laurie and a new Dad diapering and dressing the baby after the newborn exam.