Mary Lawlor, CPM, LM, has been in homebirth practice in southern New England since 1981, and opened the Monadnock Birth Center in NH in 2008. She is a passionate advocate for midwives and for women’s access to the care of midwives, and a national leader in shaping the public policy agenda for the NACPM in support of these goals. She participated in the successful initiative to license CPMs in Vermont and New Hampshire in 2000, and has served as an Adviser to the VT Office of Professional Regulation since 2002, helping to oversee the practice of midwifery in the state. In 2000 she became a founder of the NACPM and served as President from 2002 until 2012, before becoming the executive director in 2012. She serves as national midwifery policy advisor to NACPM, including advocating to the U.S. Congress and federal agencies for increased access for women across the country to Certified Professional Midwife services and high-quality, high-value maternity care.
Kirsten Archibald, MBA, traveled the world in her youth and witnessed first hand what natural birthing and infant care looks like in many different countries. While both of her own births were hospital-based, she received excellent and very compassionate care from midwives during her second pregnancy with a high-risk baby. Kirsten brings her background in business and non-profit administration as well as a deep sense of gratitude to the work to support the Executive Director and the Board.
Chapter Program Manager
Susan Smartt Cook, CPM is a practicing midwife and certified Nia dance instructor in Edmond, OK. She trained as a midwife with family practice physicians and midwives in Chicago, IL from 2007-2010, and spent her first year of midwifery practice among the Amish in rural Wisconsin. She began her work with NACPM as Administrative Assistant and CPM Symposium Coordinator in 2011 and 2012. After transitioning away from administrative work to focus on building her solo midwifery practice in Oklahoma, she was thrilled to learn of a new opportunity to support the work of NACPM as Chapter Program Manager. Susan stepped into this role in the Spring of 2015.