WINSTON-SALEM — Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Lewis Lipscomb has felt called to make some substantial changes in how he practices medicine since his conversion to Catholicism in 2004.
Armed with his newfound faith, Lipscomb sought to practice medicine according to the Church's comprehensive understanding of human sexuality, including "Humanae Vitae," Pope Paul VI's encyclical affirming the Church's teaching on marital love, contraception and sterilization.
Following medical training from the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Neb., Lipscomb stopped prescribing artificial birth control last year, and now he's taking it a step further this month by starting his own "pro-life" practice in Winston-Salem, specializing in Natural Family Planning for his patients.
"Since I converted to Catholicism in 2004, I have struggled with the Church's teaching on contraception and sterilization," Lipscomb said. "'Safe sex' in our culture is defined as 'contracepted' and 'covered up.' As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I was called on every day to provide effective means for women to avoid pregnancy.
"Over the past several years, I began to seek out the truth about human sexuality, and found that our own Catholic Church was really the only entity willing to articulate these truths."
His new practice, Triad Obstetrics & Gynecology, is a Novant Medical Group practice with a staff of four – and one of the only pro-life OB-GYN practices in North Carolina.
His patients appreciate his Catholic approach to women's health.
"To practice NFP is to follow God's loving design for marriage and to live in communion with the doctrine laid out by our Holy Mother Church," said Leslie Smith. "Having practiced NFP for over 10 years, I feel so blessed now to have an OB-GYN who understands charting. There is no longer a 'language barrier.' I look forward to walking into Dr. Lipscomb's new practice and not encountering advertisements for contraceptives, morning-after pills and sterilizations."
Katie Knickrehm, another of Lipscomb's patients, shared her excitement about the new practice:
"The Triad is extremely fortunate to have a pro-life OB-GYN practice that supports Natural Family Planning. Catholics practicing their faith now have somewhere to turn in their own backyard. Personally, NFP has strengthened my own faith and marriage. It is such a blessing that Dr. Lipscomb has made himself available to the pro-life community."
Lipscomb admits this is a big step and a leap of faith for him and his family, but he is confident about his new practice.
"My objective now is to offer a non-contraceptive approach to women's health. The tendency of most OB-GYNs is to use contraceptives to treat just about any problem that women suffer. Unfortunately, this approach only masks the symptoms of underlying disease. Women deserve better.
"Using the skills that I learned at the Pope Paul VI Institute, I will, as an NFP Medical Consultant, offer true diagnosis of underlying organic and hormonal abnormalities, and treatments that work cooperatively with a woman's physiology to truly treat her disease, rather than mask the symptoms," he added.
Father Lucas Rossi, parochial vicar at St. Leo Church in Winston-Salem, is proud of Lipscomb's stance.
"Dr. Lipscomb is truly committed to helping women...to giving them the care that so many physicians do not provide – care that reverences a woman's fertility instead of treating it as disease," Father Rossi said. "He is an inspiration to all Catholic men, especially to us priests, who have given our lives to serve the Church. I am so thankful that there is a physician who can provide women with sound medical care while at the same time offering them other fertility options that are not sinful or contraceptive in nature. I pray many more physicians and nurses, Catholic and non-Catholic, will be inspired by Dr. Lipscomb's witness. He is going to need help, since countless women are looking for a physician who is grounded in the Gospel of Life."
Triad Obstetrics & Gynecology is located at 1900 Hawthorne Road, Suite 614, in Winston-Salem. For details, call 336-277-0340.
— SueAnn Howell, staff writer
Dr. Kamila Valenta: Cuba, other post-Communist countries need evangelizationThanks to the hard work of diplomats, politicians, and the Catholic Church, the relationship between the United States and Cuba has recently warmed up and the two countries established diplomatic relations for the first time in 54 years. After...
The Poor Clares: Reflections on the Year for Consecrated Life: Ora et labora: Active, contemplative vocationsIf you search a list of Catholic religious orders, institutes and congregations, you will likely be amazed at the number of charisms present in consecrated life. That is a reflection of the multifaceted beauty of our Church and the inexhaustible...
Fred Gallagher: Grieving as a CatholicIn my professional life I have written on grief and the grieving process. A few months ago my younger brother lost his wife tragically. I see his grief circulating through him daily and I am amazed at his fortitude and his faith in the face...
Deacon James H. Toner: What we know that ain't so: Happy homiliesWhat we think is the right road The goal of a homily is to entertain people, it should be brief, and it should be free from annoying or unsettling content. The best homilies today feature humor, props and ploys to ensure that people pay attention....
Denise Bossert: Our faith is a beautiful treasureMy friend attended a class on life after a divorce. She is Catholic, someone who loves the faith and simply wants to heal and be whole for Christ and His Church. She lives in fidelity to the faith she has received. Her counselor suggested that...
Matthew Newsome: Praying with both lungsThe sight of people carrying tasselled prayer ropes may be common in Eastern monasteries, but it is decidedly less so in the southern Appalachian mountains. So when my pastor and I were comparing our chotkis after Mass one recent Sunday, it's...
Deacon James H. Toner: What we know that ain't so: LeadershipWhat we think is the right road A good leader knows what he or she is about; a good leader organizes, trains, motivates, supervises and ensures success. A good leader does all these things – while pointing to the latest management guidebook...
LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
Homilies should be interesting, funny and shortI want to compliment the fine column by Deacon James Toner in the Aug. 14 Catholic News Herald, "Happy homilies." I don't think I have seen a better one than that in years. Read the column by...
The Fatima Secret: Persecution of the ChurchRecently we have all been stunned by the increasing persecutions of the Church throughout the world: thousands of Christians either killed or made homeless, the legalistic attacks on Judeo-Christian...
Grateful for your support of retired religiousOn behalf of more than 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious, please accept my prayerful thanks for your diocese's...
FROM THE PASTORS
Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Roger Arnsparger at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Jason Christian at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. Matthew Kauth at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Christopher Riehl's archive from St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe. Listen to homily podcasts.
- Fr. Joshua Voitus at St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in Sylva, including homilies in Spanish
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Gospel reflection videos from St. Matthew Church
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen and watch homilies from St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy