“The greatest compliment I receive as a midwife is when a woman tells me she achieved something she didn’t think she capable of.”
Dr. Lauren Olvera, CNM, DNP joined the Allen Birthing Center practice in early 2017, and now serves as Clinical Director of the expanded Allen Midwifery & Family Wellness.
“I discovered my love of caring for women while working as a labor & delivery nurse. I experienced midwifery care for the first time during my 3rd and 4th pregnancies, which inspired my desire to pursue graduate midwifery education myself. Being a ‘doctor midwife’ is the culmination of my life’s work, and I enjoy holistically caring for women during pregnancy and across the lifespan.”
Dr. Lauren is a Dallas native, and lives in North Texas with her husband and 4 children. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Baylor University and practiced as a labor and delivery nurse for several years before returning to Baylor to complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Nurse-Midwifery. After completing her midwifery education, she practiced as a CNM in the hospital environment with a large, high-volume OB/GYN group. In addition to clinical practice, Lauren is a member of the DNP nurse-midwifery faculty at Baylor University, and serves on various national committees of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
“Oftentimes, a provider’s most challenging task is knowing when not to intervene, but to simply be patient and hold space for normal birth.”
As a component of her DNP degree completion, Lauren designed and implemented a quality improvement project aimed at improving communication and collaboration among birth center, EMS, and hospital staff during emergent birth center transfers.
While Dr. Lauren dreams of seeing complete integration across birth settings within the maternity care system, above all, she wants women to realize that they have choices in birth.
“For far too long women have been forced to settle with simply ‘surviving’ labor and birth. A ‘healthy mom and baby’ should be the expected minimum, not the end-all. Midwives know that women deserve more than that. Women are strong and capable, and midwives help women discover this for themselves.”