Lauren grew up on the Florida coast. She moved to the Northwest to attend Reed College for her undergraduate degree in Psychology, and subsequently fell in love with Portland and the practice of midwifery. She attended Vanderbilt University in Tennessee for her master's degree in nurse-midwifery. While at Vanderbilt, Lauren won the American College of Nurse Midwives Foundation Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an outstanding midwifery student.
Lauren loves midwifery because it allows her to help women understand the changes they undergo during very important times in their lives. She enjoys being a resource of information and experience, and hopes for all her patients to feel empowered enough to decide which path is right for them. Lauren supports women and families during labor and childbirth in both the hospital and at WHA's Midwifery Birth Center:
"In a birth center practice, women and their families are engaged in decision-making and planning for their births to a degree rarely offered in the hospital. They take on a certain level of responsibility, and with that comes an enormous reward of feeling like they really own their birth. With the medical expertise of the midwife, and the personal expertise of the family, a transformative experience becomes possible for everyone involved in a peaceful, beautiful, safe place for birthing where families can expect to be the center of attention."
Lauren's interests also include working with teens, with a focus on family planning and healthy choices, and working with underserved populations. She has volunteered internationally with Doctors Without Borders as well as locally with the Opening Doors and Project Network programs.
Lauren is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two young daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, music, traveling, and loves the outdoors.
Read articles in our Wellness Journal written by Lauren.