Lauren was born and raised in Colorado and has always called the Denver Metro area home. Her family has been in the state for over 100 years and she has put down her roots in Commerce City over the past few years. Lauren’s previous role was as a labor and delivery nurse at Avista Adventist Hospital, where she fell in love with serving her community in labor, birth, and postpartum. She has been pursuing a career in midwifery since 2012 and is elated to be able to serve the families of Thornton, CO.
What makes Colorado home to you?
My mother’s family has been in Colorado for over 100 years. Colorado is, and always will be, home. This community raised me and I grew up alongside many families that are still here. I met my husband at our local high school not far from Season’s. I learned to drive Northglenn, became a nurse in Greeley, worked as an RN in Louisville, and now I’m back to serve my community as a midwife in Thornton. Everything about Colorado, from the snow, to the people, to the air, to the mountains, is home.
What are your passions outside of work?
I spend a great deal of my free time with my family. We have two wild German Shepherds that take a lot of our time too. I also love to listen to podcasts and cook when I have the time.
Why did you become a Midwife?
When I was in high school, I shadowed a midwife at a local hospital. All it took was one birth. Since then, the fundamentals of midwifery have woven themselves into every part of my identity and life. I love being able to provide whole person care to my patients and pass the power dynamic back to them during their care. The best way to describe why I became a midwife is through a quote by Jan Tritten: “Becoming a midwife isn’t just choosing a profession. It is answering a calling that has chosen you and will be you.”
What in your career are you most proud?
I am most proud of the way I connect with patients and hold space for them. I love what I do and I believe it comes across in the care I provide. I am humbled to be a part of each person’s journey.
What is the most important part of your job?
Reminding women and patients of their own power. I love walking alongside patients in their healthcare journeys to help them make the best decisions for themselves and their families. I value building relationships with my patients and meeting them where they are in their own health needs.