Allen Birthing Center is fortunate to have an experienced and highly-educated staff—with four Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs), as well as talented and supportive birthing assistants, nurses, and caring administrative staff.
Our nurse-midwives have many years of experience and extensive graduate-level education ranging from Masters to Post-Masters degrees, and even a Doctorate Nurse Practitioner degree in midwifery.
In addition to midwifery skills related to pregnancy, birth and postpartum care, our practitioners have successfully completed graduate science courses in anatomy and physiology, reproductive endocrinology, embryology, growth and development, pharmacology, and nutrition—as well as lactation and breastfeeding support, childbirth education, and labor support.
We’ve also partnered with trusted healthcare providers to provide additional care with laboratory work, ultrasonography, dietician consultations, mental health professionals, and Bradley childbirth classes on-site.
We maintain a referral and supporting physician relationship with Dr. Lawrence S. Pierce at Baylor Medical Center in McKinney—where Amy Giles, CNM and Kristen Conroy, CNM also maintain hospital privileges. Allen Birthing Center was the first freestanding birth center to serve as a teaching facility for the Baylor University School of Midwifery.
Allen Birthing Center is licensed by the Texas Department of Health and holds membership in the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC).
What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)?
A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, who possesses evidence of certification according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). CNMs practice in accordance with the Standards of the Practice of Midwifery, as defined by the ACNM.
Nurse-midwifery practice as conducted by CNMs includes the independent management of women’s health care, focusing on common primary care issues, family planning and gynecological needs of women, pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and care of the newborn. CNMs practice within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management, or referral as indicated by the health status of the client.