I was delivered in my grandparents’ home in Chickasha, Oklahoma, by a strong and independent young mother who believed in the ability of a woman’s body to give birth naturally, as well as the importance of breastfeeding, even at a time when it was not socially acceptable. Her attitude influenced my beliefs and philosophies about childbirth and my decision to become involved in women’s healthcare. I have three children, including my daughter Anna who delivered my grandson at Allen Birthing Center in 2011.
Carol Bunker, CNM, MS holds an Associate Degree in Nursing from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. She practiced as a labor and delivery nurse for over 20 years before earning her Certificate in Nurse Midwifery from the Institute of Midwifery, Women and Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2003. She graduated in 2004 from Philadelphia University with a Master’s degree in Midwifery and practiced at Women’s Preventive Health Services in Oklahoma City before relocating to Texas in 2007 to practice full scope midwifery.
Carol has 30 years of experience in women’s healthcare and has been a part of the Allen Birthing Center team since 2011. Carol’s philosophy is a belief in the strength and ability of a woman’s body to give birth with minimal intervention, and in the importance of nurturing that child through breastfeeding.
I discovered midwifery as a viable option of care from my OB instructor in nursing school. She opened my eyes to the fact that not only was midwifery still being practiced in the United States, but that there was a goal to increase the number of midwives available to care for women. That awareness lit a fire in me that never died and culminated in my midwifery education.
I feel fortunate to be a part of the Allen Birthing Center family in this long-standing tradition of serving families during this special time of their lives. I enjoy caring for both new and repeat clients who seek this special kind of empowering, and often healing, birth experience.