Dr. Lauren Olvera, CNM, DNP
Certified Nurse Midwife & Doctor of Nursing Practice
“As a nurse, I discovered my love of caring for women during pregnancy, labor, and birth. I experienced midwifery care for the first time during my third and fourth pregnancies, which inspired my desire to pursue graduate midwifery education myself. Being a CNM is the culmination of my life’s work, and I now enjoy holistically caring for women during pregnancy and throughout their life.
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. The greatest compliment I receive as a midwife is when a woman tells me she achieved something she didn’t think she was capable of.”
Lauren, a Dallas native and the oldest of 8 children herself, now lives in Melissa, TX, 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 for graduate school. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Nurse-Midwifery and practiced in the hospital environment with a large, high-volume OB/GYN group during her first year of practice. In addition to clinical practice, Lauren advocates for women and midwives by serving on various national committees of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
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. Midwifery combines Lauren’s years of research and clinical experience with a desire to empower women to make choices in their health and birth experience.