Lauren Zielinski, CNM
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and although I no longer live there, my pride for the Lone Star State and cowboy boots is as real as ever. According to my mother, around the age of three, when she was pregnant with my brother, I was fascinated with pregnancy and “where babies come from.” No simple answer appeased me, forcing my mother to give me a full scientific explanation. From that point on, I seemed to be committed to a life of midwifery. “Delivering” my friends baby dolls on the playground in preschool soon lead to me devouring books about midwives in junior high and finally applying to a university with a nursing program, in order to follow my calling — becoming a nurse midwife.
I graduated with honors and a BSN in 2010 from Texas A M University, Corpus Christi. After college as a labor and delivery nurse I worked in a variety of settings, from small rural community hospitals to large urban university systems in Austin, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver. In 2017, completing a Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus in Midwifery from University of Colorado, Denver remains my proudest accomplishment yet.
I am passionate about providing care with a holistic mindset and am especially interested in how herbalism supports women in pregnancy. I love working in out-of-hospital birth, and feel honored to assist in the passage of new life earthside. My goal is always that my clients feel loved, acknowledged, and uplifted — by taking control of their own bodies, health, and births. I strongly believe in the importance of empowerment through education and patient-led care. I write a monthly women’s health column for a lifestyle blog and occasionally speak at or organize events focused on women’s health, fertility and sexual health empowerment. In my free time I rarely rest and love to cook, backpack, camp, hike, bike, play the cello, practice yoga as much as possible, canoe, XC ski, snowboard, travel, dance and spend time with my sweet partner Evan and my two half-siamese rescue cats, Krishna and Ellie. I am looking forward to meeting you and the connections we will make together on this amazing journey that is life.