Lauren Zielinski, CNM
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where I was introduced to the ideas of holistic and alternative medicine, and was surrounded by and exposed to the many cultures and religions that make the DFW metroplex so unique. According to my mother, while 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 at a young age. 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 from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi in 2010. 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. During my midwifery studies I was fortunate to complete month-long clinical rotations in Quito, Ecuador and Kathmandu, Nepal. I deeply cherish travel (both professionally and personally) and learning about reproductive and community health through a global and international lens.
I am passionate about providing care with a holistic mindset and am especially interested in how herbalism may support healthy pregnancies. I am currently studying herbalism in the field of pregnancy and reproductive health. I love working in community birth, and feel honored to assist in the passage of new life earth-side in a peaceful setting. My goal is always that my clients feel loved, acknowledged, and uplifted — by taking control of their own bodies, health, and births. I love building connections with clients, making people laugh and feel at ease in this journey and in their relationship to healthcare. I strongly believe in the importance of empowerment through education and patient-led care.
In my free time I serve as a contributing editor, writing a wellness and sexual health column for a lifestyle blog. I also occasionally speak at or organize events focused on wellness, reproductive health, and fertility. I have practiced yoga for 16 years, and in 2020 I completed a 200 hour certification for yoga teacher training with the intention of teaching pregnancy-focused classes at Dar a Luz in the future. In our free time, you will find my husband Evan and me in the mountains or on the river, with our puppy Mila barking at our side. We also have two cool cats named Eleanor and Krishna who accompany us everywhere we go at home. I am looking forward to meeting each of you and the connections we will make together on this amazing journey that is life.