Certified Nurse Midwife
In a former life, Lauren Olvera, DNP, CNM realized every little girl’s dream by dancing and touring internationally with Dallas Ballet Company. While she will always consider herself a ballerina at heart, her passion now focuses on helping other women navigate each season of their reproductive lives. One of the most gratifying aspects of her work as a midwife is facilitating physiologic birth. Olvera believes that oftentimes, a provider’s most difficult task is knowing when not to intervene, but to simply hold space for normal birth. “The greatest compliment I receive as a midwife is when a woman tells me that she achieved something she did not know she was capable of,” she said.
Olvera likes to frequently remind women that a midwife is an optimal choice for care across all seasons of life. “I enjoy holistically caring for women throughout pregnancy and beyond,” she adds. “Just because a woman has transitioned out of her childbearing years, doesn’t mean a midwife can’t provide the compassionate women’s health care every woman deserves.”
“I strive to help each woman achieve her optimal physical, mental and emotional health during every phase of her reproductive life. Each season of life has unique needs, and I love helping women embrace each one.”
Olvera received her bachelor of science in nursing degree and practiced as a labor and delivery nurse for six years prior to earning her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree in Nurse-Midwifery from Baylor University. During her career as a labor and delivery nurse, she observed that many of the women she cared for during labor could have benefitted from more individualized care and education throughout their pregnancies. She longed to be able to empower women and prepare them for birth, thereby improving their birth experiences and optimizing birth outcomes. Olvera was able to experience the individualized care midwifery has to offer during her third and fourth pregnancies, confirming her desire to pursue the path of becoming a midwife herself.
Now, the Texas-native, bilingual English/Spanish speaker is answering her calling by providing the best in midwifery care. “I am thrilled to be able to bring the compassionate, collaborative, evidence-based practice to women who choose to birth in the hospital environment,” she says. In addition to clinical practice, Olvera advocates for midwives and the women they care for by serving on various local, state, and national committees of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. “I hope to offer midwifery care to women to whom it may not have been previously accessible,” she explains.
When not counseling patients and catching babies, Olvera enjoys spending time adventuring with her husband and four children (three sons and one daughter). She and her husband met on the dance floor, and both still love to dance – salsa and swing – as often as they can.
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