Lauren Slak LM, CPM
My journey into midwifery started half way around the world, in the bustling city of Mombasa in coastal Kenya. I had the privilege of working with a visionary Swahili midwife who fought tirelessly for mother's rights to safe birth while attending deliveries in the clinic beneath her apartment. It was in that clinic that I learned what it was to be a midwife and realized I would never be happy doing anything else.
I graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with two bachelors degrees and went on to complete my training as a Licensed Midwife (LM) at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in San Diego. I have attended both home births and birth center births, seen hundreds of babies take their first breaths, and witnessed the beautiful transformation that takes place when a woman becomes a mother (whether its for the first time or tenth time).
I believe that helping women bring their children into the world with love and tenderness is a critical component of making the world a more loving and tender place. “Birth, after all, isn’t just about making babies, but also about making strong, capable mothers who believe in their own inner strength” – (Barbara Katz Rothman).