Lauren Schowe CPM, RM ~ Littleton, Colorado  303-440-1310 ~ originsmidwifery@gmail.com

When I was younger, one of my dreams regarding the future was that of being a rural doctor, going into native and hard-to-reach communities to offer health care and support. However, when I was a senior in high school, I went on a week-long Yosemite Institute trip where we trekked and snow-shoed, solo-walked and camped out in the snow under the mighty giants rooted next to us and the canopy of astral lights overhead. Our leader was a young woman who knew everything and then some about the flora, fauna and geology of the wondrous place in which we found ourselves. One night she shared that she was a midwife who assisted women and families giving birth at home. I had never heard of a midwife or of the option of homebirth at the time, and I was more than intrigued. A seed was planted that night which would begin to sprout roots in the years to come, as the idea met my desires for the kind of “health care” I wished to one day provide, as well as the way I myself would want to bring a new life into this world.

Baby Maya

In 1997, during my senior year of college at Tufts University, where one of my concentrations was Community Health, I started interning with a nurse-midwifery practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. I fell in love with birth and accompanying those women and their families through childbirth. Post-college would see me thick in environmental and human rights campaign work at home and in South America, following other passions, but in 2002, I could ignore the itch no longer, and I decided to start studying midwifery through Ancient Art Midwifery Institute’s Advanced Midwifery Studies. I was simultaneously invited to apprentice with an indigenous midwife in Ecuador out in the Andean countryside, where I had been living, and did that during my first year of study. In 2003, I moved to Argentina where I worked in both public hospitals and in a home birth practice. After many wonderful and challenging experiences in Argentina, including living on a biodynamic farm and doing hospice work, in addition to the birth work, in 2005 I decided I would acquire a midwifery license in the US and therefore moved back to California, my birthplace, to do so.

My first preceptor, Marina, in Ecuador

My first preceptor, Marina, in Ecuador

At the same time, I also became certified as a Waldorf teacher (or midwife of youth through the thresholds of childhood) spent the next four years teaching as well as attending births in San Diego and then Orange Counties, mostly at home, but also in a local free-standing birth center. While these two paths of Waldorf teaching and midwifery resonate one with the other quite nicely, they are nearly impossible to do at the same time, and so in June of 2010, I decided to dedicate myself once again 100% to midwifery, while keeping ties with teaching and the schools. Likewise, my study of child development and the related holistically-based Anthroposophical medicine has greatly influenced my midwifery work. In 2010, I moved to Boulder, CO where I established my current practice with so many lovely families. I have since became a certified Lifeways “edu-carer”, a eurythmist and delved into women’s herbal medicine studies.

Heartbeats

My experiences, gathered from a diversity of women, families, cultures, socio-economic status and geographies, have taught me that “babies do get born” as the old saying claims, especially when the mother and her family feel safe, secure, unobserved and empowered, and the birth process is allowed to naturally unfold. My modus operandi has been to learn and know as much as I can so as to be able to discern, mostly, when not to intervene in the birth process, and on rare occasion when I do need to intervene to help the process along or refer for more specialized care. The goal, of course, is healthy babies and healthy, happy families, and I have been so lucky to witness the genesis of many such families.

I am thrilled to be serving the Colorado childbearing community.

Midwife and Mama in Labor

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