Karen Loughlin, Administrative Director & Founder
From an early age, Karen knew she had a calling to help others achieve health and wellness. She has a passion for learning about diet, lifestyle, natural remedies, and the childbearing process. Prior to opening Denver Center for Birth and Wellness, Karen spent 13 years working for Apple running operations for their education sales programs. She gained experience and lead teams in program management, online sales, eCommerce, staffing and training programs, risk mitigation, resale programs, and strategic program development. Despite having a fun, challenging, and successful career at an incredibly innovative company, something was missing.
The pieces began to come together when in 2012 Karen received prenatal care and gave birth to her first son at a birth center in Southern Oregon. As a client, she enjoyed long visits and a personal connection with her midwife. It was at this time that she reconnected with a philosophy of nutrition and exercise that brought her a new level of physical and mental clarity. After the beautiful birth and peaceful delivery of her son, she enjoyed over two days of care at the center where she was enveloped in a nurturing support model that continued well after her transition back home. Karen felt this was integral to setting the foundation for a healthy relationship with her son and his lifelong path and health, successful breastfeeding, her mental and physical well-being, and for their bond as a new family. The experience had a profound impact.
In 2013 Karen moved back to her hometown of Denver with the intent to attend school for Chinese Medicine. She wanted to expand her own family, and she began researching local birth options. She found that while Denver had a strong birth community that was supportive of out-of-hospital birth options, there was a huge opportunity to provide more varied choices. The path became clear. Working closely with consultants in the birth community, Karen decided to put her experience in operations to use to serve the families in the Denver area. She left her corporate job in May of 2015 to work full-time on her true labour of love, the Denver Center for Birth and Wellness LLC.
Karen is grateful for the opportunity to use her experience and talents in business operations, her passion for wellness, and her interpersonal skills to bring a unique birth center to families in the Denver area. Thank you for considering Denver Center for Birth and Wellness team as your partner on your birth journey and beyond!