Lauren, the 2nd of four children, was born in Massachusetts and grew up on Cape Cod. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1976, she moved to New York City and in 1979 married Rich Cardinali. In 1982 she gave birth to twins (Andrea and David). The family moved to Westchester in late 1983 and in 1986 she had another son, Raymond.
She became interested the fields of childbirth, labor support, and postpartum care while preparing for the challenging task of achieving her own vaginal delivery following a cesarean section.
For the past 25 years, Lauren has dedicated herself to helping mothers and families as they adjust to their new roles.