Betty Marlow Friedman was born in California. She graduated from high school, Rift Valley Academy, Kijabe Kenya in 1971 and went on to college at Dallas Baptist University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1975. She worked at Presbyterian hospital and then went on to work at Parkland Hospital in Labor & Delivery, in Dallas, Texas. She then went on to the University of Texas South Western Medical School to receive her certificate as a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health and graduated in 1980. Thereafter, she worked for Greater Dallas Family Planning Clinics until December 1980 at which time she moved to Harlingen. She has worked at Valley Women’s Clinic since January 1981. She is currently married to David Friedman.