“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goether
Believe Midwifery Services, LLC
offers integrative and functional midwifery care to women throughout their lifetime for all their healthcare needs.
Dr. Penny Lane CNM is a leading expert in creating homebirth standards with nearly two decades of experience caring for childbearing women. She also specializes in thyroid management, anxiety and depression, and infertility from a functional perspective. We are happy to serve you either as your primary care provider or to offer a functional perspective for your chronic disease.
"It is much more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has."
Sir William Osler
"Happiness is underrated and critically important to health. Seriously! Unfortunately, many people just have no idea how to be happy."
"Physicians simply do not have time to be what patients want them to be: open-minded, knowledgeable teachers and caregivers who can hear and understand their needs."
Snyderman and Weil
"They say that time changes things. But you actually have to change them yourselves."
"To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking."
Johann Wolfgang von Goether
"Birth isn’t about avoiding one set of realities in favor of another. It’s about embracing all facets of birth--contradictory, messy, or unpleasant as some might be--as vital to the whole."
Rixa Freeze PhD
"Why I appreciate being a certified nurse-midwife, as opposed to choosing another route for midwifery: I feel learning the science is vital so the art of midwifery is safe and effective."
Dr. Penny Lane, nurse-midwife
"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
"Science and uncertainty are inseparable companions. Beware of those who are very certain about things. There are no absolute truths in biological sciences - only hypotheses... 'We need to train medical students and residents more in the art of uncertainty and less in the spirit that everything can be known or that it even needs to be known.'"
"American physicians are rewarded for doing things to patients, not for keeping them well."
"The false idol of technology. 'Having a widget screwed into one's scalp has become an American birthright.'"
"Between 1985 and 1987, a hospital instituted a successful program to reduce its cesarean rate. The rate fell from 18% to 12%, losing the hospital $1 million in revenues - no small sum in those days."
Goer & Romano, 2012, p 37
"Obstetricians are much more likely to perform a cesarean when they wrongly believe the baby weighs 4000 g or more based on sonographic estimates than when the baby actually weighs this much but the obstetrician did not suspect it."
Goer & Romaro, 2012, p 35
"If you play God, you will be blamed for natural disasters."
Marsden Wagner (2006)
"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't."
"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth also is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers, who trust themselves and know their inner strength."
Barbara Katz Rothman PhD (1996)
"Believe there is always, always, always a way. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't."
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
"Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast."