Recognizing the nurse-midwife and physiologic birth as the safest combination for mothers and babies, Believe Midwifery Services, LLC was founded with the vision of increasing the standards of homebirth and to work towards creating community recognition of homebirth attendants as credible, intelligent and professional clinicians within our Central Indiana community. This vision is complex in that it requires not only respectful and compassionate care to each individual family, but a high level of clinical competency while also establishing and nurturing professional relationships throughout the medical, social, and political community.
The nurse-midwifery team of Believe Midwifery Services, LLC offers an integrative approach to practice – one that is based on the scientific principles of Western medicine and incorporates not only the client’s own beliefs and customs but also ancient healthcare practices and remedies still new to Western medicine.
We like to think we excel in both the art and science of midwifery. Our statistics demonstrate a very hands off approach. Our perseverance in facing the adversity and sometimes pure hostility surrounding homebirth is proof of our passion. Our commitment to professional education and innovative approach to homebirth is evidence of our strong understanding of science.
More recently Dr. Lane has introduced a functional medicine mindset within her primary care consultations, which she has coined, “functional midwifery.” This mindset is quite complementary to the midwifery model, in that functional medicine strives to optimize the body’s health by addressing the underlying causes of disease. This model depends on a therapeutic relationship between the clinician and the client and respects the body’s innate ability to optimize its health, both of which have always been at the heart of midwifery.
Our practice embraces true collaboration in that we work to build relationships in a respectful, compassionate and professional manner. We utilize resources throughout the healthcare infrastructure, yet are independent practitioners. This allows our practice to welcome the wisdom and expertise of many and offer the plethora of resources available throughout the medical community, but extend the freedom to our clients to make their own individual decisions.
Dr. Lane meets regularly with practitioners in a wide range of disciplines so she is up-to-date with whom is available to meet the unique needs of her clientele when those needs extend beyond the expertise of her own staff. Dr. Lane has also had a long relationship with the IU Healthcare system, having worked at both the IU Med Center and Methodist for nearly a decade, and having completed her midwifery residency in the Labor and Delivery unit at Methodist. These practitioners have been very supportive of our efforts.
Meet The Team
Believe Midwifery Services, LLC is owned and operated by nurse-midwife, Dr. Penny Lane. She has twenty (20) years of nursing experience, with essentially all of that time attending births in the home, birth centers, in remote hospitals and in large, tertiary centers. Dr. Lane manages all client care in the clinic and attends all births as the primary midwife.
Beyond birth, Dr. Lane offers full scope primary care for women with a functional medicine mindset. She addresses chronic health issues, including infertility, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, adrenal fatigue, anxiety and depression, leaky gut, menopause, thyroid conditions, and sexual dysfunction. Acute issues can also be addressed in simple problem visits, including sinusitis, simple wounds, skin rashes, and abdominal upset. The practice’s amazing support team assists the Dr. Lane in coordinating these services, all under the direction of Kristin Haus, our clinic coordinator.
As part of our commitment to providing high clinical competency, the Believe Midwifery team prioritizes the importance of an appropriately staffed team. Clinic visits and classes are a group effort with office support and coordination by the support team. The standard of care for homebirth as defined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is to have a minimum of two attendants at each birth. Believe Midwifery Services, LLC strives for three medical professionals with nurse-midwife, Dr. Lane, as the primary attendant. In an obstetrical or neonatal emergency, three trained staff are optimal to stabilize either a mother or her baby. Depending on an ambulance team to provide emergency care negates the reason parents hire midwives to manage the “what if” scenarios. Each midwifery team member, whether nurse, emergency technician, or medical assistant is trained in provider level cardiopulmonary resuscitation, obstetrical emergencies, and neonatal resuscitation through intubation and administration of emergency medications.
Dr. Penny Lane, nurse-midwife, is the creator of each of our healthcare programs and is passionate about offering information that will assist each attendee to become their own expert. Our maternity and functional medicine programs are evidence-based and taught with the intent to empower you to be a partner in optimizing your health.
We are often asked if our maternity clients should invest in another childbirth education program outside our practice, and while this certainly isn’t prohibited, it is not necessary. Other programs are developed for the majority of women who choose to birth in the hospital and often provide information that is not only irrelevant, but sometimes contradictory to our own education. Keep in mind, our program is designed entirely by Dr. Lane, who is an expert in her field, with nearly two decades of experience.
Believe Midwifery Students, LLC actively encourages involvement of professional students in the practice. This collaboration assists in bringing recognition both to the midwifery profession and our practice. These students may someday open the door for additional resources which our clients might greatly benefit and certainly can increase receptive collaboration within the healthcare infrastructure.
The privacy and rights of our clients however, are paramount and students are not permitted to infringe upon those rights. The client is always in control of interactions with students. It is the policy of our practice at this time that nursing students remain in the observational role or under direct supervision of a licensed nurse or midwife. At no time will they perform tasks or assessments independently.
Midwifery students are not currently incorporated into the practice as our midwife desires opportunity to manage all care of our clientele and build relationships accordingly. Certainly midwifery students are encouraged to consider a position with the practice as a midwifery assistant in which opportunities for learning midwifery are significant. We do welcome family nurse practitioner students.