Believe Midwifery Services, LLC was founded in 2007 by Dr. Penny Lane CNM. She is licensed, certified, and even awarded for her practice as a Certified Nurse-Midwife in the state of Indiana.
Dr. Lane has been attending births since 1997 within private homes, birth centers, remote hospitals and large tertiary centers. This unique combination allowed Dr. Lane to recognize the need for a highly-trained homebirth attendant in her community. Not only did families require a professional that appreciated the physiologic process of birth, but one that could offer a high level of clinical skill and a collaborative relationship with the medical community. Dr. Lane is a genuine advocate for individual families and their personal choices. She stands on the evidence and is not guided by fear-based medicine.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Dr. Lane holds a doctorate degree in nursing practice (DNP) from the Frontier Nursing University. This is a clinical doctorate, and her doctoral work focused on improving outcomes of home and birth-center births.
Dr. Lane’s capstone project is titled, Neonatal Resuscitation Training for the Home Birth and Birth Center Attendant: A Proposal for Improving Neonatal Outcomes. Her certification in nurse-midwifery is from the Frontier Nursing school and Dr. Lane has undergraduate degrees in Maternal & Child Health and Lactation Consulting from the Union Institute and University.
Functional medicine is a philosophy of care in which the body is appreciated as an entity that works towards healing. This is in-line with the midwifery-model-of-care, but extended to chronic health care conditions, such as infertility, anxiety, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, menopausal challenges, thyroid and adrenal conditions, chronic pain and diabetes. Dr. Lane is currently enrolled in the Institute for Functional Medicine’s certification program and currently offers consultations in the office, as well as membership programs.
Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Complementary and alternative healthcare is a growing passion of Dr. Lane’s. As a student herbalist and an essential oil enthusiast, Dr. Lane incorporates many diverse modalities into her treatment plans. She trained to provide Raindrop Technique, Applied Vitaflex and Emotional Release through the Center for Aromatherapy Research & Education, Inc (CARE). The Red Raspberry Boutique, in fact, evolved from the realization that her clients would benefit from carefully selected products combined in one place, each specific to the needs of women as recommended by their nurse-midwife.
Dr. Lane CNM is dedicated to improving maternal and child health, but is equally committed to women’s health issues throughout the lifespan. Her high standards for clinical care and respect for individualized healthcare is matched with her efforts to advance the profession via active participation in professional groups. Dr. Lane is a past member of the executive leadership team for the American College of Nurse-Midwives Indiana Affiliate and the past nurse-midwifery representative on the board of directors for the Coalition for Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana (CAPNI). She was invited to join the Home Birth Section of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 2013, as well as the ACNM Health Information Technology Section and the ACNM Full Scope of Practice workgroup. She is also a member of the legislative liaison team with the Indiana State Nursing Association (ISNA) and offers expert witness consultation in legal cases involving women’s health issues or midwifery.
While a nurse at Clarian Health, Dr. Lane received a number of awards due to the high number of patients who wrote in and praised her bedside care and expertise in their birthing and breastfeeding experience. She was honored to assist in the development of the hospital’s first birthing center and participate in a number of committees for that were either specific to quality improvement or implementing new and innovative programs. As Clarian hospital moved towards Magnet certification, Dr. Lane was interviewed in effort to profile her personality as a standard for future hiring of clinical staff.
As evidence of the tremendous growth and acceptance of homebirth in the community, Dr. Penny Lane CNM was privileged to be honored at the Salute to Nurses banquet as a 2009 Nurse of the Year finalist, sponsored by the Indianapolis Star. Finalists were chosen by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and Dr. Lane was additionally awarded the Advancement in Nursing Award, as well as, Believe Midwifery Services, LLC, for her work in establishing not only a safe option for homebirth clients but also for her ongoing efforts to increase the standards of care and create a safe infrastructure of collaboration with other healthcare providers. Dr. Lane has also received awards from the Indiana Perinatal Network for advocacy work within the field of maternal and child health, and as the chair of the Tri-County Breastfeeding Coalition, she was awarded Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition of the year.
Her More Personal Side
Dr. Lane is first, daughter of the King. She is also the mother of six, grandmother to one, and finally, midwife to many. Dr. Lane is a single mother so works hard to create balance. As a homeschool mother, this means days at home are precious and devoted entirely to the kids. As a business owner, this means committing only to that which inspires her and builds upon her mission. In effort to live what she preaches, she is learning how to better prioritize time for joy and peace. This may mean finding quiet space to read, research or write about her passions. It may be taking a motorcycle ride, hiking, swimming, or exploring a new place or cultural event. It nearly always means she’ll be surrounded by music and singing off key. Often it means she is enjoying time with friends. No matter what, she is always learning, challenging herself, and admittedly, challenging others.