Penny Lane DNP, CNM

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.

Dr. Lane graduated from the top nurse-midwifery university in the country, ahead of Yale, Vanderbilt, Columbia, and Emory.

Dr. Lane graduated from the top nurse-midwifery university in the country, ahead of Yale, Vanderbilt, Columbia, and Emory.

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

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.

Be Sociable, Share!

Client Testimonials

Check out our client testimonials & a picture gallery of their precious children!

Dr. Lane assisted in the birth of Paige and Parker, the older two, while working as a labor and delivery nurse at a local hospital. When mom returned to her physician for a preconception visit and inquired about having another baby, asking if Penny could be her nurse again, the physician shared that Penny had opened her own practice as a nurse-midwife and now attends homebirths exclusively. This particular couple had never considered homebirth and initially weren't entirely comfortable with the concept, but her MD encouraged her to talk to Penny about her options. After a few more conversations with both Penny and the physician, Dr. Lane was privileged to assist in the birth of Piper, born in her own home, in April of 2010.

This is a picture of Dr. Penny Lane when she was attending graduate school at the Frontier School of Nurse Midwifery and Family Nursing in 2003. While staying on campus in the Haggen Dorm, Penny slept in the Ina Mae Gaskin room. This was the drawing, a crowning baby, beside her bed. This room no longer exists in the dorm sadly.


Dr. Penny Lane has completed and obtained the Postpartum Support International Certification in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.


Dr. Penny Lane is an instructor of the American Academy of Pediatrics & American Heart Association's neonatal resuscitation course. Her doctoral program focuses on creating a similar course that addresses the unique needs of those caring for neonates outside the hospital environment.

Dr. Lane’s Blog

Subscribe & Never Miss a Post!
Food For Thought

Food for Thought

"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


Food for Thought

"Happiness is underrated and critically important to health. Seriously! Unfortunately, many people just have no idea how to be happy."

Aviva Romm

Food for Thought

"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

Food for Thought #1

"They say that time changes things. But you actually have to change them yourselves."

Andy Warhol

Food for Thought

"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

Food for Thought

"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

Food for Thought

"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

Food for Thought

"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."


Food for Thought

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

Anatole France

Food for Thought

"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.'"

Grimes (1986)

Food for Thought

"American physicians are rewarded for doing things to patients, not for keeping them well."

Grimes, 1986

Food for Thought

"The false idol of technology. 'Having a widget screwed into one's scalp has become an American birthright.'"

Grimes, 1986

Food for Thought

"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

Food for Thought

"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

Food for Thought

"If you play God, you will be blamed for natural disasters."

Marsden Wagner (2006)

Food for Thought

"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."

Anatole France

Food for Thought #3

"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)

Food for Thought #4

"Believe there is always, always, always a way. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't."

Thomas Edison

Food for Thought #5

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer

Food for Thought #2

"Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast."

Psalm 22:9