Nurse-midwife, Dr. Penny Lane, is the owner and primary clinician at Believe Midwifery Services, LLC. Her support staff include the clinic coordinator, Kristin, and a midwifery assistant. Rachel is a direct entry midwife who works in the office assisting with the maternity program. We often have an administrative assistant and on occasion, a family nurse practitioner student.
Kristin Haus, Clinic Coordinator
Kristin Haus is our clinic coordinator for both the Carmel and Lafayette sites. She actually joined our team as the manager for the Red Raspberry Boutique, but quickly realized her passion for the clinical practice. It only took a few weeks to realize she was the perfect fit for coordinating the clinic.
Kristin attended the University of Indianapolis and graduated with a BA in English Literature. After graduation, Kristin spent ten years working in retail management, where she gained a plethora of experience in customer service. It wasn’t until Kristin began her journey to better health that she met Dr. Lane and discovered her passion for wellness and home birth.
Realizing her current job was negatively affecting her health, Kristin decided to leave her retail position and pursue other options. It was then that the brilliant idea of working with Dr. Lane came to mind. And the rest, of course, is history! Kristin could not be more excited to learn more about functional medicine and home birth, while also experiencing her own wellness journey. In fact, she is pursing a certificate in holistic nutrition as we speak!
In her free time, Kristin loves freelance photography, reading, blogging, crafting, and loves to travel. She is slightly obsessed with musicals (having seen more than 7 shows on Broadway!) and acapella music. She loves anything Jane Austen, Downton Abbey, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, and Call the Midwife (she’s been known to binge for a whole day on Netflix). She also likes to spend time dreaming up house projects for her handsome carpenter husband to build for her (as a result, her husband hates Pintrest)!
Skilled Midwife Nurse Assistant Team
The standard for any homebirth, as set by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, is to have a primary midwife and assistant at each birth. We strive to exceed this standard. Our commitment is safety, and it takes a team to effectively manage an obstetrical or neonatal emergency. It also takes a team to support moms who endure longer labors, so we can also offer a rested and alert support team. This does not mean we all hover over each laboring couple; we are experts at discerning the level of support needed by a mother, whether she prefers encouragement at a safe distance, or continued presence. However, our goal is to provide an effective and efficient birthing team.
Each of our midwife assistants have taken an intensive Midwifery Assistant course, are certified in Neonatal Resuscitation through intubation and emergency medication administration, basic life support, and S.T.A.B.L.E. This is unique to our practice since most home birth providers, including the midwife, completes only a portion of the training; therefore, depending on the ambulance service to perform a complete resuscitation. Unfortunately, this ignores the fact that when emergency management is required, such as to establish an airway in a newborn, the first responder is not trained in these advanced skills and can not arrive in sufficient time to extend these life saving skills.
Admittedly, this role is tough. It requires commitment to being on call, wearing a phone on your hip 24/7, dropping plans at the last minute and jetting to a birth in all weather conditions and no matter one’s plans. It also requires a supportive spouse, children who are flexible, dependable childcare and transportation, but does not guarantee consistent pay since births may not happen during the shifts assistants have committed within the month. This position does turn over staff regularly, similar to nurses within the hospital, because the role is demanding. Dr. Lane also has a number of non-negotiables for this team member, which you depend upon as our client. We invite and keep only the most qualified and professional staff to be part of our birth team. Even when we find the perfect assistant who feels this role perfectly suits her lifestyle, they often leave us because they become pregnant, birth with our practice, and then want to stay home with their baby.
Believe Midwifery Services, LLC is unique in its industry, in that it employes its staff rather than contracts them independently. This means that as the employer, we can demand a specific standard and we work and train as a team, rather than a group of individual experts.
The literature is clear that outcomes are worse when the medical team has not trained together in emergency scenarios. While expertise is essential, communication is paramount. Our practice requires regular attendance in staff training sessions in which we review emergency scenarios and challenge ourselves to improve not only our skills, but our teamwork. Believe Midwifery Services, LLC offers a midwifery team which has demonstrated improved outcomes, specifically neonatal outcomes.