Believe Midwifery Services, LLC seeks to empower women, their families and our community through various educational opportunities. Our practice additionally holds high regard for professional education and career advancement. We strive to stay current in practice so that our clients will have the most up-to-date resources and the highest level of care possible anywhere.

Childbirth Education

Our maternity program offers twenty-two hours of education specific to Optimizing your Pregnancy. This is the essence of our maternity program and available to all clients, whether experienced or new. Our midwives facilitate these gatherings and topics range from natural living to pregnancy and birth to neonatal care. There is no need for additional classes, as our goal is to well prepare each couple for a safe and satisfying child-bearing experience.

Our program is offered in the group setting, coordinated with prenatal care, so clients are able to create a support group of like-minded couples who offer a variety of experiences and diverse back-grounds.

newborn w stethoscopeNeonatal Resuscitation for Providers

Neonatal resuscitation workshops are currently offered by Dr. Penny Lane, CNM for those interested in better understanding the role of the midwife as the primary attendant for the neonate, including use of the T-piece resuscitator, intubation and emergency medication administration. Skills will be reviewed and mock codes with debriefing will be offered in birth center and homebirth-based scenarios within the midwifery model-of-care.

Dr. Penny Lane focused her doctoral project on improving the standards of care within the homebirth setting, specifically by improving neonatal outcomes by creating a neonatal resuscitation course specific to the homebirth and birth center environment. This course should be attended by every homebirth-based and birth center-based attendant. If interested in bringing this practice to your clinical site, email Dr. Lane to discuss options.

Midwifery Birth Assistant Workshop

The Midwifery Birth Assistant Workshop is another step towards increasing the standards of homebirth. Midwives are not simply present to boil water and catch babies, but rather require a higher skill set than even the hospital attendant as they haven’t the staffing resources of a larger facility. A fully trained midwifery team must be available, capable of managing an obstetrical emergency if one were to present. This course teaches attendants how to balance the art of homebirth midwifery with the science of managing obstetrical emergencies.

All midwifery assistants for Believe Midwifery Services, LLC are required to successfully complete both the Midwifery Assistant Workshop and our Neonatal Resuscitation Training program prior to being offered employment.

Essential Oils for Childbirth


Essential oils are a gentle and pleasant way to facilitate uterine contractions while reducing pain and anxiety during labor, and have healing properties for the postpartum couple.

If you attend mothers in labor, or are interested in learning how to introduce essential oils into your own childbearing experience, join our nurse-midwives, Dr. Penny Lane and Miss Kristina Michael, as they share their expertise in aromatherapy during pregnancy and childbirth.

Each attendant will receive a small keychain with eight sample drams of essential oils specific for the childbearing couple, and a laminated resource card to guide you.

Essential Oil of the Month

lavender oilDr. Penny Lane, CNM and Miss Kristina Michael, CNM facilitate this discussion, meeting each evenly dated month. A specific essential oil will be highlighted, and a thoroughly researched discussion will be offered exploring both traditional uses of the specific essential oil, and its current scientific understanding. Dates, specific topics and locations are announced on the events calendar.

If you are interested in opening a wholesale account with doTerra through our practice, please email us for more information. Those who are distributors are welcome to attend our essential oils classes free of charge and are gifted a resource book from the boutique. Distributors are also offered access to our private essential oil page full of an incredible amount of information updated regularly by Dr. Lane.

Herb of the Month

Herb bundleDr. Penny Lane, CNM and Miss Kristina Michael, CNM facilitate this group every month. A specific herb or herbalism technique will be shared, along with its history, traditional uses and current scientific understanding.

These workshops are an excellent way to become more familiar with botanical medicine. Have you always wanted to reach for a natural remedy, rather than an over-the-counter pharmaceutical or make another visit to the local physician? Join us as we explore these amazing plants, one step-at-a-time.

Dates, specific topics, and locations are announced on the events calendar. Recipes to create our demonstrated remedy will be provided, and a resource list for collecting supplies.

Functional Programs

Our practice offers a number of Functional & Integrative Medicine programs, each with a full curriculum of classes which are open to those program members. A small example of these classes include Healing the Thyroid, Understanding Iodine Management, Healing Cavities, Oil Pulling, Grocery Store Tour, Reading a Food Label, Exercise, Pure Water, Anxiety & Depression, Understanding Your Cycle, Enhancing Fertility, Embracing Menopause, Adrenal Fatigue, Leaky Gut, Sexual Dysfunction and so many more. These classes are further discussed with clients who are referred to these programs.

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