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Certified Nurse Midwives & Homebirth Midwife

Certified Nurse Midwives & Homebirth Midwife Information

At Believe Midwifery Services, LLC we nurture authentic relationships with our clients while utilizing the best practices in women’s health care based on current evidence-based research. Our aim is to provide women compassionate and respectful support concerning their choices for the safest, healthiest and most satisfying experiences during their childbearing years and beyond.

primary care & functional medicine doctor

Primary Care & Functional Medicine Doctor

Primary Care

Certified nurse midwives are providers of primary health care for women and newborns. Care by certified nurse midwives incorporates all of the essential factors of primary care and case management that include evaluation, assessment, treatment and referral as appropriate. We have a growing practice as more and more women recognize the benefits of utilizing certified nurse midwives for all their healthcare needs throughout their entire life-cycle.

Certified Nurse Midwives & Home Birth

Certified Nurse Midwives & Home Birth

Maternity Care

Homebirth is safe for mom and safe for baby. It is a commitment however, that needs to be well considered. Believe Midwifery Services, LLC has been offering homebirth to Central and Northern Indiana families since 2007. We have had the honor of assisting hundreds of homebirth families in welcoming their precious newborns specifically within the home, and several thousands when combined with birthing center and hospital attended births prior to 2007.

Informational Sessions

We offer one-hour, group informational sessions each week as an opportunity for potential clients to meet with Dr. Penny Lane and discern if our practice would be a good fit for your maternity and/or health-care needs. We encourage you to bring your spouse so that s/he can gain information needed to support you in your decision.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

The ideal birthplace for the VBAC mother, especially if she feels that the initial cesarean was unnecessary, may be in the home. Approximately one in every nine clients having homebirths with Believe Midwifery Service, LLC has previously had a cesarean section. Approximately 15% of our births are VBAC women with only three choosing to transfer, none for indications encouraged by the certified nurse midwives team. Two of three birthed vaginally within minutes of arrival to the hospital. The third transferred into unfriendly territory and was only offered a repeat cesarean. Two of our largest babies were born to a VBAC mother who suffered a previous cesarean for a smaller sibling (eleven pounds, eleven ounces and ten pounds, fifteen ounces).

Homebirth Midwife & Water Birth

Homebirth Midwife & Water Birth

Water birth

Laboring in water has many known benefits, the greatest of which may be its promotion of relaxation and effective pain management, minimizing the need for medical intervention. Believe Midwifery Services, LLC has five spas, as pictured to the left, where most couples labor, and many choose to birth.

Breech & Twins

Dr. Penny Lane, CNM, IBCLC of Believe Midwifery Services, LLC has acquired a level of experience and expertise beyond the norm for today’s modern obstetrical practitioner. If a couple finds themselves facing a persistent breech presentation, they will not be rail-roaded into a surgical birth but rather offered options specific to their individual circumstance.

Certified Nurse Midwives & Homebirth

Certified Nurse Midwives & Homebirth

Lactation Services

Dr. Penny Lane, CNM, IBCLC is a board certified lactation consultant with an undergraduate degree in maternal/child health: lactation consulting. She has nearly twenty years of experience working with lactating mothers. Her assistants are also trained in assisting mothers in succeeding in their breastfeeding experience.

Child & Homebirth Education

Believe Midwifery Services, LLC recognizes that while labor, birth and breastfeeding are natural, physiologic events – they certainly require preparation in today’s day and age. Our maternity program offers extensive education and not only do families gain great insight about our practice philosophy, they build their social network as they get to know other like-minded families within the group.

Complementary & Alternative Medicine (Functional Medicine)

Educating in essential oils and herbal medicine and incorporating the use of each into clinical treatments is incredibly rewarding.

Empowering families to participate in their health, to value their body, and to work to prevent illness is a core principle of complementary and alternative medicine (functional medicine).

Dr. Lane is currently enrolled in Aviva Romm’s women’s health herbal course, working towards certification as an herbalist. They each enjoy implementing the use of essential oils into her treatment plans.

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."

Socrates

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