Maternity Care

Home Birth is safe for mom and safe for baby. It is a commitment however, that needs to be well considered. Please explore our website thoroughly. We have provided a Question & Answer page that many clients have found extremely helpful, and a page that shares evidence concerning institutional birth verses birth within your own home.

Believe Midwifery Services, LLC has been offering homebirth services to Central and Northern Indiana families since 2007. Dr. Penny Lane, CNM, has been attending birthing families since 1997, having helped with more than 3,000 births. Her doctoral work focuses on improving neonatal outcomes in the home and birth center setting and she serves as a member of the ACNM Homebirth Section. Dr. Lane has sat for international certification as a lactation consultant twice and holds an undergraduate degree in lactation consulting. Maternity care and breastfeeding support is our specialty.

“The first intervention in natural childbirth is the one that a healthy woman does herself when she walks out the front door of her own home in labor. It is from that first intervention that all others follow.”  -Michael Rosenthal, OB/GYN

We believe our practice is especially unique in that we highly respect modern medicine, medical interventions used wisely, and we greatly appreciate our physician colleagues. In fact, we work hard to build these relationships. Many of our clients have benefited greatly by the advice and counsel of our physician associates, several having accomplished a successful homebirth because of their expert guidance. Others, when requiring more advanced medical attention than appropriate for our expertise or practice model, have been received with abundant compassion and respect, with which we could not be more grateful. It is the blend of modern medicine and ancient wisdom that we hope to offer.

Of course, we strive to encourage a healthy pregnancy and non-interventive birth, and our statistics demonstrate medical intervention as a rare necessity, but when required, it is our goal to integrate interventions appropriately or transition care with ease. It is sometimes our interventions that allow women to remain at home rather than be transferred. Our goal is to offer the same level of care, or higher, than a level one hospital.

We appreciate the fact that pregnancy and birth are designed to work, and our role is most often similar to that of a life-guard, sometimes even a cheerleader; however, we believe clients hire us for those rare opportunities in which emergency management is necessary. In those events, it is important to have an experienced clinician and a well-prepared plan of action. It is easy to claim the glory of beautiful births, but it is the more complicated scenarios that test the character and skill of a midwife.

“Excellent outcomes with much lower intervention rates are achieved at home births. This may be because the overuse of interventions in hospital births introduces risks or the home environment promotes problem-free labors.”   – Henci Goer

Another component that sets our practice apart is our discussion groups. Our Optimizing Pregnancy program is more like a membership, rather than the standard fee-for-service of conventional medicine. Each client is offered a minimum of eighteen hours of education with the midwifery team and fellowship with women of approximately the same stage of pregnancy as yourself. You can then determine which discussion group best meet your needs and build a program unique to you. Our clients have greatly enjoyed having the opportunity to meet other couples with similar mindset and learn so much they take notes within each group session.

Every woman is unique. There is more in her heart and mind than what could be possibly summarized in a medical chart or explained by mere statistics. This is why our goal prenatally is to develop a relationship and discern what is normal for your unique experience. When you join our practice, you bring a life of experiences and convictions that are all part of your story. These experiences help you determine what is best for your individual experience. We want to help you further develop these ideals and offer you resources or even challenge you with new information.

Midwifery is not only a model that trusts the body’s process, inviting intervention only when medically necessary, but is also a relationship of shared decision-making. As your midwifery team, we work to educate you in your options. We discuss risks and benefits, alternative options, and explore the societal norm, as well as, review what is understood in today’s literature. Likewise, we share our own experiences, expertise, and professional boundaries. Together we work to discover how best to create the most satisfying and safe birth experience for your family.

Invitation to Learn More about Our Practice

If after thoroughly exploring our website and/or attending one of our FREE interview sessions, you are interested in receiving maternity care with our practice, simply call the office at (317) 434-2229 to schedule your first appointment. Our blog offers a number of birth stories as well, which demonstrate our encouraging, evidence-based approach.

If not yet pregnant, consider scheduling a preconception visit. These visits are in effort to open a dialog about reproductive health and educate women about the importance of pregnancy planning so that she may optimize her health and take actions to optimize her baby’s health. Initiating a trusting relationship with your midwife prior to conception encourages the transition from understanding why one should make lifestyle changes to actually implementing them.

Questions about Cost?

The average cost for natural childbirth in the state of Indiana is $9,997.32. This does not include prenatal care with your obstetrician or care for your newborn by the pediatric provider. It also doesn’t include anesthesia or any additional medical interventions that may be required, or pushed on you while admitted to the hospital. Natural childbirth is a rare occurrence today, with the cesarean being far more common. The cost of a cesarean delivery varies widely, with three hospitals reporting averages between $15,000 and $30,000. Again, added to this would be care by your obstetrician before and after birth, as well as pediatric and anesthesia services (source: Indiana Hospital Association).

Costs for our maternity program include prenatal care, care for your newborn, and support from the midwifery team throughout your entire labor and birthing event. Our transport rate is a fraction of national average and our cesarean rate from a homebirth transfer is less than 3%. Our program cost is less and our outcomes are far superior.

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Christina and her husband had a beautiful homebirth in August of 2013, welcoming Liam Kaden into their home with Dr. Lane and her team.

Desmond Michael Sage born August 21st, 2013 weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces - physicians were already scheduling momma for a cesarean due to macrosomia (too large of a baby) prior to her transfer to our practice.

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