Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
Graduated from the RN program at St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in 1993. Completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2009. Graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nurse-Midwifery and Family Nursing in 2012. Board certified. Passed the American Midwifery Certification Board examination, qualifying as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) in 2012. Licensed in Indiana as a nurse-midwife in 2012.
Worked at St Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette and Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne as a critical care nurse in various ICU settings from 1993-1998. Worked at the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center as a forensic nurse examiner from 1999-2003. Started a private nursing practice in 2003 hiring her nursing services to CNMs in independent home birth practices, offering prenatal, labor, birth, postpartum, newborn, and breastfeeding care and support. Closed that practice in 2012 to open Earthen Vessels Nurse-Midwifery LLC, offering home birth midwifery care in northern Indiana and birth center births at New Eden Care Center in Topeka, IN where she has privileges. Worked as a CNM for the Fertility and Midwifery Care Center, attending births at Dupont Hospital in 2014 but returned to home birth in 2015. Maintains privileges at Blessed Beginnings Birth Care Center in Nappanee, IN.
Married to husband Jeff since 1993. They have 5 boys and 3 girls – Jocelyn (20), Emeline (18), Nathaniel (15), Nicholas (13), Matthew (11), Sylvie (8), Jacob (5) and Timothy (2) – who are homeschooled. The last 7 children were born at home with midwives, including three water births.
Was trained as a childbirth educator and certified as a doula by Birth Works International. Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, S.T.A.B.L.E. (post-resuscitation and pre-transport care of the sick newborn) and Health Care Provider adult, Child and Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Previously held certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for adults and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and a Certified Critical-Care Registered Nurse (CCRN). Licensed to practice in Indiana.
I have appreciated being able to make choices as to what was right for my family and myself in pregnancy and birth. We are fortunate in northern Indiana to have more options to choose from than are available in many other areas. I am excited to be able to offer nurse-midwifery care outside of the hospital to families in this area who want these services for their own childbearing experience. One of my favorite parts of midwifery is serving the same family several times and serving a connected social web of family and friends, allowing for a truly unique experience to know the families I attend in ways simply not possible in the hospital setting.
CNM Care Provided by Earthen Vessels Nurse-Midwifery LLC
In our society, many health care services are offered as one-size-fits-all. Choosing Earthen Vessels Nurse-Midwifery LLC offers you a chance for expert personalized care based on research and evidence. Earthen Vessel’s midwifery care does not rely on providing a specific set of childbirth procedures or practices for all women. Instead, Janis tailors care to meet the wants and needs of each woman and her baby to obtain the best conditions possible for a safe and healthy outcome for all involved. Earthen Vessels Nurse-Midwifery care is uniquely nurturing, hands-on care before, during, and after birth. Janis and her staff of registered nurses specialize in pregnancy and childbirth and develop a trusting relationship with their clients, which results in confident, supported labor and birth. Our services include:
- Complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care
- Water birth
- Normal newborn care
- Breastfeeding assistance
- Well-woman care including Pap smears
- Preconception counseling
- Natural family planning
- Birth services at New Eden Care Center
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