What We Offer
Full Scope Midwifery In A Home Birth Setting
Janis Chrissikos CNM has been involved with home birth in Fort Wayne and the greater Allen County area since 1998. The need for legal, comprehensive homebirth midwifery care that can not only provide prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum, newborn, and lactation care, but can also attend to the woman’s complete needs for common primary care issues that arise in the course of maternity care (like urinary tract infections; sinusitis; depression; allergies; hemorrhoids, nausea, or heartburn not responsive to self care, and many, many more frequent ailments) was obvious. The lack of a licensed midwife practicing with prescriptive authority and the ability to legally order appropriate labs and tests as well as perform interventions like medication injections and IVs when necessary and to function outside of the narrow scope for basic maternity care was a barrier to quality care for families seeking homebirth midwifery care.
Earthen Vessels Nurse-Midwifery Services Include:
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- Complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care
- Water birth
- Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
- Normal newborn care
- Breastfeeding assistance
- Well-woman care including Pap smears
- Preconception counseling
- Natural family planning
- Birth services at New Eden Care Center
- NOW AVAILABLE! Nitrous oxide for labor pain
In general, most clients self-pay for homebirth with a midwife, although with the high deductible plans common today, most clients pay less out of pocket for a homebirth than for a hospital birth even though the latter is covered by insurance. Earthen Vessels Nurse-Midwifery accepts Tricare, HSA and flex spending accounts, Samaritan, Christian Medishare (and similar plans), and some non-HMO insurance plans as an out of network provider. Please note: This practice is contraceptive free. Fertility awareness methods of various types are discussed and assistance is provided. However, contraception including birth control bill, depoprovera shot, nexplanon, IUDs and barrier methods like diaphragms are not offered. We fully support a woman’s right to choose the method to regulate her fertility in the way that works best for her and will provide referrals and consultations to minimize the inconvenience for those clients who prefer contraceptive options.