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I'm pregnant with my first baby and I'm new to West Lafayette. My mom had me (and five others) at home and I've never liked hospitals to begin with, so I was looking into the availabilities of midwives or birthing centers in the area and I've found that the only licensed midwives in the state are CNM. I was wondering if anyone was familiar with Lafayette/West Lafayette are and had any advice on how the hospital(s) around here are for deliveries or if there are any good alternatives to hospitals available, etc?


Basically, I want a drug-free vaginal delivery where the baby isn't taken away, fed formula, vaccinated, etc. I have a lot to learn as well, and I know that practices have changed (somewhat) from when my mom had awful experiences with hospitals, but I do want a low-intervention delivery, if possible.


Any information is appreciated! Thank you!



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I don't live in the area, but my little sister does and I've been doing a ton of research recently for her birth. She's almost 14 weeks now. There aren't any birth centers in the area, but there are 2 CNMs (Ann Mischler and Sharon Smith) who deliver at  Clarian Arnett. My sister is currently seeing Dr Sams at St Elizabeth. She likes her but she really wants a natural waterbirth and so she's switching to the midwives. St E doesn't do waterbirth so she will have to change hospitals and thus, providers. Homebirth isn't an option for her financially but it seems like there are a few CPMs who do homebirths in the area, and several doulas for either way.


Her first appointment with the midwives is next week, so I don't have a lot of information about it, but what I do know is that there are two l and d rooms at Clarian Arnett that have tubs, they are the blow-up tubs and they are fine with women actually delivering in the water. They seem very supportive of natural birth and they guarantee that one of them will be at your birth, no chance of getting some random OB. My sister is also really happy that she won't end up having a male OB for her birth.


So, we will see. I'm happy to update you after her appointment Wednesday if you want. And feel free to PM me, I'm sure she'd love to be in touch with another natural birth mama in her area.



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I've heard really good things about Clarian, and wonderful things about "Dr. Sharon".  I delivered at St.E East, and while everyone seems to have negative things to say about it, I had a wonderful experience.  They don't have tubs or anything, though.  But I was able to have a fully natural birth, I breastfed exclusively, she stayed in the room with us the whole time, and we weren't forced to vaccinate.  I had a doula with me, and she was wonderful, but I don't think she's taking clients right now.  You might want to try contacting the people at Natural Parenting Education Network (, I know they're really active on facebook and they offer classes and workshops.  They would know of all the doulas, midwives, and other resources you need.


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Are you open to using a CPM?  Currently there are many midwives in the state who work with homebirth families, although the state currently doesn't license CPMs.  There is currently legislation in the statehouse to try to make this a happen, but it has not happened yet.   Have you thought about working with a CPM for a homebirth?

It might be worth interviewing some of these midwives to see if you click with them.  If you are having a hard time locating a midwife, you can contact the Indiana Midwives Association ( and they can provide you with some contacts

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If you're interested in a home birth Penny Lane at Believe Midwifery Services is a CNM who provides home births in your area. Here's her website. 

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I delivered twice at IU Health Arnett & had awesome experiences. Both deliveries were with Dr Schafer. He's a very low-intervention, laid-back doc. The first birth was an attempted VBA2C that ended in c/s (which I requested after 24hrs of labor - no pressure from doc) & second was a scheduled c/s. I declined hep b & eye ointment & no one batted an eye. Babies were on my chest within 5 min, nursing within 20 & I'd imagine it would be much sooner with a vag birth. They let me accompany babies to all tests afterwards. Food was great, lactation consultant was readily available & very helpful... No one ever even mentioned pacifiers, formula, etc. Highly recommend Dr Schafer at Arnett!

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I know this is old but who are the Lafayette area homebirth midwives?

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