Maternity Services in LaSalle County
Midwives have been around for years, helping women through the tiring,
yet extraordinary process of childbirth. At IVCH, we have extended the
services of our certified nurse midwives to women throughout the community.
A midwife will talk with you one-on-one, get to know you and your health
goals, and guide you through numerous health care issues.
What Makes Midwives Unique?
The best way to describe midwifery care is that it is time intensive. We
take time to listen to you, encourage you, and support you, wherever you
may be in life. We believe in having a partnership with the women and
families we care for and that women should know all of their choices in
order to make informed decisions. That’s why from the first time
we meet our patients, we begin to educate them on how to live healthy
lives and prevent disease. It’s a growing relationship, and it’s
a relationship that often lasts for years.
How Will My Birthing Experience Be Different with a Midwife?
Pregnancy and childbirth are part of the life cycle. That means most everything
that happens to a women’s body during pregnancy— from fluctuating
hormones and morning sickness to ligament aches and pains— is all
natural. And while there are special cases where health risks occur and
medical intervention is necessary, for the most part, your body knows
what to do and it’s a safe process.
Because of this, we believe in minimal intervention during childbirth,
letting your body guide you through the process. Does that mean you’re
on your own? Absolutely not! The best thing about having a midwife is
that we are with you every step of the way—offering support and
helping you relax and maintain control over pain and contractions. The
process is just as important as the outcome and we want you to walk away
feeling that you had the experience you had hoped for.
So whether you desire a natural child birth, an epidural, a water birth
or narcotic pain management, our group of midwives will be supportive
and excitedly greet your newest bundle of joy.
Meet the IVCH Midwives
If you would like to explore having a midwife for your birthing experience,
call us at
815.223.2944 and schedule an appointment today. We’ve also included a short introduction
about each midwife below to get you started.
Dana Hoffman, DNP, CNM
As a Certified Nurse Midwife, Dana seeks to provide a full scope of health
care that is compassionate, comprehensive and patient-centered. Prior
to joining the IVCH Women’s Health Care Center, she worked as a
CNM in Rockford and as an RN in Dixon before that. Her experience includes
providing midwifery health care for antepartum, postpartum, family planning,
newborns, gynecology and vaginal deliveries. Dana received her bachelor’s
in nursing (cum laude) from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and
her master’s in the nurse midwifery program from the University
of Illinois-Chicago. She recently obtained her doctor of nursing practice
degree from Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. Dana is certified
by the American Academy of Pediatrics in Neonatal Resuscitation.
She is certified by the American Heart Association in Advanced Life Support
(ACLS), Pediatric Life Support (PALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). She
has been an Emergency Communications RN and Licensed Trauma Nurse Specialist.
Dana is also a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Barbara Tieman, RN, MSN, CNM
As a Certified Nurse Midwife, Barbara offers a variety of services to the
patients at Women's Health Care Center. Prior to joining the WHCC
staff, she worked for the KSB Medical Group in Dixon for more than 16
years. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of
Nursing, Barbara is also a family nurse practitioner. She has enjoyed
working with labor and delivery patients for 12 years and has participated
in more than 500 births.
Brittany Lange, CNM
Brittany Lange worked as a nurse in the labor and delivery unit at Genesis
Medical Center in the Quad Cities for seven years before coming to IVCH.
Her student midwife experience was earned working for The Group—Obstetrics
& Gynecology Specialists in Davenport, Iowa. Her master’s degree
in nursing with an emphasis in nurse-midwifery is from Frontier Nursing
JACQUELINE Ma, DNP, CNM
As a Certified Nurse Midwife, Jacqueline administers a variety of services
to ensure the health of patients at the IVCH Women’s Health Care
Center. Prior to joining the staff of WHCC, she gained experience by working
for The Midwives at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington and NeighborCare
Health in Seattle, Washington. Jacqueline obtained her bachelor’s
in nursing (summa cum laude) from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
She went on to earn a doctor of nursing practice degree with an emphasis
on nurse midwifery from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is
certified by the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Basic Life Support
(BLS), and AWHONN Intermediate and Advanced Fetal Heart Rate. Jacqueline
is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Elizabeth Birkey, CNM
As a Certified Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner, Elizabeth currently
provides services for patients at the Peru Primary Care Clinic. Elizabeth
obtained her bachelor’s in nursing from Northern Illinois University
in DeKalb. Following, she received her master’s in nursing and post-master’s
certification FNP from Frontier Nursing University in Hayden, Kentucky.
She worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife and birth assistant at Labor of
Love Midwifery. Elizabeth is certified by the Neonatal Resuscitation Program
(NRP), CPR certified, and Advanced FHM certified.