IVCH Midwives

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 University.