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|Meet Debra Lowrance - A Member You Should Know|
A Member You Should Know
Debra Lowrance DNP, APRN, CNM, WHNP, IBCLC
Labor of Love Midwifery & Women’s Health Services LLC
In the Fall of 2018, Debra Lowrance opened Labor of Love Midwifery & Women’s Health Services LLC offering personalized compassionate Women’s Health care services and advocacy to women of all ages....adolescent through Menopause. Home Birth Services. Breastfeeding Support. Energy Work. The mission, Vision, Beliefs of Labor of Love is
Believing in and Honoring Women...their inner strength, their capacity for love, their desire for knowledge and ability to dream and achieve. For Women, Life is a Labor of Love.
There are very few home birth certified nurse midwives in the State of Illinois. Labor of Love services an area that runs from south of Champaign on the Eastern border of the State stretching to Southern Illinois. Before opening her practice, Debra helped grow a midwifery practice in Decatur Illinois for Vita Center for Women and helped implement a midwife staffed laborist/hospitalist program at St Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. She also has served as faculty for the University of Illinois at Chicago Urbana campus teaching both graduate and undergraduate students.
A turning point in her life occurred when restructuring caused her to lose a prominent position as a Nurse Manager. It was at that point that she decided to go back to school to become an APRN. She had a great professor/mentor who was a Family Nurse Practitioner. She challenged Deb and encouraged her to continue her education to become an APRN. When trying to decide what specialty, she said Debra needed to decide if she wanted to be a generalist or specialist. Deb decided to follow her passion for women and infants and become a nurse midwife.
Debra loves assisting women to become empowered through birth and motherhood and truly believes it is such a life-altering moment in a woman’s life. She also enjoys precepting and teaching students. Deb has precepted close to 30 students in the past seven years.
Deb previously worked in a busy practice where all providers were expected to see 20-40 patients per day. During that time, she never felt she could give good care when her time with each patient was so limited, nor could she provide continuity of care. She has also seen in hospital settings how restrictive the hospital rules/regulations and physician oversight and implementation of interventions can impede the natural progression of birth and can often result in less than ideal situations or outcomes. Debra knew there was a better way. She wanted to see birth the way it was intended to be and provide women choices in birth options. With her own business, she has ample time with each client and can follow them all the way through the pregnancy. Deb can spend more time completing valuable education and just getting to know her clients and families.
The recent change to the Nurse Practice Act that allows APRNs who meet certain criteria to work without a written collaborative agreement was the impetus for Debra starting her own business. Soon, she will be one of those recognized for Full Practice Authority in Illinois.
Becoming an ISAPN member has benefitted Debra by helping her, and other nurses get more politically involved. She states, “ISAPN is a great organization for APRNs in Illinois through its political involvement and commitment to advancing the role of APRNs. ISAPN keeps its members informed and provides many opportunities for continuing education and networking through the many educational offerings throughout the State of Illinois.”
When asked what advice she would share with new APRNs Debra said, “Get involved with your organizations. Do not be afraid to reach out and ask questions. Reach out to members for mentors as a new APRN and in time pay it forward by precepting students. We need to nurture our young and give them wings!”