Brittany Estrada Anderson WHNP-BC,
Integrative health coach, Birth doula
Brittany received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Indiana University, Bloomington where she was a 4 year varsity athlete. She began her nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Her passion for preventative medicine then lead her to the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine where she completed training as an integrative health coach. Brittany received her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from Vanderbilt University and is now a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
Brittany has a passion for helping women reach their health and wellness goals. She has attended training in mindfulness based childbirth and parenting (MBCP) and completed training as a professional doula. Brittany loves preconception and prenatal coaching and education, although she enjoys working with women throughout the course of their life span. She seeks to empower women to take control of their health and create the best version of themselves.
Heather Crandall, HCHD
Heather is a mother to 5 boys. Each with their own unique birth story. She started her journey through the birth world 6 years ago when she became middle TN’s first placenta encapsulator. She has now done nearly 200 placentas and loves that she is able to offer this amazing service to middle TN’s mama’s.
She is a trained birth doula and is also in the process of training to be a Certified Professional Midwife. She believes that birth is normal. Women are not broken, and nature will usually work perfectly. She has a passion for helping women have an empowering birth experience. She wants to help woman learn their options and empower them to make informed choices about their healthcare that is right for them.
Leanne Latterell RN, EMT-P
Birth/Postpartum Doula, Lactation Support, Perinatal Loss Specialist
Leanne received her Associate’s of Science in Nursing at Aquinas College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She began her journey into caring for women and families at a young age when she joined the Air Force as a Medic. During her enlistment while stationed in Germany at Laundstuhl Regional Medical Center, Leanne worked on Labor and Delivery as a Medical Services Apprentice where she received training in childbirth education, birth assistance, breastfeeding/lactation support, postpartum care, and perinatal loss support.
While serving in the military she gained a great deal of experience working with a diverse group of women, attending over 1200 births, and managing a variety of clinical situations. As time went on, it became clear to her that she could better serve women & babies if she practiced independently outside of a hospital setting.
She now lives in East Nashville with her husband and daughter. Leanne is actively becoming a Certified Loss Doula with Loss Doulas International. This is a subject that is very close to Leanne’s heart as she herself has experienced the loss of a baby. As a Loss Doula, Leanne hopes to advocate for women/couples from the time they learn of their loss, through their planning process, the birth, and afterwards.
Ashley Procacci, Doula
Aquinas College Nursing Student
Ashley is happily married and the mother of 5 beautiful children, and has been practicing as a doula for over 10 years. She trained through DONA in New York City with the famous author Penny Simkin, and amazing Debra Pascali-Bonaro. It was life-changing for her. She later trained in Nashville through Cappa to teach childbirth education, and support breastfeeding by educating moms during the prenatal and postnatal period. She has felt called to work with birthing moms since her late teens years, and finally found her direction in supporting pregnant and birthing women.
Ashley served as a birth doula in northern New Jersey for 2 years before moving to the Nashville area, where she continued taking birth doula clients between her own pregnancies. She is currently a nursing student at Aquinas College in Nashville, and plans to further her education to certified-nurse midwife after she graduates in December 2014. She has a passion to encourage birthing women, and support the mom wholeheartedly in whatever the mom desires for her birth. She also recently began attending home births as a doula, and plans to continue attending workshops and embrace the role of midwife apprentice once she finishes her education.
Kelly Larabie, CD(DONA), HCHD
Kelly is blessed to be the mother of two wonderful children, a daughter and a son, and the wife of a very supportive husband. Her journey to birth work started when she was asked to attend the birth of her best friend’s first child as labor support, the fire was lit. She was asked to attend the birth of her best friend’s second child as well…and she was hooked for life. She knew, somehow, this is what she was called to do. Birth work would be pushed off for several years but the fire was rekindled with her family’s move to Columbia, TN. She learned that the Farm Midwives were 30 minutes from her and offered workshops. She was fortunate to attend a Midwifery Assistant Workshop in March 2010 and there she learned about doulas. She attended a DONA birth doula workshop a few short months later and has been attending births as a doula since.
Our bodies know how to birth the babies we grow. We have to trust in that knowledge and help nature do its work. Kelly feels that every woman should be given the information she needs to make the best decisions for her and her baby. Information is the key to empowering women so they have a positive birth experience. If you don’t have the information you need, then you cannot make good, informed decisions.