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Lactation Consultants

Angela Lee,
BSN, RN, IBCLC

In-home lactation consultations in Williamson and southern Davidson counties

"I began Blessed Beginnings in 2009 to help meet the needs of expectant and new parents in the Middle Tennessee area. As a registered nurse since 2001, I have a background in labor & delivery, mother/baby postpartum care, lactation and childbirth education. I love working with families in the comfort of their own homes during a season of life that is full of unexpected challenges and sweet blessings. It is a privilege to be a small part of a mom and baby's story, and my desire is that every family would have a Blessed Beginning!" 

Anna Cathey,
BSN, RN, IBCLC

Lactation consultations in Williamson, Davidson counties

"A breastfeeding journey is a significant time in a family’s life with their new baby.  It is a privilege to empower parents with skills and knowledge, and see families experience success during this precious time.  I have been a hospital IBCLC since 2012, with a background as a Mother/Baby nurse. I have three beautiful children that helped me learn to overcome breastfeeding challenges first-hand!  I enjoy educating families prenatally, so they are equipped to have a successful start, and know what to expect following birth.  Being able to provide in-home care in private practice allows families to be out of the hospital setting, and in the comfort of your own home!"

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Angela Lee,
BSN, RN, IBCLC

In-home lactation consultations in Williamson and southern Davidson counties

"I began Blessed Beginnings in 2009 to help meet the needs of expectant and new parents in the Middle Tennessee area. As a registered nurse since 2001, I have a background in labor & delivery, mother/baby postpartum care, lactation and childbirth education. I love working with families in the comfort of their own homes during a season of life that is full of unexpected challenges and sweet blessings. It is a privilege to be a small part of a mom and baby's story, and my desire is that every family would have a Blessed Beginning!" 

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Shana Farneth, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Lactation consultations in Williamson, Davidson, and Rutherford counties

“I have worked as a postpartum and NICU nurse since 2006. The moments I have loved the most in my nursing career have been the ones spent assisting and encouraging parents during their nursing journey. I am a mom of 3 kids and each one of them had different nursing difficulties, so I know the pain and joys that come with being a nursing parent. I became an IBCLC in 2018 and have found my home at Blessed Beginnings. It has been my dream to serve parents and babies in the comfort of their homes. I love to assist and empower nursing parents, no matter their path. Each parent deserves the best start to their wonderful journey and I am truly privileged to play a small part in that.”

Shana Farneth
BSN, RN, IBCLC

Lactation consultations in Williamson, Davidson, and Rutherford counties

“I have worked as a postpartum and NICU nurse since 2006. The moments I have loved the most in my nursing career have been the ones spent assisting and encouraging parents during their nursing journey. I am a mom of 3 kids and each one of them had different nursing difficulties, so I know the pain and joys that come with being a nursing parent. I became an IBCLC in 2018 and have found my home at Blessed Beginnings. It has been my dream to serve parents and babies in the comfort of their homes. I love to assist and empower nursing parents, no matter their path. Each parent deserves the best start to their wonderful journey and I am truly privileged to play a small part in that.”

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Taylor King,
RN, IBCLC

Lactation consultations in Williamson, Davidson counties

"I began my nursing career in 2014 as a Mother Baby nurse, and in 2015 after having my first son, my passion for breastfeeding plunged me into my lactation career. My experience includes postpartum, NICU, and outpatient lactation. My commitment as an IBCLC is to meet you where you are in your breastfeeding journey, educate and support with love and compassion, and help you meet your breastfeeding goals. With my own breastfeeding experience as a mother of 4, as well as my years of IBCLC experience since 2017, I have learned that every breastfeeding journey looks different, and I am committed to help you find the breastfeeding path that works best for you and your family.  It is my honor and privilege to walk with you in this journey, and my prayer is that you will be filled with overwhelming joy as you nourish and create the most beautiful bond with your baby."

Michelle McPherson, RN, IBCLC

Lactation consultations in Marshall, Maury, and surrounding counties

“I began my career as an RN in 1996 and as a lactation consultant in 2007. I worked at Maury Regional Medical Center for 16 years and have been employed at Vanderbilt since 2012. My nursing experience includes newborn nursery, NICU, and Labor & Delivery. My passion is working with and assisting new mothers in their childbirth and lactation journeys. Because of my NICU experience, I am skilled with special needs infants and their unique feeding challenges. Although the majority of my nursing career has been hospital or clinic based, I am very excited to now be assisting families in their homes and to be a source of encouragement during a special time of learning and adapting.”

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Lauren Murphy, BSN, RN, IBCLC, PPD

Lactation consultations in Williamson and Davidson counties

"Acting as both a pediatric nurse since 2009 and mother of two, I have developed a strong passion for the mother-baby bond and every challenge and joy associated with it. As a lactation consultant, my goal is to stand with you in any challenge you face and help bring you through to the other side successfully with encouragement and support.

Together we will explore all resources to relieve stress regarding feedings and make sure you have a blessed beginning with your baby.”

Ashley P’Pool Glenn 
IBCLC

Lactation consultations in Williamson, Davidson counties

In-home and Telehealth

"I have worked with families with in home lactation support for almost 10 years. Meeting new families and supporting their needs is my favorite part of my work. I love to help families meet their goals for feeding, whatever that may look like for them. Evidence based and nonjudgmental support is key to my practice." 

Leslie Geerts,
RN, IBCLC

Lactation consultations in Rutherford County 

In-home and virtual consults

"I have been working with new families for the past 15 years as a registered nurse. I started as a mother/baby nurse, and have been specifically working in lactation since 2016. It is my goal to leave new parents feeling empowered and at ease. It is my privilege to help new families navigate their feeding journey."

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Leigh Qualls, IBCLC

In-home lactation consultations in Williamson and southern Davidson counties

“As an IBCLC, my primary desire is to meet you where you are in your breastfeeding journey and help you achieve your breastfeeding goals. The experiences I had nursing my three children were both wonderful and challenging. Through the highs and lows, I developed a love for the breastfeeding relationship between a mom and her baby and an awareness of how important support is in the success of that relationship. I’ve been where you are and want to provide you with guidance and encouragement in this special season of your life.”

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Hiliary Rector,
BSN, RN, IBCLC

Lactation consultations

in Williamson and Maury counties

“One of the things I love most about working with moms and their babies is sharing in those special moments, such as the first latch or that look of confidence a mom gets when she realizes she can provide and nourish this special blessing she was given. These moments are the ones I treasure from my own motherhood and breastfeeding journey and I would love to work with you to ensure these moments are ones you will treasure as well. I’ve worked as a IBCLC in a hospital setting since 2019, and I am also excited to be in private practice and be able to assist mothers in the comfort of their own home. I feel moms and babies are most comfortable and relaxed in their home environment and this helps provide for a positive and successful experience. I look forward to meeting you and helping to make your breastfeeding journey a blessed one.” 

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Sarah Williams, BSN, RN, IBCLC 

Lactation consultations in Williamson and Davidson counties

“Following ten rewarding years as a labor and delivery nurse, I transitioned to inpatient lactation in 2020. I fell in love with the ability to spend more time with families while also providing invaluable hands on education in the first days of life. My own journey to motherhood has provided empathy and insight into infertility/IVF, high risk pregnancies, breastfeeding preterm twins, NICU admission, as well as the challenges of a medically complex child with disabilities. Through these experiences as a mom and nurse, I have gained the knowledge to show other women that they not only can trust their bodies to grow babies, but also feed them! Using a family-centered approach in the comfort of your home, I look forward to creating a personalized feeding plan, while also being the necessary encouragement & support on your journey as a new mother.”

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Stephanie Ross, B.S.Ed, IBCLC, CLC

Lactation consultations in Williamson and Davidson counties

“After navigating the highs and lows of breastfeeding my firstborn son, I felt a calling to this profession. I wanted to provide the same education, support, and encouragement to families that I discovered I needed for each of my breastfeeding journeys. 

I feel honored to serve families during this exciting (and overwhelming) time as they anxiously await their baby’s arrival and navigate the fourth trimester and beyond. Helping families meet their own breastfeeding goals and gain the incredible benefits of breastfeeding is my passion and a joy to witness.”

Stephanie is a proud mother of three nurslings with over seven years of personal breastfeeding experience. Stephanie is a professionally licensed Human Ecology Educator, specialized in Early Childhood Development, a national volunteer with Breastfeeding USA, an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and a Certified Lactation Counselor. She has proudly been serving families in the Upper Cumberland with their breastfeeding goals and needs since 2012. "

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Ashley P’Pool Glenn, IBCLC

In-home lactation consultations in Williamson and southern Davidson counties

"I have worked with families with in home lactation support for almost 10 years. Meeting new families and supporting their needs is my favorite part of my work. I love to help families meet their goals for feeding, whatever that may look like for them. Evidence based and nonjudgmental support is key to my practice." 

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Kristin Salato,
BSN, RN, IBCLC

Lactation consultations

"I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia, double majoring in nursing and Spanish, while playing Division I women's soccer. After a brief stint playing professional soccer in Argentina and working at the Casa de Amor orphanage, I began my journey in women's health at Belmont University Nursing School, finishing by BSN in December of 2012. In January of 2013, I started at Vanderbilt Hospital as a Labor and Delivery nurse and recently completed my tenth year at the bedside. Now, as the mother of two small miracles (Micah, 3, and Sienna, 1), I understand the struggles of the breastfeeding journey and want to help empower women during a critical and vulnerable time."

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Carly McWhirter,
BSN, RN, IBCLC

In-home lactation consultations in Wilson and Eastern Davidson counties

"I began my nursing career in 2007 as a Neonatal ICU nurse. I spent many years walking alongside moms and dads during their most difficult days. It was during my personal breastfeeding journey, after the birth of my first child, that I realized how important knowledgeable lactation support was. I felt called to specialize in lactation, with an initial focus on NICU moms and their specific needs. After a few years, I transitioned roles to an outpatient setting to be able to help moms of healthy babies as well. I enjoy helping parents in the comfort of their home, helping them to grow their confidence in nurturing their baby. I will encourage you, cry with you, and celebrate with you as we navigate the challenges of breastfeeding together and help you achieve your lactation goals."

Team Members

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Peyton Cooper, CPD

Postpartum doula for Williamson Co.

“As a mother of two boys, I know firsthand the importance of having a knowledgeable and caring support system during the early weeks and months of motherhood. My goal as a postpartum doula is to bring my expertise and empathy to every client I work with, offering practical advice, emotional support, and a listening ear. I am dedicated to helping mothers feel empowered, confident, and connected during this transformative time in their lives. There is nothing more beautiful than a mother-baby bond and I am committed to making the experience as positive and nurturing as it is meant to be!” 

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Jacqui Redlinski,
BSN, RN, CLC

Certified CPR Instructor

Private & Community-based CPR/choking classes

“Education, safety, and family centered care have always been part of my passion in nursing. My
previous hospital background includes working with antepartum, labor and delivery, and
postpartum patients and families.
After becoming a mother, I realized how unpredictable each day can be. My breastfeeding
journeys had challenges to overcome including tongue ties and food intolerances/allergies with
both my daughters. As a lactation counselor, I recognize the importance of personal support in
the path you choose in feeding your infant(s) and would love the opportunity to work with you in
achieving your goal.
As a CPR instructor, I’m excited to offer a non-certification class specific to infant CPR and
choking. This class provides you with the skills and knowledge to be better prepared should an
emergent situation arise. I look forward to meeting you in either a private or classroom setting.”

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Jessica Linville

Client Coordinator

“As the Client Coordinator for the Blessed Beginnings Team, I am often the first email, text, or phone call that you receive. I strive to connect you with one of our outstanding consultants to meet your needs, as soon as possible. Offering support for both Mom and Baby is my priority and I am proud to be part of a team that works together to serve you well.” 

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