OUR PROVIDERS

 

ELAINE CANDELERO, DNP, APRN, CNM, FNP-C

Co-Owner, Midwife

I have been in the nursing field since 2006. I am a proud alumna of Jacksonville University, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Nursing. After, I continued my education at Frontier Nursing University, the birthplace of nurse-midwifery in the United States and a leader in advanced practice nursing. I earned a master's degree in nurse-midwifery, followed by a doctorate in nursing practice, and finally a certificate as a family nurse practitioner.  My education has prepared me to provide safe, evidence-based care for the entire family. My career has taken me overseas as a community health nurse, pregnancy educator, and lactation counselor. I have also worked as a pediatric, women's surgery, and labor and delivery nurse. Since 2017 I have had the privilege of serving Inanna families. 

 

I live with my husband Anthony, a retired Navy Chief who is currently working in logistics, 7 children, and 2 golden retrievers.  When I'm not meeting with patients or catching babies, I can be found cheering on my kids at sporting events or recitals, kayaking, hiking, or suffering in the Pilates studio.

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JEAN SALA SMITH MSN, CNM

Co-Owner, Midwife

Jean is a board-certified nurse-midwife through the American College of Nurse Midwives. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (1983) and a Master of Science Degree (1988) from the University of Texas at Houston.  After practicing nursing for over 11 years in labor and delivery, newborn nursery and high-risk obstetrics, Jean followed her calling to empower women through the birth process and earned her certificate in Nurse-Midwifery through Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1994.

She is a certified a Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor from the American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Heart Association.  Jean is also a Birthing From Within childbirth preparation instructor as well as a basic CPR instructor. Her 30 plus years of experience include hospital, birth center and homebirths.  

She has one son who she gave birth to in a military hospital in 1971.  Back then, birth was something done to a woman. Birth was not seen as something a woman participated in.  There was little support from the sparse personnel, a spinal block was done for the birth because that is just what you did. An episiotomy was cut and she was separated from her son for 6 hours because of hospital policy and no encouragement for breastfeeding.  All those personal experiences helped her to create the environment of loving patience, education and support found at Inanna.  Jean is married to the love of her life Paul.  She is Christian and welcomes all faiths and families to Inanna.

 

DAWN PEACOCK, RN

Owner, Midwife

Dawn Peacock RN has 13 years of obstetric nursing including NICU, labor and delivery team, nursery, postpartum/mother-baby, breastfeeding education, and birth assisting at Inanna. She is committed to helping families receive quality care and education. As a registered nurse, breastfeeding educator, wife, and mother of two, Dawn has extensive experience to help with new family needs. She is also the proud mother of three horses, three donkeys, two dogs, and two cats. In partnership with Inanna, Dawn offers breastfeeding assistance and education in addition to birth assisting.

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Certified Breastfeeding Educator

TAYLOR BARNES

Owner, Midwife

Taylor is a wife and mother to 3 children, all born out of hospital with the support of midwives. After a few years in the corporate world and the birth of her first child, Taylor fell in love with birth work because of the amazing support she received during her own natural birth. She has taught birth classes and worked as a doula before joining the Inanna staff as a birth assistant. She feels privileged to take care of each family at such an important time in their life.Taylor homeschools her children and grows a large garden; if you ever catch her sitting down she will probably be knitting. 

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Birth Assistant Supervisor

DANIELLE WALLACE, RN

Owner, Midwife

Danielle is mother to three precious little ones—all of whom were born at Inanna—and wife to her wonderful husband, Nate. She has been an RN since 2014, and has critical care and cardiac experience. She is certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation. She is passionate about naturally caring for herself, her family, and others, and using medical knowledge wisely to that end. Since becoming pregnant and giving birth to her first baby, she has been a proponent of midwifery care and natural labor and delivery. She is in awe of the miracle of each baby being born and is honored to be a part of every birth she gets to attend.

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Birth Assistant

LAUREN DICKENS

Owner, Midwife

Lauren lives in Denton with her husband of 29 years. She is the mother of 4 grown children. Lauren is passionate about birth, breastfeeding and newborn care. Providing families with a safe environment for the birth of their child is her driving force. Lauren is currently in nursing school, she plans to graduate in 2021. She is fortunate to be able to bring her experiences at Inanna into her nursing career. It has been her great privilege to assist in caring for Inanna mothers and babies for over 10 years. Lauren's own experiences with midwifery care is what drew her to birth assisting. She is firmly committed to the beautiful partnership that exists between families and their Midwife. Lauren is thankful to be a part of those long standing relationships.

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Birth Assistant

SUSAN MERRITT

Owner, Midwife

Susan is the mom of 9 children and she  has an ever increasing number of grandchildren. Five of her children were born at home with a midwife. She has worked as a surgical tech and medical transcriptionist. Susan loves to encourage pregnant women and hold babies, and can frequently be found in the front office greeting patients and scheduling!

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Administrative Assistant

ANNA CROWDER

Owner, Midwife

Anna is the mother of 5 through birth and adoption and spends her days as a homeschool mom and homemaker. She's been married to her college sweetheart for 11 years after meeting at the University of North Texas. She holds a degree in Fine Arts Photography and still pursues that work but is now also loving every bit of her time in the birth world. Her interest and passion in natural birth came after the successful med-free hospital birth of her first child using the Bradley Method. Her subsequent second and third births were at Innana; one with Jean, one with Elaine, and Lauren Dickens as birth assistant at both. Her desire to encourage women in and through natural labor and childbirth has only grown through the years. She continues to educate herself in labor, birth, and lactation with the pursuit of offering emotional and physical support to mothers and families during both labor and postpartum. In her time outside of homeschooling, you'll find her baking bread, crocheting, painting, reading, or taking her family camping. 

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Birth Assistant

VALORIE ROGERS, RN

Owner, Midwife

Valorie has been married to her high school sweetheart for 13 years. They have four beautiful children. She is a registered nurse with 11 years of experience in cardiovascular care and has ACLS, BLS and NRP certifications.She attended nursing school at Texas Woman’s University. During her OB class, her professor spoke highly about out-of-hospital births and even had the students tour a birth center. “When I was pregnant with my first baby I knew I wanted to have her at a birth center” Two of her children were born at home and two at birth centers. Valorie believes that birth is a natural process and women’s bodies were designed by God to know what to do. “I am always in awe in the miracle of birth and new life.” When her children are older she wants to pursue becoming a midwife.

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Birth Assistant

KELLIE GARDNER

Owner, Midwife

I am a mother of two and grandmother of three, all midwife delivered. I have been assisting women to give birth in home and birth center settings for thirty five years, and it still brings me great joy! Each birth is a journey, and it is a privilege to attend families as they experience the transition of becoming new parents. All the women and families I’ve assisted over the decades have truly blessed my life, and I continue to learn from each .

     I currently teach childbirth classes for families delivering in a variety of settings, along with assisting at Inanna deliveries. I recently took a course in leading birth art sessions. These are designed to explore our inner strengths and concerns surrounding birth and parenting. I’m always open to learning new ways to explore the transformative power of birth in our lives.

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Birth Assistant

ALEX LAUNIUS

Owner, Midwife

Alex is a wife, homeschool mama of 3, and birth doula. After a couple of years working with the Inanna midwives and birth assistants in a doula capacity, she decided she’d love to join the birth assistant team herself! 

 

She is passionate about mamas and their families having the support they need throughout pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, and beyond. She believes birth in all forms is miraculous, and finds it a pure joy and honor to serve mamas from all walks of life in all sorts of birthing situations and preferences. 

 

When she’s not doing wife and mom stuff, she loves doing research, writing songs, and sharing stories on YouTube about her life. 

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Birth Assistant