Meet the Green Bay Doulas
Emily Jacobson-OwnerServices Provided: Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation
Emily Jacobson Owner, ProDoula CD Labor, PP, PPS, NCS
Raised in Green Bay, Emily has been a labor and postpartum doula since 2011. In 2012, she added placenta encapsulation services to her list of expertise, and in 2016 certified Newborn Care Specialist.
Emily’s strength lies in supporting women and their families through the childbearing years, in whatever manner they envision it unfolding. Unbiased and judgment free support are the cornerstones on which Emily has built Green Bay Doulas.
Prior to doula work, Emily worked as a nanny, respite provider and ABA behavioral therapist for 8+ years. She has extensive experience with special needs and children with spectrum disorders.
Emily’s ability to build mutual respect and admiration with providers and hospital administrators has been a tremendous asset to the families she supports. She is a resident member on the board of directors for NeighborWorks Green Bay and is an active member in the local Chamber of Commerce.
Emily’s accolades include:
- Nomination for Entrepreneur of the Year by the Future 15 and Young Professionals
- Nominated for Business Person of the Year for the Business Recognition Luncheon through the Greater Green Bay Area Chamber.
In her down time, you can find Emily probably not wearing shoes! Her two absolute favorite things to do are to explore nature and enjoy an evening bonfire in the backyard with her husband and daughter. Cheering on the Packers goes without saying!
Samantha Huss – Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation, Bereavement Doula
Samantha Huss, ProDoula CD Labor, Postpartum, PPS, SBD, NCS
Samantha grew up in Shawano, Wisconsin where she still resides today. With a strong belief that knowledge is power, Samantha studied both business and foreign language. She obtained an Associate’s degree through UW- Fox Valley for Arts and Science with an emphasis in Business and continued at Fox Valley Technical college for Foreign Language with a focus in Spanish.
During her own journey of childbirth, she was inspired by her doula to continue her education and become a doula herself. For Sam, that wasn’t enough and she added postpartum placenta specialist to her list of expertise as well as a certified newborn care specialist.
Sam is also a Certified Spanish Bilingual Interpreter and enjoys supporting Spanish speaking families through the birth process.
With a passion for the outdoors, Sam spends time with her children gardening, hunting and fishing.
Michelle Sanford, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Labor, Postpartum, Placenta Encapsulation
Michelle Sanford, ProDoula Labor, Postpartum and Postpartum Placenta Specialist
Michelle has always been a nurturer and educator. A mother of 3 children ages 19, 14 and 2, she taught at the middle school level for nine years and now helps adult learners prepare for the GED.
Michelle sees being a professional doula as a way to empower women and families by guiding them toward their ideal birth experience. She believes birth can be a satisfying and fulfilling experience when a woman feels heard and respected during the process.
Michelle was born in Green Bay and continues to reside there today. Michelle is happily married to her high school sweetheart. They love to hike and explore the state and county parks, work in the yard, bike the Fox River or Mountain Bay Trails, and enjoy a nice cookout with family & friends.
Michelle holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Marian University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Melissa Lund Ziegler, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Labor Support
ProDoula PreCertified Labor
Melissa first became passionate about pregnancy and childbirth when she was pregnant with her daughter. She quickly became intrigued by the process and fascinated by the beauty of birth. To Melissa, pregnancy and childbirth is a constant learning process – there are always new discoveries, more books to read, and different women to learn from. She loves helping other women through their labors and learning more from each new birth.
In addition to her doula work, Melissa is an active classical musician, performing and teaching violin and viola to a number of wonderful and eager students both at her in-home studio and in the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay music department. She and her husband run Music for the Sake of Music, a not-for-profit organization which hosts a large summer music education and performance program for students and musicians of all ages.
Melissa is originally from Buffalo, NY and came to Green Bay in 2013. She holds both her bachelors and masters degrees in Viola Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH, and an Artist Diploma from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. In her spare time you can find Melissa running around with her pup Louie, taking road trips with her husband and daughter, cooking, and playing board games.
Chelsea Bertaud, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Postpartum Care
Pre-Certified Prodoula Postpartum & Infant Care
Chelsea “Belsea” Bertaud was born in California and moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin when she was in the sixth grade. She has two brothers that are ten and twelve years younger than her and loved to help care for them. Being that much older than her siblings she learned a great deal about taking care of others while growing up.
When Chelsea was 12 her best friend and cousin was diagnosed with bone cancer. Throughout that experience the nurses that cared for her cousin made a big impact in Chelsea’s life. So much so that she decided she wanted to become a nurse. Chelsea is now a postpartum and labor and delivery nurse at Bellin Health. It truly has become her passion and you can tell how much she loves her job when she talks about it. While working at Bellin she had the opportunity to care for two of our wonderful doulas as a postpartum nurse and learned a great deal more about being a doula, and also how amazing these doulas truly are. Chelsea was given the opportunity to become a postpartum doula and couldn’t have been more excited for it!
She loves being around people and helping them when they are in need. She firmly believes that having a baby is an exciting time, but can also be quite stressful and wants families to have the best experience possible.
On her downtime she likes to hang out with her dog Itty. She’s an avid traveler, enjoys singing and dancing and is a firm believer that coffee, glitter and an episode of friends can fix any bad mood.