Emily Jacobson

Services Provided:

 Labor, Postpartum & Infant Care, Newborn Care Specialist, Childbirth Educator, In-Home Sleep Training Professional, and Encapsulation Specialist. 

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, in 2016 certified Newborn Care Specialist, 2017 Certified childbirth educator, and 2018 became a certified in home sleep trainer.

Emily’s strength lies in supporting 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 Olde Main. She is also an active member in the local Chamber of Commerce.

Emily’s accolades include:

  • Future 15 award recipient- Young Professional of the Year by the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. (2017)
  • 2 Nominations for Entrepreneur of the Year by the Future 15 and Young Professionals (2016 & 2017)
  • Nominated for Business Person of the Year for the Business Recognition Luncheon through the Greater Green Bay Area Chamber. (2016)
  • Nominated for Entrepreneurial Award for the Business Recognition Luncheon through the Greater Green Bay Area Chamber.  (2018)
  • On the Rise top 20 nomination- Rising Tide

In her down time, you can find Emily probably not wearing shoes! Her favorite things to do are to explore nature and enjoy an evening bonfire in the backyard with her husband and daughters.  You can also find her enjoying her love of aerial hammocks, and cheering on the Packers goes without saying!

Michelle Sanford, Affiliated Doula

Services Provided:

Labor Doula, Postpartum & Infant Care Doula, Placenta Encapsulation

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.

Chelsea Bertaud, Affiliated Doula

Services Provided:

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.

Heather Phillips, Affiliated Doula

Services Provided: Labor Support

Labor & Postpartum Doula

Heather first became passionate about supporting others in pregnancy and childbirth when she was pregnant with her second son.  As she researched methods to make her birth easier she began to wonder why managing pregnancy and minimizing labor pain was not a topic openly discussed.  As she researched more she learned about the role of a Doula, she then decided that was a path she needed to follow.  Heather loves helping other women, and their partners, to strive to have the birth they want.

Heather is originally from Texas but has lived all over the world.  She enjoys traveling to other cities, states, and countries and immersing herself in other cultures.  She is a 14 year veteran of the U.S. Army, which has made her very capable of handling stressful situations, and guiding those around her, to minimize their stress.  She has spent her adult life serving others and continues to want to do so.  Heather loves to spend time outdoors, camping, and hiking, with her husband and two boys.  They spend much of their free time in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan enjoying nature.

Heather recently started going back to school, in hopes of becoming a labor and delivery nurse, at University Wisconsin Green Bay. Along with providing labor support, she also is certified through the American Red Cross, to instruct and certify Adult and Infant CPR/First Aid/AED.

Gabrielle Laha, Affiliated Doula

Services Provided:

Labor & Postpartum Doula

Gabrielle Laha grew up in Green Bay. She is the oldest, by eight years, of five siblings and learned how to be a caretaker at a young age. She married her high school sweetheart, Ryan, in October 2011 and together they have four boys, including one set of twins! Gabrielle graduated from Paul Mitchell the School Green Bay as a cosmetologist in 2012. She worked in a salon for a short time, but decided to be a stay at home mom after her first son was born in April of 2013.

Gabrielle has been fascinated by pregnancy, birth, newborns, and the postpartum period ever since her first pregnancy. She’s a voracious reader and loves to learn everything she can about these subjects, especially since she is currently a student midwife. She became a labor doula because she believes birth is one of the most important events in a family’s life, one that will always be remembered, and she desires to provide birthing people with the support they want to achieve their goals for birth. Because each client is unique, she recognizes the importance of unbiased, non-judgmental support for all families.

If she isn’t busy with her children, school, apprenticeships, or doula work, you might find Gabrielle binge watching Doctor Who or Sherlock, eating dark chocolate, or taking a hot bath while enjoying a classic novel.  

Whitney Warren, Affiliated Doula

Services Provided:

Labor Support & Postpartum & Infant Care 

Whitney first became passionate about labor and birth during her EMT Basic training course in 2010. – “I remember sitting in class watching a video of a woman giving birth and thinking to myself, I want to be a part of that!”  

Whitney first heard about doulas through a friend and fellow doula when she was pregnant. The friend told her so many great things about it and the support they provided for her, Whitney instantly felt a pull towards becoming that support for other women and families. She took her postpartum training in March of 2017 and her labor training in August 2017. Since her training, she has been putting her knowledge to good use and supporting women and families’ transition from belly to baby! -”It’s an AMAZING job and I feel privileged to be part of their journey!”

After her first child, she experienced  postpartum depression. Now, being the support for other women, Whitney sees how important her role is in helping these families. Whitney feels like if she had the support she now offers, she could have had a better experience transitioning into motherhood. Whitney’s goal is to have the support she offers help other women avoid the struggles she faced after the birth of her son.

A Shawano resident, Whitney has been married for almost nine years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two children. Whether it be playing at the park or just snuggling on the couch with some popcorn, their two dogs and two cats, watching a movie!

Whitney was recently accepted into the radiography program at NWTC and looks forward to starting in the fall of 2018.  

Hannah Janssen, Affiliated Doula

Services Provided:

Postpartum & Infant Care

Hannah Janssen has a passion for helping mothers’s transition during BIG times of their lives with ease and joy. Emily introduced her to postpartum Doula work and she instantly felt called to become a Doula herself. ‘This is exactly the type of support I needed when transitioning with both boys.’

Born in Iowa, raised in Wisconsin, and college in the Big Apple – Hannah has a business degree from SUNY Maritime College, with an emphasis in humanities. She is also an officer in the US Navy and has a USCG Third Mates license (which basically means she can drive huge ships across the ocean)! In 2013, her unique resume caught the eye of the second largest oil and gas drilling company in the world, Ensco. She then moved down to Houston, TX to manage their corporate training and development department. Being a young women in corporate America sparked a fire in Hannah to empower women, get their voices heard, and support them to live the biggest lives possible! Hannah found a career that could keep that fire going.

In addition to Doula work, Hannah is an Ontological Life Coach for Mom’s. She supports Mothers in creating big, empowered, and sexy lives they love! Hannah is also a mother herself to two adventurous little boys. Together they love to explore the outdoors, build long train tracks, and snuggle up with their favorite books.

Antionette Wright, Affiliated Doula

Services Provided:

Labor & Postpartum Doula

Born and raised in Chicago, Ill. A  mother of six beautiful children, and happily married are just the start of who this powerhouse of love and compassion is.  Having a less than ideal childhood she is someone who overcomes and rises to challenges.

These experiences have given her the  motivation and strength to want to help women of all walks of life, and give them the direction and guidance to go further in life. She’s worked in the non-profit world for almost a decade and is ready to  further her education as a labor and postpartum doula. This is just the start for Antoinette as she will continue to break into the medical field, with a focus on labor and delivery. She is the true embodiment of  intellect, talents and nurturing skills to be a successful in supporting families.

When at home you’ll find her in the kitchen cooking up food for the soul, reading books like The Notebook, Twilight and Harry Potter, and playing Monopoly or Apples to Apples with her family.

Jamie Raisleger, Affiliated Doula

Services Provided:

Labor Doula

Jamie grew up in Door County, WI in the country with her four younger siblings and has been married to her husband, Kris since 2013.  She felt deeply called to doula work after she supported her three sisters through their first births. Jamie believes that women’s bodies are intelligently designed for the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth and also believes that each woman deserves the option to experience birth on her own terms.

Jamie became interested in healthcare, science and the healing arts at a young age, and she pursued a Human Biology undergraduate degree with an emphasis in pre-medicine. She immediately changed paths when a 10 day, living foods wellness program reversed a severe chronic pain condition she’d had for eight years.  This same approach to healing also supported and accelerated her recovery from a medication-induced brain stem stroke.  Since these events, Jamie has been an ardent advocate of true naturopathy and holistic wellness.

In addition to Doula work, Jamie is a Certified Regenerative Detoxification Specialist, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Zumba Instructor, and a member of the local Chamber of Commerce.  She loves to help her clients discover the healing power of their own bodies by using food and also teaches healthy cooking classes through St. Norbert College.  When Jamie isn’t working with clients, teaching Zumba, or making healthy food, you can find her outside in her garden, doing Pilates, cheering on the Packers, or entrenched in an array of naturopathic and self-development books.

Erin Struzman – Affiliated Doula

Services Provided: Labor Doula

Erin was born in Fairfax, Virginia and moved to the Green Bay area at the young age of 6. She considers herself a Wisconsinite after living here for most of her life and takes pride in the Packers. She’s been married to her husband, Uriah, since December of 2014 and has two beautiful daughters. She’s been fascinated by birth and babies ever since she was little but didn’t become intrigued by doulas until her second pregnancy. After hiring and having a fantastic experience with owner Emily Jacobson she knew this was the work she had been called to do.

Erin also works part time at The Wellness Way in Green Bay and has an overall love for the body, nutrition, and healing. She keeps up to date on all the current research and studies and is willing to offer her clients as much information and education for their pregnancies and births as they need to make the right choices for their families. She is especially passionate about women being empowered with knowledge and choices.

If she isn’t busy working, taking care of her children and broadening her Doula education and trainings she loves doing yoga, making healthy food that even her littles love, reading and traveling with her family.