Emily JacobsonServices 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, 2019 VBAC Certified Doula.
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)
- 3 Nominations for Entrepreneur of the Year by the Future 15 and Young Professionals (2016 & 2017 & 2019)
- 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 DoulaServices Provided: Labor Doula, Postpartum & Infant Care Doula, Placenta Encapsulation
Michelle has always been a nurturer and educator. A mother of 3 children ages 21, 17 and 5, 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.
Heather Phillips, Affiliated DoulaServices 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 DoulaServices 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 DoulaServices 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.
Antionette Wright, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
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 DoulaServices Provided:
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 DoulaServices 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.
Sloan Sullivan, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Labor & Postpartum Doula
Sloan was first introduced to doula work during her senior year of college. While completing her bachelor’s degree in Clinical and Applied Health Sciences at Drake University in Des Moines, IA she took an elective course in Reproductive Law and Policy. During the course, she learned about different birth options and practices, as well as how traditional births in America differ from traditional births in other countries. This information was exciting and intriguing to her, as she had always been fascinated with pregnancy, childbirth and children. A few years later, when Sloan was pregnant with her daughter, she witnessed firsthand the extreme lack of support available for expectant mothers. Following the birth of her daughter, she began to explore doula work more seriously. During this exploration, she attended several births for her friends and family members, and supported them through pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
She was, and continues to be, passionate about empowering and educating women, and helping them enjoy the incredible journey of pregnancy and childbirth. She is excited to join the incredible team of women at Green Bay Doulas, and have the opportunity to support more women during the most exciting time in their lives!
Sloan is happily married and lives in Appleton with her husband, stepdaughter and daughter. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her family, practicing hot yoga, and exploring and enjoying all things outdoors!
Anja Farin, IBCLC, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Lactation Visits, Postpartum Care
Paula Brummel, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Postpartum Care
Paula has worked in the care giving environment with women, children and families all her life!. Beginning with being a “summer girl” and babysitter at a very young age and mentoring children in a crisis nursery while still in high school; she made ‘love and care’ her life’s calling early in her career. Graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Social Work, Youth Studies and Family Social Science and a minor in Child Psychology; she has over 35 years of professional experience. From a weekend counselor in a group home in college, to a School Counselor for children with disabilities in Minneapolis, to a Life Enrichment Specialist for elders with Dementia in Green Bay, to working with Elementary students as a school counselor in Green Bay parochial schools….her life long desire to support, nurture, educate and empower runs very deep.
Paula took time off to parent her own children, fully immersing herself in that wonderful craziness. As a proud mother of four children ages 27 to 15, she has changed a diaper or two! In this span of time, she has seen the parenting world change and grow in it’s complexities. All of this experience, makes her very well prepared for postpartum doula work. Paula’s intense natural ability to connect with people in a loving and compassionate way makes her a caring and knowledgable family support person.
If she is not with people, Paula is loving the outdoors! This love led her to starting her own gardening business, “Grubby Girl in the Garden”. If she has a spare moment she and her husband of 32 years yearn to travel, hike, bike, camp, kayak, practice yoga and read in their hammocks near the water.
Brianna Eisch, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Labor Doula
Brianna is a Green Bay native, living in Madison the past five years and is now back to serve the community that raised her. She has aspired to be a birth keeper from a young age. Many life experiences have shaped the person she has become and her knowledge of birth. Working with women and infants in a Moroccan nursery of a hospital opened her eyes to the varying ways birth influences a culture and how a culture influences birth. Becoming a doula in October 2017 and working as a labor and delivery nurse since 2018, has given Brianna a unique perspective on all sides of birth work and is supportive of all the ways babies come earthside. In addition, Brianna has extensive experience in nannying for newborns to teenagers, children with special needs, and multiples for the past 12 years.
Birth is sacred and a transformative experience for the entire family. Brianna aspires to be a guide to hold space, offer encouragement, educate, and provide support to enrich the entire process. An open mind, creative spirit, and caring soul are Brianna’s strengths that she brings to each birth.
In her spare time you will find her listening to birth podcasts, at the farmer’s market, tending to her never ending growing plant collection, or snuggling her cats.
Hanna Camarena, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
Bio coming soon!
Mary Theresa Cerny, IBCIC, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Lactation Visits, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator
*Serving the great Wausau and Shawano Area*
Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Mary was raised by her father with 3 other siblings. At a young age, she learned how to help her Dad take care of the younger siblings by cooking, cleaning, and nurturing them. As a teenager, she experienced the heartache of an unplanned pregnancy. She and her Dad made the very difficult decision to surrender her son Greg for adoption. Through her very tough and unfortunate situation, she saw the care and compassion that the labor nurses and physicians gave her and decided that she wanted to give that same care to women during childbirth as well.
Mary went to nursing school and graduated from the College of DuPage in 1982. She began her nursing career as an OB RN at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove, IL. She worked there for 3 years, before her and her husband decided to move to Wisconsin to escape the rat race of the big city. While in Wisconsin, her husband started a successful business with a friend in the Lakewood area. Mary had 2 pregnancy losses, before finally giving birth to her son Luke, her rainbow baby. She was so thrilled to obtain an unmedicated birth by successfully utilizing the breathing and relaxation techniques that she learned in a LaMaze class. Soon after that, she became certified to teach childbirth classes in her local area, and got hired at the Langlade Hospital in Antigo as a Labor and Delivery, and postpartum, infant nurse.
She became passionate about birthing, bonding, and breastfeeding through the many births in which she attended, when seeing the joy on parents face when they finally meet their newborn baby. She decided to become certified in breastfeeding and began teaching breastfeeding classes, and started a breastfeeding support group at the hospital. After many hours of working and studying for the board exam to become an IBCLC, she did pass the exam in 2011. She assisted with the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative designation process and the hospital received the honored designation in 2018.
Mary has 30 years of Labor & Delivery experience, along with the caring for infants and mothers postpartum. She has seen the need in our modern society for new families to receive more support after returning home from the hospital with their new little one. There is much fear, uncertainty, and fatigue after giving birth. The mother needs mothering, so that she can effectively mother and nurture her baby. Mary hopes that she can offer this caring support to as many families as possible in her area of the world. Mary and her husband Miles has 4 children, 4 grandchildren and one on the way! They enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, bowhunting, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and vacations to Fort Myers Beach.
Kaitlyn Riha, Affiliated DoulaServices Provided: Labor Doula
Kaitlyn was born and raised in the Green Bay area. She is the second eldest of her six siblings and has always been a natural nurturer. She married her husband, Scott, in the summer of 2015. They have two beautiful children together.
Kaitlyn earned her Bachelors Degree in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. During her time in college she spent a semester interning in London, England, where she had the opportunity to work one on one with preschool and elementary aged children with spectrum disorders. After graduation she worked for local school districts in an alternative education setting for students with special needs. Kaitlyn continued her path in education to work with elementary age English Language Learners. She then took some time off to have her two children.
Kaitlyn became a labor doula because she believes birth is one of the most important events in a family’s life. After the birth of her second child she had a strong desire to empower, educate, and support women during birth and their early parenthood journey. -“We are strong and powerful and we can make incredible things happen when we support each other.”
In her free time you can find her cooking fun and healthy meals with her children, going on family walks to the park or reading.