Meet the Green Bay Doulas
Emily JacobsonServices Provided: Labor Support, Postpartum & Infant Care, Placenta Encapsulation, Childbirth Education
Owner, Certified Doula Labor, PPS, P&ICD, NCS, CCE
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 and 2017 Certified childbirth educator.
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.
- 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.
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!
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 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
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 & 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 DoulaServices Provided: Labor Support
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 Support
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, Belly Binding Specialist
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 DoulaServices 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.