Ellen Marie Roeser PCD(DONA), NCS, CHBE, Founder and Owner of North Star Newborns
I am a healthy and active mother of three, grandmother of three and resident of St. Louis Park, MN. When my last child left for college, I accepted a nanny position with a family in Plymouth and they are still very dear to me. As a grandmother I have rediscovered my true calling: providing the best care for not only the newborn, but supporting the family as well.
- Certified DONA Postpartum Doula
- Newborn Care Specialist/Newborn Care Training Academy
- Certified HBE/Dr. Harvey Karp
- CPR Certified
- Ten plus years as a professional nanny
- Past La Leche League Member and Leader
Vicki Sheaffer, President and Owner of NSN-BabySoft
Vicki brings awareness to hospitals throughout the country about misidentification and the risk of infection with the ID Bands currently used on newborns and infants. Vicki also serves as an advisor to North Star Newborns encouraging growth, and a continued commitment to excellence in newborn care. She is consistently bringing new ideas and products to North Star Newborns and the families we serve.
Connect with Vicki on LinkedIn.
Overnight Infant Care Specialists
Mary E Slattery
Greetings! My name is Mary Slattery and I reside in the Twin Cities with my husband and children. I am a classical musician by trade but am currently pursuing a masters degree in nursing. I am almost halfway through the program and hope to work as a neonatal intensive care nurse. I was inspired to return to school after spending time in the NICU with two of my babies. I was deeply touched by the experience and by the care we received. I truly believe that there is no greater gift than the life of a child and I am humbled by the gift of my own children and the gift of each and every child I encounter.
“My name is Sarah Kamin, I live in Rochester Minnesota and am excited to be a part of Northstar Newborn’s growth into this area. I am a former midwife (CPM) and Waldorf kindergarten teacher. I have also worked as a family coach, teaching positive parenting skills to new parents. The high standard of postpartum care and family leave I experienced after the birth of my own two children in Germany motivates me to help create a culture that protects and honors new mothers, babies and fathers as well. My goal is to provide nonjudgmental support and be a calm and caring presence in which families and babies feel safe and listened to. I hold, bounce and burp babies with welcoming arms and love being a part of their precious and fleeting first year.”
Day and Evening Infant Care Specialists
Anna Maria Jude
North Star Newborns is happy to announce another newborn/infant nanny joining our excellent staff! We welcome Anna Maria Jude ~ mother of ten, and grandmother of eight. Anna Maria and her husband Peter are extraordinary parents. Anna Maria brings with her the experience, trust, and gentleness your baby needs.
Anna Maria has always been drawn to the miraculous gift of new life. It is second nature to her to care for little ones both having come from a large family and raising one herself. She is thoroughly enjoying her ten children and five grandchildren. She is fascinated in the way a child discovers the world around them and thrives through love, trust, touch, observation, as well as verbal and playful interaction. Anna Maria continues to explore the social and emotional development of children while raising a child with special needs and appreciates the opportunity to learn from many medical professionals. Anna Maria is looking forward to supporting mothers in life’s most important work – the care of their children.
Hannah Marie Struck, RN
Hannah is currently a Labor, Delivery, Recovery & Postpartum skilled nurse working in Labor and Delivery at United hospital in St. Paul. Hannah has a strong passion in guiding mothers and families with their experience in the miracle of birth. That passion carries over into working with newborns. Hannah has the special honor of being North Star Newborns very first “hire”, and we could not have made a better choice. We are very proud of Hannah and our families love her.
Hannah is experienced in providing safe and compassionate care. She is a strong advocate for breastfeeding and helping mothers with infant latch, position, pumping, and feeding a newborn. She is also an educator of newborn care and changes in life with parenthood.
- Minnesota Licensed Registered Nurse
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Provider
- Basic Life Saving (BLS) & First Aid Certified
Jenna has a Bachelors degree in Child Psychology and Masters degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family Therapy. She is certified in child and adult CPR and First Aid and has completed 30 hours of postpartum doula training through DONA. Jenna also welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Asher into the world in December of 2018.
Jenna lived abroad in Honduras for 5 years and volunteered at an orphanage of 500 children during the first year of her stay. She learned the Spanish language while there and is bilingual.
Jenna’s passion and heart has always been to work for and serve families. She has done full-time nanny work for more than six years, and this has included work with infant twins and an infant singlet beginning at two weeks of age. While volunteering for 13 months at the orphanage, she worked mainly with children ages 1-4 and was surrounded by children of all ages. She has also worked as a caseworker for families in domestic infant adoption for 3.5 years. As a postpartum doula, she has worked with 6 different families in varying capacities during the “4th trimester” following birth. Additionally, she has worked in education for a total of 3.5 years and in mental health counseling for a total of nearly 2 years. The infant care journey is her next step in supporting parents, children, and families!
“I have always loved babies. I loved helping my mother (who ran an in-house day care in our home) with every new infant she cared for and have memories of doting on young cousins. I babysat infants and young children as an adolescent. I also gained experience as a PCA (personal care assistant) for a child with severe disabilities which included a feeding tube. After I got married, I longed to be a mother and was blessed with two babies of my own. Nowadays, they are school aged (5 & 6) and I am honored to be able to share my talent for infant care with North Star Newborns families. I will bring my positivity and patience to your home and am delighted to be able to share in that delicate first year of your child’s life.”
Angela is CPR and BLS Certified.
Alyssa Skarda, RN
Alyssa is a Labor and Delivery nurse at the Mother Baby Center and also works in recovery and postpartum care. She adores her job of being able bring little lives into the world. Alyssa is excited to be a part of North Star Newborns and feels honored to help moms through the postpartum/newborn period.
Before she became an RN, Alyssa was a nanny for several years for many different families – including twins and triplets!
- CPR/BLS certified
- NRP certified
- Early breastfeeding class experience
Lisa is a mother of 3 lovely elementary-aged kids. She has a Bachelors degree in Sociology and took many courses in Psychology. In addition to her personal parenting experience, she recently completed a Newborn Care Specialist class and is CPR certified.
Lisa breastfed her children and also used cloth diapers. One of her sons needed to change to Neocate formula due to allergies, so she has personal experience with both ways of feeding a newborn.
After staying home to care for her kids for 5 years, she is excited to enter the work world again. Prior to staying home she managed a home with 8 developmentally disabled adults/children. Before that, she was a PCA for a young boy with DiGeorge Syndrome.
Lisa has always had a passion for helping/caring for people, especially babies! It all started when she was 4 years old at home with her mother during the days. Her mom took care of a neighbors baby and Lisa was by her side helping with everything.
Lisa is very excited to work with the North Star Newborn clients and support them through this new and exciting time of life.
Anne has always loved kids of all ages, but she especially loves those under 1 year old because they change, learn, and grow so quickly. She was previously a teacher and also trained to be a postpartum doula before switching to full-time nannying. She has worked for over 100 families in the Twin Cities area in the last 25 years, and has extensive experience working with infants, including many sets of twins and a set of triplets. Babies are soothed by her calm, gentle demeanor, and she adores holding them close while on a walk, reading to them, or speaking in French.
Abby Van Meveren, RN
Abby is currently halfway through her masters degree in nursing. She works part time in a number of positions at Lifetime Fitness: child center, member services, and personal trainer. She has a passion for working with children of all ages, especially babies, which she discovered nannying her nephew who is now 2. Before starting graduate school, Abby served many years as a camp counselor, specializing in grades 1st through 3rd, and camp nurse. She loves that interactions with each child is a unique journey.
Abby is eager and excited to start at North Star Newborns and support families with their new endeavors!
“I live in Blaine, wife (married for 33 years), a mother of five grown children, and a grandmother of four (not including the “four legged” variety). I was blessed to be an at-home mom and I owned/provided home daycare for many families. It was not unusual to find 12 children (of all ages) under foot at any time – “the more the merrier,” one might say. Taking care of children and working with “little ones” comes naturally to me.
“I have my Master’s Degree in Special Education and have been working in special education and with families and their students’ with disabilities for the past 18+ years. But life is urging me to leave the classroom and calling me back to “little ones.” My motto: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I am a teacher and nurturer by nature. For me, working with people and children is a passion and a labor of love. I know the value of listening to others. Over the years, I have experienced and witnessed the ups and downs of raising children and trying to juggle all the demands life puts on us. It is important to find the best care and support for our children when we ourselves can’t be there. That’s what excites me about being a part of North Star Newborns. I get connected to awesome clients and have the opportunity to provide professional, loving, and caring support to families when they need it most. Like they say, “It takes a Village.””
- Basic Life Saving (BLS) & First Aid certified
- Newborn Care Specialist Certification
Libby Otto, RN
Libby is currently a neonatal nurse in a level II/III nursery at Children’s Minnesota, a unit that specializes in caring for babies from birth to twelve months. She comes with a lot of experience with premature and special needs infants as well as experience helping mothers with breastfeeding, pumping, and infant feeding. Neonatal nursing is her new-found passion, and she loves helping, educating, and supporting new families with this wonderful transition.
Her prior nursing experience includes pediatric intensive care and general adult.
- Minnesota Licensed Registered Nurse
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Provider
- Basic Life Support (BLS) & First Aid Certified
My name is Anna Wilson, I am pursuing certification as a Postpartum Doula and am so excited to have the opportunity to work for Northstar Newborns. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor, 4-year trained Literacy Aide through AmeriCorps, and assisted in an AMI accredited Montessori for over a year. Childcare has been my passion all my life but I am equally as passionate about supporting the family and the home. I cannot wait to meet you!
Heidi Ripplinger, PCD, CLEC, TIP
Hello! I’m Heidi. I am a skilled and professionally trained Postpartum Doula through Modern Doula Education, a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC) through University of California San Diego. I am certified as a Trauma Informed Professional by Childbirth International, and a trained Birth Rights Advocate with Birth Monopoly via Evidence Based Birth. I’ve recently completed the Compassionate Care course with the University of Dundee as well as Centre of Excellence Master Herbalist Diploma. I am a member in good standing with the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists. I am also certified in CPR and AED as taught by the American Red Cross.
Along with my current practice, I’m training to qualify as a Midwifery Assistant through Birth Arts International, with a projected completion of March 2020. I’ve lived in the metro for many years. I have two amazing kids who are 18 and 13.
I’ll meet you where you’re at on your journey. My job is to support you, to help you, to offer evidence based information when asked, to educate and to counsel. My role is one of non-judgement, to be an advocate for you and your family, and a sounding board when you need.
As a young child I always had the desire to take care of children, whether my own or other kids. I have had many opportunities to do that through my career in nursing. I have been a Labor and Delivery nurse since 2006. I have been married to my husband, Eric, since 2008, and we have beautiful twin girls (which was my dream). I have a lifetime of working with kids and multiples. I enjoy the entire infant spectrum. My children have taught me patience, multitasking, and of course, compassion. I am certified in BLS and NRP.
“I am a 35 year old mother of 4 children with 8+ years of experience as a professional nanny and childcare provider. I have completed Postpartum Doula training and have my certificate as a Childhood Specialist from Rasmussen College. I Love babywearing, attachment parenting and living a clean and healthy lifestyle. I enjoy football and movies when I am not spending time with my children reading books and playing games.
I look forward to caring for your most precious baby and giving any and all guidance you may need!”
Samantha Privratsky, RN
Samantha is currently a labor and delivery, antepartum, and postpartum nurse at United Hospital. She loves supporting women and families during this incredibly special time in their lives. Her passion for labor and delivery nursing is driven by the belief that women are strong, powerful and autonomous! It is an honor for her to be able to witness this strength daily.
Before working as a registered nurse, Samantha went to school for music therapy and received her bachelors’ degree in anthropology. She worked as a nanny, a camp counselor, a camp nurse at Concordia Language Villages, an emergency medical technician, and a dental healthcare specialist for the Healthcorps in Ukiah, California. She finds joy in sharing music, language, outdoor activities, and games with children and newborns!
Samantha’s first nursing job was working in a level I and level II neonatal nursery in Bemidji, Minnesota. She is excited to care for newborns again because it is a time of incredible growth, learning and excitement! Plus, she thinks they are so darn cute.
• Minnesota Licensed Registered Nurse• Certified Lactation Counselor
• Certified Lactation Counselor
• Basic Life Saving (BLS) & First Aid Certified
“I am a wife, mother and grandmother of 10. My younger days were spent raising kids, kissing booboos, wiping noses, changing diapers, and changing more diapers, packing lunches for school, helping with homework, making sure all kids were well fed and well behaved. Once they grew and didn’t need as much help, I went to work. Most of those years were spent as a Manager of a Photo Studio and making sure all those boys knew where they needed to be, taking care of all their customer’s needs from estimating jobs, scheduling models to finding props and making sure all bills were paid, and spending time with my grandchildren whenever possible. Then, as luck would have it, I was able to once again return to taking care of the smallest of them all. I have spent the last year taking care of an infant as a nanny. Making sure once again, the noses are wiped, the booboos are kissed and another child is happy and healthy.”
• Basic Life Saving (BLS) & First Aid Certified
“I have always been a caretaker at heart. I married my college sweetheart and we have 3 children. I breastfed my two biological children and bottle fed our third little one whom we adopted. Before being married I gained experience in walking alongside families as a long-term nanny. Once married my husband and I were houseparents for 10 teenage boys. Then I was the Residential Supervisor of a group home for 4 special needs adult men for several years. All of these experiences have helped shape who I am now and I’m very grateful to be able to support moms and dads in this special time of bringing home a baby. I have been a postpartum doula for the last 2 years and have loved it. I have experience working with families who welcome home twins. I am First Aid and CPR certified for infants, children and Adults. I’m very excited to be apart of the North Star Newborn team. “
• Basic Life Saving (BLS), CPR & First Aid Certified
Bachelors in Child Development. Masters of Early childhood education; Concordia university St. Paul
“I have been working with children for over 15 years. My experience includes; infant nanny, childcare centers infant classrooms, and licensed home childcare. I also taught in classes for infants and toddlers in ECFE. I am the Mother of 2 teenage boys. I am excited to be caring for infants and newborns and working with families during this stage!”
CPR and first aid certified
SIDS and shaken baby training
Allie Mareck, RN
Allie is currently a neonatal nurse in a level II/III nursery at a local children’s hospital and working on her master’s degree for family nurse practitioner. She has experience taking care of premature and special needs infants. This past January, she completed a service trip to Guatemala to teach neonatal resuscitation to midwives. Prior to her current position, she worked on a pediatric unit where she cared for children from 3 days to 18 years old. She has a passion for the infant population and is certified in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).
Alyson Bergman, RN
My name is Alyson and I live in Lino Lakes with my husband and 9 year old daughter. I am a registered nurse working with infants in a level II/level III nursery at a large metro hospital. I have experience working with premature and special need infants. My prior nursing experience includes acute dialysis and cardiac. My licensure and certification includes bachelor’s in nursing (RN-BSN), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), BLS (Basic Life Support), and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Provider).
Christy Swindlehurst, RN, BSN
I am currently a neonatal nurse in a level II/III nursery at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. This unit specialized in caring for babies from birth to 12 months. I have years of experience with premature infants with special needs, which includes assisting mom’s with breastfeeding, pumping and infant feeding. I also like to make sure significant others involved in all aspects of caring for their infants, it really takes a village to raise our little ones.
I spend most of my free time with my 3 rescue dogs, planning trips to Colorado Springs where my ‘baby’ is in college, and finding new places to explore in the Twin Cities with friends and family. I’m slowly learning to enjoy being a free range parent!!!
I have prior nursing experience with adults and general pediatric acute care, but babies are where my heart and passion lies.
• Basic Life Saving (BLS), CPR & First Aid Certified
• STABLE Certified, Neonatal Resuscitation Certified
Nicole Anderson Jude
Nicole heads up our website development and oversees all social media. Nicole is a wonderful mother of three and resident of St. Louis Park (her children can be seen on all the NSN marketing materials!). Nicole is a great resource since she understands clearly what our clients need. Nicole also works part time for Lakes Sotheby’s Realty in Wayzata.
We make a great team, and are ready to serve you and your family.