Meet our exceptionally talented

newborn care specialists
and postpartum care doulas

We have pediatricians and mental health physicians regularly recommending our team to new parents. Our team is well rounded and we have an experienced consultant in any area you need help. We have sleep consultants, lactation consultants, experienced care for multiples, and we are now offering in-home private education for families that is fact and evidence based.  All of our care providers are fully insured, CPR Certified, experienced
and above all loving.

Ellen Marie Roeser PCD(DONA), NCS, CHBE, Founder and Owner of North Star Newborns

As a mother, grandmother, doula, newborn care specialist, and HB Educator, I see the needs of families, especially when there is a new baby in the home. When my daughter let me know that many of her friends were wondering if I could care for their baby or babies, I was surprised.  She went on to explain that most do not have family members that live close by, or have anyone that they would trust caring for their most precious possession.  And that is how North Star Newborns was born.  We help protect newborns and infants by providing educated, experienced, fully vetted newborn care specialists and postpartum doulas.

  • 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
Sara Johnson

Sara is a mother to one elementary-aged daughter. She holds a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and is a professionally trained postpartum doula and newborn care specialist who is CPR certified.

Sara has been a full-time nanny for 14+ years. This has included work with premies, newborn twins and newborn triplets. She has also cared for children ages 1 to 5.

Sara has worked as a postpartum doula for almost a year, helping families during the “4th trimester”.

She has always had a passion for caring for children, especially babies! She comes from a family of 6 children and helped to take care of younger siblings at a young age!

Sara is very excited to work with the North Star Newborn clients.

Angela Montoya

“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.

Anne Skoglund

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.

Charpe Rowe

Chapre is a Minnesota native and has worked for many different families across the United States. She has over 12 years of professional nanny experience including live-in and live out, part-time, full time, overnight support as well as domestic and international travel. Chapre has trained with Newborn Care Training Academy as a Newborn Care Specialist training, as well as additional training as a birth and postpartum doula. Chapre has worked with children from newborn to 16 years old, she prides herself on being proactive, flexible, a team player, an excellent communicator and a dedicated caregiver in many different family dynamics. She has experience working with children with special needs and believes that every child has their own unique path in life. Whether it’s creating crafty newborn art, to helping with homework; Chapre is an incredible caregiver, who prides herself on her creativity, reliability and communication skills.

Nancy Fowler

My husband and I live in Wayzata, MN and are the parents of two wonderful adult sons.

When our nest became empty a year and a half ago, I realized that my need to nurture was still very strong! I became certified and have worked as a postpartum doula for the past year. I have a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. I am certified in child and adult CPR and Basic Life Support.

I have always had a passion for newborns and infants, and started babysitting at a very early age. It is a privilege to comfort and care for these tiny new lives, as well as to provide assistance and support to families.

I am thrilled to be part of the North Star Newborns team!

Katy Paurus

Kaitlyn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into the homes of our clients. Kaitlyn is certified as a Lactation Educator Counselor, and has worked with many families as a Sleep Consultant.  Katy is our baby sleep whisperer, and we are always amazed by her ability to soothe babies, which ensures they are getting the right amount of sleep at every stage during the first year. This makes for a calm and content baby.  It takes someone with experience to achieve what Katy does.  Katy is available for overnights, and sleep consultations.

Therese Macziewski

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

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

Karla Hartmann

I live with my husband in Minnetonka and am a mom to two teenage sons. I work part-time in our school’s Health Services department, providing support to our Nursing  Coordinator and  Pre-K to 12 health office team. Ever since I was a pre-teen, I have enjoyed caring for children through babysitting, assisting in my mom’s home-centered day care, and through childcare co-ops with MOMS Club friends. My Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management allowed me to continue building relationships, working with adults and children alike. I truly enjoy the early stages of a child’s growth and development. I intend to inspire trust and provide gentleness in my care. As a Certified Newborn Care Specialist, I get to continue doing what I find rewarding and would consider it an honor to provide care for your family.

In my free time, I enjoy nature, baking and walking my dog, Dexter.

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.

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.

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
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!

Anna Wilson

Anna is a trained Postpartum Doula and a Certified Lactation Counselor, 4-year trained Literacy Aide through AmeriCorps, and assisted in an AMI accredited Montessori for over a year.  “Care of children has been my passion all of my life, but I am equally as passionate about supporting the family and the home.  I cannot wait to meet you!”

Ashley Belford

“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
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).

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.

Christine Kingson

Christine is a Certified Postpartum Doula with Modern Doula. She comes to Northstar Newborns with over 35 years of experience caring for preemies, newborns, multiples and children in different environment settings and of varied ethnic backgrounds. Also with a B.S. in Early Childhood and Family Development and a B.S. in Education, she has held professional licences in Special Needs and Parent Education. As an ECFE teacher, she started the first combined infant-parent class for Brown County Community Education. She has also taught in licensed childcare settings and in St. Paul Public Schools as a specialist teacher.  When volunteering her time, she coordinated the safety/security and care for the infant nursery area at her church. Christine and her husband Ike, were licensed foster parents with Ramsey County, where she specialized in the care of premature infants for 8 years.

She has great attentiveness and the gentle skills of early intervention to help the smallest of newborns thrive and reach their full potential. There have been many times that she worked in tandem with doctors, therapists and specialists in order to provide the highest quality care possible. She has a calm spirit and has nurtured many infants and children from a richly ethnic and culturally diverse population.

Christine is the oldest in a family of 6 children and she and her husband are the parents of 7 children; four biological and three adopted. It is her passion and heart for nurturing, that will set your mind at ease to care for your infant. She will bring experience as a seasoned mother and is ready to be supportive with any concerns or questions you may have as a parent.

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.

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
Lisa Elinger

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.

Teri Guse

“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

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.

Renee Bubna

“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

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).

Interested in joining our team? Please fill out the form below.

    Applicants must have 5 plus years of newborn and infant experience, plus certification as a postpartum doula, or have a certificate of completion for a Newborn Care Specialist course.

    Please attached your resume with references.