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.
As a mother, grandmother, postpartum doula, advanced newborn care specialist, Happiest Baby Educator, and baby sleep expert, 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, postpartum doulas, and registered nurses.
- Certified DONA Postpartum Doula
- Newborn Care Specialist/Newborn Care Training Academy
- Advanced Newborn Care Specialist/Newborn Care Solutions Institute
- Sleep Consultant
- Certified HBE/Dr. Harvey Karp
- CPR Certified
- Ten plus years as a professional nanny
- Past La Leche League Member and Leader
Anna Maria is a mother of 10 children and 10 grandchildren. She comes with 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 along with her husband, Peter. She is fascinated by the way a child thrives through love, trust, touch, observation, and verbal and playful interaction. Anna Maria continues to explore the social, emotional, and physical development of children and loves to assist them in meeting the next developmental milestones and discovering the world around them. Anna Maria delights in supporting parents in life’s most important work-the upbringing and care of their children.
Alyssa, a Labor and Delivery nurse is now a new mother to a beautiful baby girl. Alyssa joined our team when we were just starting out, and her work helped to build a strong foundation of trust with our Twin Cities families.
Alyssa will be taking a lead role in a new endeavor ~ our very own Nurse On Call! More information will be coming soon.
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
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
Nicole heads up our website development and oversees all social media. Nicole is a wonderful mother of four 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.
Taylor has always had a passion for working with children. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she worked for 8+ years as a career nanny assisting families with newborns/infants, toddlers, multiples, and school-aged children. Her most recent experience has been working as a newborn sleep consultant. She has over 3000 hours of firsthand,
overnight care working with newborns, including multiples, and encouraging great sleep habits from day one. Along with establishing good routines and sleep plans, she helps parents adjust to their new roles by answering questions about basic baby care or by providing support to new
moms when it’s needed most. Welcoming a baby into the home is a delicate transition for everyone, and she loves more than anything to help support families. She has two children of her own who are now in elementary school and is looking forward to filling the next chapter of her life working with newborns again!
-CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
-Newborn Sleep Consultant
-Newborn Care Consultant
Whitney has an affinity for babies! With a background in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as years working as an Infant teacher, nanny and NCS; Whitney is very knowledgeable about babies and their needs.
As an NCS, Whitney thrives to make sure clients are thriving and not just surviving.
Whitney has a natural calming and reassuring presence which shows when she is working with clients.
Amanda has had a lifelong passion for working with infants, children, and their families. While in school obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology and family studies, Amanda found her love for nannying when she began caring for a 4-week-old infant. This introduction to nannying, catapulted Amanda’s career and desire to work with children and families. To date, she has 15 years of nanny experience, two years of special education teaching experience, and over 5,000 hours working with infants under one year of age. Amanda has worked with premature newborns and full-term newborns, including multiple sets of twins. Throughout the newborn phase, she has helped families find rest and a sense of peace. Amanda is passionate about helping families establish routines, including good and safe sleeping practices.
Hi! I am Hannah, a graduate from Bethel University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I was able to complete this degree alongside competing in a collegiate sport. In the fall, I will be continuing my education by pursuing a Masters in Strategic Leadership. Before coming to work for North Star, I volunteered in my home church nursery back in Kentucky. I also worked as a nanny and babysitter for infants and toddlers-including my newborn nephew. Recently, I completed 150 hours in the Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s St. Paul. Here, I was able to care for preemies, twins, and newborns with a range of intensive care diagnoses and needs. Soon, I will be also working as a nurse on a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
I have a passion for providing quality and individualized care to infants and mothers. As a Newborn Care Specialist and nurse, I want to provide holistic care to every infant I get to care for. I am very excited to continue caring for infants in this exciting time for families!
- Minnesota Licensed Registered Nurse/Public Health Nurse
- BLS certified
- Newborn Care Specialist
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Vicki’s expertise ranges across business development, managerial structures, gaps within newborn care health services, and professional/ creative writing. She serves on our advisory board encouraging growth, and continued commitment to excellence in newborn care. This passion is reflected in everything she does. She is committed to spreading awareness to hospitals throughout the country about misidentification and the risk of infection with the ID Bands currently used on newborns and infants. Vicki is also the author of two children’s books, Oh Baby It’s A Clear Lake and Oh Mother How Funny. She is consistently bringing new ideas and products to North Star Newborns and the families we serve.
Connect with Vicki on LinkedIn.
Sara is a mother to one middle school-aged daughter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and is a professionally trained (CAPPA) postpartum doula. She is also certified as a newborn care specialist and is CPR certified
Sara has been a full-time nanny for 20 plus years. This has included work with preemies, newborn twins, and newborn triplets. She has also cared for children ages 1 to 5.
Sara has worked as a newborn care specialist and postpartum doula for years, 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.
My husband & I live in Eden Prairie & are the parents of two wonderful adult sons. I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home Mom. I have always had a passion for newborns & infants, & started babysitting at a very young age.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Child Development & Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. I am certified in child & adult CPR & basic life support. I have been working as a postpartum doula / infant-caregiver since 2018.
It is a privilege to provide comfort & care for these tiny new lives, as well assisting & supporting parents.
I love being part of the North Star Newborns team!
Katy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into the homes of our clients. She is a year one student in the Elite Newborn Care Specialist program through Newborn Care Solutions. This program is rigorous and requires dedication. Newborn Care Solutions only allows a select number of students who meet their very specific criteria into the program, and North Star Newborns is proud of Katy for being one of those students! Further, she 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 and family. It takes someone with experience to achieve what Katy does.
Katy got a degree in Recording and Music Technology and has a love for the arts. In her spare time, Katy likes to travel and enjoys seeing live music.
She is available for overnights, and sleep consultations. Katy is excited to work with families and share her knowledge!
CLEC (Certified Lactation Educator Counselor)
Brandy has been a resident of the southern Twin Cities almost her whole life. Caring for little ones has also been a passion for the majority of her life. She has over 25 years of experience caring for children in a variety of settings including in child care centers, preschool classrooms and in homes as a full-time mom and nanny. Brandy has experience with children with a range of special needs alongside typically developing children. She’s a wife and mother of 3. Her family was built through adoption and birth. Her 3 children are preparing to fly the nest while Brandy continues to desire to nurture families through the transitions of adding new little family members. She enjoys nothing more than cuddling a swaddled baby and chatting with a parent. Brandy is trained as both a Newborn Care Specialist and Postpartum Doula (CAPPA).
Brandy’s other passions include quilting, soap making, and travel, especially internationally.
Hi! I’m Paula and I am an experienced Newborn Care Specialist trained by Newborn Care Solutions as well as a Postpartum Doula trained by DONA International. I’ve earned a degree in Early Childhood Education, along with continuing certifications in CPR, First Aid, and SIDS Prevention. I have many years of experience working with multiples, preemies, and newborns/infants. My goal is to help families love and enjoy this most exciting, yet exhausting postnatal time!
I’ve been blessed with a lifetime of caring for children and families and I hope my experience can be of service to you. I began my childcare career by running my licensed home daycare for 13 years while raising my four children. This was such a blessing, and once my children were in school I knew I wanted to continue caring for infants and families!
Hence, began an 8-year journey as a Lead Infant teacher for the General Mills Infant Care Center, and Primrose. The joy I found in the infant rooms, and the training and experience gained working in center-based care was priceless!
Taking my love-based care to a more personal level I joined a beautiful
family for 8 years as their Nanny and Household Manager. Sharing my
knowledge & skills to assist in raising their child from newborn to school age was an extremely rewarding experience. I am fortunate to still be a part of their family dynamics!
Returning to my passion of infant care as a Newborn Care Specialist and
Postpartum Doula has been an absolute joy for me. I specialize in establishing healthy eat and sleep patterns for baby, as well as providing parents with the rest and confidence needed to successfully enjoy this miraculous time. I look forward to being of service to you!
Hi, my name is Erica, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with your growing family. I have a daughter who is 9 years old, and is in fourth grade, and a son who is 7 years old and is in first grade. I have been married to my husband since 2008, and we live in Shakopee, MN. I began babysitting at a young age and progressed to a full-time nanny as I put myself through college. I was a chemical dependency counselor for 15 years prior to making a career change. Being a former counselor, I believe that my strengths are being compassionate, advocating for others, problem-solving, and engaging in active listening. I have always been drawn to helping others and am a natural-born caretaker! I am a trained DONA birth Doula and find it incredible watching life being brought into this world! Additionally, working as a postpartum Doula, is something that I am very passionate about. I am certified as a postpartum Doula through Modern Doula Education. Allowing families to get rest and have an extra set of hands during the fourth trimester and beyond is crucial. I look forward to connecting and being of service to your growing family!
Megan has always been drawn to infants and supporting families in their journey through parenthood. As a current nursing student, with over ten years of experience in birth work and an active member of the birthing community, Megan is passionate about providing informed and inclusive care for all. Megan has a peaceful and grounding presence. When she is not immersing herself in birth work Megan spends time with family, hiking, reading, learning, serving, and supporting her community. She is NRP, CPR, BLS, Doula, and Lactation trained and certified. Megan is elated to be a part of the NSN family and is looking forward to making connections with families.
Hannah has the special honor of being North Star Newborns very first “hire”, and we could not have made a better choice. Hannah will always have a place of honor on our website even though she has moved out of state and has a baby of her own now. We are hoping that one day she returns to Minnesota and continues her glorious work with our families. We love you Hannah!
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 is a mother of 3 lovely children. She has always loved babies and is exceptional at caring for them! She has been supporting parents and caring for babies through North Star Newborns for 3 years. Lisa enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with the parents to make them feel more confident and prepared as the baby grows. She is intuitive and calm-spirited when it comes to giving your baby the best care possible while also fostering the development of age-appropriate skills. She has experience with bottle training infants that refuse the bottle to start with and has worked with twins.
Before starting with North Star Newborns, Lisa worked with children and adults with disabilities for many years. This helped grow her skills in many ways, especially patience. She was a PCA for a young boy that required full care and even got to take him to school where she passed his meds, set up his feeding pump, and made sure he got his daily therapies completed. Lisa has been passionate about caring for others her whole life, especially infants. It all started when she was 4 years old at home with her mother during the days. Her mom took care of a neighbor’s baby and Lisa was by her side helping with everything.
- Bachelor’s degree in Sociology
- Infant and Adult CPR/AED certified
- Experience with cloth diapers
- Newborn Care Specialist
- Experience with food intolerances and Neocate formula
Through her own experiences with her children, plus the 3 years with this company, she is an asset to anyone that she works with. Lisa loves working with the North Star Newborn clients and supporting them through this new and exciting time of life!
Hello! I’m Heidi. I am a skilled and professionally trained Postpartum Doula through Modern Doula Education, a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC) through the 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.
I’ve lived in the metro for many years. I have two amazing kids who are 20 and 15. Along with my passion for supporting new mamas during their postpartum year, I also love travel, photography, and hanging out with my kiddos.
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-judgment, to be an advocate for you and your family, and a sounding board when you need.
Hi, my name is Renee, and I’m the mother of three wonderful kids. I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for 17 years. I’ve gotten the privilege in my life to work with at-risk teenagers, special needs adults, as a foster parent and as a nanny for over 10 years. I’m now a Postpartum Doula certified with Dona international. All of these experiences have helped shape me into who I am today, and I’m very grateful to be able to support parents in this tender time of bringing home a baby. As a postpartum Doula I encourage parents to rest, as rest is a critical pathway towards health and wellness. I love to help families transition smoothly when a baby arrives. I’m so happy to be a part of the North Star Newborns community.
- PCD(DONA), Basic Life Saving BLS, CPR & First Aid certified,
Therese is a mom of two wonderful teenage boys. She has always had a passion for children and infants, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University in St. Paul. Her educational background is coupled with extensive experience working with infants and toddlers. She has been an infant nanny, childcare provider in an infant classroom, licensed home childcare worker, and worked in early childhood family education for 5 years.
Therese has extensive experience with overnight care for newborns and infants. You can count on Therese to provide calm, confident, experienced care for your new baby.
Therese is very excited to be caring for newborns and infants and to be working with families during this special time in their lives.
CPR and First Aid Certificated
SIDS and SUID training
Studying at the University of Minnesota to become a physician’s assistant, Rachel is passionate about giving quality holistic care to those entrusted to her. She is looking forward to sharing in the excitement of bringing a newborn into the family. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys outdoor activities. She is also a figure skating coach and an aunt to many.
- CPR Certified
- Echocardiography Certified
- Registered Diagnostic Cardigan Sonographer
Meredith Kramer is a Certified Lactation Counselor, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant licensed in MN, and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She has active BLS and PALS certifications.
In addition to her work with North Star Newborns, she works as an inpatient rehab Occupational Therapy Assistant, treating patients with brain and spinal cord injuries. She is an on-call doula at HCMC, contracting through Everyday Miracles. As a former nanny, she is also the Nursery Coordinator at her church.
In her spare time, Meredith volunteers for the MN Milk Bank for Babies as a Courier and Postpartum Support International as a Peer Coordinator, connecting birthing families to community resources.
Meredith is married with a toddler, whom she has breastfed since birth. Breastfeeding her child has been, and continues to be, the greatest joy of her life. She loves sharing this special bond with her child and other parents.
Meredith’s ultimate dream is to work in Lactation Occupational Therapy in both the inpatient/NICU and outpatient settings — as a Doctor of Occupational Therapy and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is currently completing a 500+ hour clinical lactation internship, preparing to sit for the IBLCE exam in Spring 2024.
Soma is the Executive Administrative Assistant, and she is thrilled to be working at North Star Newborns. She helps oversee projects and streamline office operations. Soma is the co-founder of the premier UNC system’s undergraduate human rights journal, Dignity. Human rights work is what motivates Soma, and at the center of that work is children’s rights. When not working, she is pursuing her passion for writing, human trafficking research, hiking and advocacy work.