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.

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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
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Anna Maria

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.

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Alyssa, RN

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
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Samantha, 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
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Nicole

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.

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Renee

Renee is a skilled, trained postpartum doula, newborn care specialist, and infant nanny. She has a Psychology Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University, and a MN Infant & Toddler Credential. She also has taken several early childhood development and child psychology courses. Furthermore, she has worked as a nanny for nine years, primarily caring for newborns, infants, and toddlers. Renee has experience caring for preemies, special needs, and many sets of newborn twins. She has also worked as an infant teacher in daycare centers and volunteered in church nurseries.

Babies are soothed by her calm, gentle demeanor, and she always tries to respect their individuality and unique needs. She enjoys taking babies on walks, singing songs, reading books, and she adores snuggling babies. Renee is passionate about being compassionate and nurturing with both newborns and new mothers. She is an advocate for breastfeeding and supports mothers in making the right decisions for their family. Renee lives in the suburbs of St. Paul with her husband, her two young sons, and two cats. In her free time she enjoys going on walks, reading books, spending time with friends, and relaxing on the beach.

Renee is BLS CPR & First Aid certified and she is vaccinated for Covid-19.

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Sora
As the daughter of a midwife/nurse practitioner, older sister to twin siblings, and intuitive caregiver to her core, Sora has grown up surrounded by and in celebration of all things birth, babies, and beyond. She has been working with families as a postpartum doula since 2017 and has worked as a nanny and childcare provider for the past 15+ years. She is a certified lactation counselor and educator and is currently working towards becoming an IBCLC through UCSD’s Lactation Consultant program.
 
After graduating from Smith College with a degree in developmental psychology and elementary education, Sora taught for four years in Boston before moving to Los Angeles where she worked as a homeschool teacher. After taking time off to travel internationally with a world-music singing ensemble in 2017, Sora returned ready for a career shift and began the wonderful and fulfilling journey of working as a postpartum doula and lactation educator. She recently moved to the Twin Cities and is thrilled to be joining a team of wonderful caregivers who provide quality and trusted care to babies and families. It is Sora’s goal to combine her range of experiences and education with her ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent doula and lactation educator who will make a positive contribution to every family with which she has the honor to work.
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Taylor

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

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Hannah

Hi! I am Hannah, a soon-to-be 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. 

I have a passion for providing quality and individualized care to infants and mothers. As a Newborn Care Specialist and soon-to-be 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! 

  • Soon to be Minnesota Licensed Registered Nurse
  • BLS certified 
  • Newborn Care Specialist 
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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.

www.nsn-babysoft.com

Connect with Vicki on LinkedIn.

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Sara

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.

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Nancy

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!

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Katy

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!

CPR/AED
CLEC (Certified Lactation Educator Counselor)
Sleepwonders Certified

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Karla

I live with my husband in Minnetonka and am a mom of two teenage sons. Ever since I was a pre-teen, I have enjoyed caring for children through babysitting, assisting in my mom’s home-centered daycare, 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.

 

  • CPR/AED Certified
  • Newborn Care Specialist Certified
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Brandy

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.

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Paula

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!

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Soma

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. 

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

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Hannah, RN

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
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Lisa

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!

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Heidi 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 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.

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Renee

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, 
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Sheila

Becoming an aunt at 11 started my love and wonder of babies. Being number 8 out of 9 children, I was around many and became very busy on weekends watching my nieces and nephews as well as my brothers and sisters friends’ kids. In 2002, I became a mom for the first time. I did not want to miss a minute of her development. I stayed home with her and was entrusted with my friend’s colicky son. She did not trust anyone else to take care of him. She did not think anyone else could provide the love and have enough patience. Shortly after I had my son. My family was complete. 

I worked a year after high school for the YMCA in an infant room, working predominantly with teenage single moms. In college, I minored in Sociology taking coursework in human development and social work. I interned at the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery providing respite for families in emergent need of care and support. I was a certified childbirth educator and taught newborn care to expecting parents. I worked in my children’s school district as a special education paraprofessional. Recently received the certificate for Newborn Care Specialist and I am working on the Advanced coursework. I am BLS/CPR certified and fully vaccinated.

Above all, I exude love for babies. When we are out my children tease me because they know they are going to stop many times as I admire babies out and about. Taking care of babies is second nature to me. I am intuitive, attentive, and will care for your child as my own. 

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Andrea
Hello Families! My name is Andrea. I’m a former L&D/NICU RN (majority of my ten years were spent at Southdale Hospital)—turned IVF RN Coordinator Edina. 
 
My husband (also a nurse!) and I have been married for 19 years, and we have four kids: twin daughters who are 18, an 11-year-old daughter, and a 7-year-old son. I’ve also been blessed to have carried five babies as a gestational surrogate. 
 
I am Covid/influenza vaccinated (& boosted) and receive the tdaP vaccine against pertussis, every two years.
My love for babies and their families started when I was young! I was always the baby whisperer in our family and would babysit many nights of the week for older cousins and friends of my parents. When I graduated high school I moved to Philadelphia and lived with a family as a nanny to their three boys while going to college. It was an awesome experience and those boys are still “my guys” 20 years later!
I have experience as a twin mom, momma of a very colicky baby (we survived!), and then mom to a preemie. I also have sleep training experience both as a mom as well as having been through the “Taking Cara Babies” course.
I look forward to working and growing with your family.
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Therese

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 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

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Maggie
Maggie is a blessed mother of two. She oversees all of North Star Newborn’s social media. Coming from a large family herself, taking care of babies comes naturally. Babies have always been her passion as she nannied all during and even after college just to stay in the beautiful family atmosphere and to help moms when they needed it most. As a stay-at-home mom, babies (who grow up to quickly!) are her greatest joy in life!!!