Our Comprehensive Care Team

Our on-site team includes midwives, doulas, nurses, acupuncturists, chiropractic care, massage therapy,  family counselors, lactation consultants, postpartum doulas, childbirth educators and more, all working together to support you and your family through every aspect of your experience. We are all in one location!

 
 
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Anne Willits

Lead Certified Nurse Midwife and Clinical Director

Anne has been working in women’s health for over 25 years. She deeply cares about creating an atmosphere where families and women are the center of their pregnancy. Anne graduated with honors from Fairfield university with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She would go on to work in cardiology and medicine before finding her passion, caring for women during their child birth experiences.  Anne began her advanced practice nursing career as a Perinatal Nurse Practitioner with a Masters degree from Regis University and then a few years later completed Courses in Midwifery from Colorado Health Sciences Center. She thoroughly enjoys being present to educate and care for families before and during their birthing experiences.

Before working for a local Denver hospital, Anne worked transporting mothers with pregnancy complications from rural CO, WY, NE and MT via Air Life to Denver Hospitals. Calming and educating them as they flew through the skies to a hospital that could care for their special and quiet often early babies.

Anne is involved with ACNM at our local level and annually attends the Midwifery convention. She loves learning new approaches to midwifery and keeping current with practice changes.

Anne has lived her adult life in Denver and is an avid skier.  She met her husband volunteering in the Sit Ski program at Winter Parks National Sports Center for the Disabled and they continue to teach skiing for the Eskimo ski program.  They have two girls from China and Anne is a volunteer director for Chinese Heritage Camp. As a family they enjoy biking and hiking in our fantastic Colorado weather.

 
 Amanda Glaser, RN and Director of Client Education

Amanda Glaser, RN

Director of Client Education

Amanda is a Registered Nurse and the Director of Client Education here at Hygge. A New Yorker gone mountains, Amanda got her start in the birth community as a doula and placenta encapsulator in Oakland, CA, eventually getting her nursing degree right here in Denver, CO! She has the utmost respect for the process our bodies guide us through. She was drawn to Hygge due to our community-based model and integrative care approach. She believes in empowering all women and families through offering more support from preconception through the postpartum period, no matter where their journey leads them. Her highest intention is to support the creation and achievement of your unique goals with a holistic approach, a wealth of clinical knowledge, warmth, enthusiasm and as much fun as possible.

When she’s not serving families at the birth center, Amanda enjoys music, yoga, the outdoors, cooking, board games, travel and of course, spending time with her friends and family. She is also an avid glasses collector – the ones on your face and the ones that you drink from. She lives right here in the neighborhood with her husband and their many plants. She can't wait to meet you!

 
 Lauren Zielinski, midwife

Lauren Zielinski

Midwife

Lauren is excited to join the Hygge Birth and Baby Team. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing in the specialty of Nurse Midwifery at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. As an undergrad she studied at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with honors, concurrently completing an independent research  study on women's perception of the childbirth experience. Living in Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles before finding her way to Denver, she worked as a nurse in labor and delivery for 8+ years prior to beginning her career as a midwife. Lauren is deeply passionate about women's health and empowerment and is the founder of a grassroots women's health and sex education organization in the Denver community - which is the only child she has ever birthed.

Lauren's primary goal as a midwife is to inspire strength and knowledge in every women she cares for through education, laughter, community, friendship and normalizing the pregnancy and birth experience. She loves out of hospital birth, has felt called to become a midwife since before she can remember and feels she is completing her life's work and fulfilling her dreams in this field. In her free time Lauren enjoys photography, hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, canoeing in her old red 17 foot canoe named Rosie, traveling internationally, live music, dancing and snuggling her two 1/2 siamese cats. She is thrilled to be a part a team offering holistic and comprehensive care to women in the Denver area and to see what Hygge Birth and Baby has in store in the future.

 
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Jessica Goodman, MSTCM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac

Acupuncturist

Jessica is passionate about treating families, particularly women and children. She draws on her own journey to becoming a mother—difficulty getting pregnant with her first, having a homebirth with her oldest son, unexpectedly getting pregnant with twins, and having an un-medicated vaginal birth in the hospital—to empower women to have the pregnancy and birth they desire. She has extensive training in acupuncture during pregnancy, childbirth and throughout the post-partum period. Additionally, Jessica has training in pediatrics and the use of Chinese medicine in children. Her goal is to sit for the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) exam in January 2019.

Jessica is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of Colorado. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. Her training includes over 3000 hours in Chinese medicine, western medicine, and clinical internships. Jessica is the former owner of Denver Community Acupuncture, co-founder of The Vitality Project, and an essential oils educator with doTERRA. In her free time, she can be found playing with her three sons, her husband and their dog.

 
 Dr. Melissa Schiefer is the chiropractor at the Hygge Birth Center in Denver.

Dr. Melissa Schiefer

Chiropractor

Dr. Melissa found a passion for working with mommas, infants and kiddos while in Chiropractic school and has never looked back. She quickly learned that Chiropractic care helps to support families through healthy pregnancies, natural births and beyond, by emphasizing the bodies ability to heal itself and its inherent recuperative power. In 2017 she went on to become Certified in Webster Technique, care that is specially designed for women during pregnancy, and is currently pursuing her certification in Pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), which she hopes to have completed by late 2018.

Furthermore, after graduating from Chiropractic school she then went on to take courses in Natural Infertility Care, which encompasses 8 essentials to help get your body healthy and prepare you for the upcoming journey that is pregnancy.  Dr. Melissa is also certified in Acupuncture through the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and is looking to complete her diploma in the near future. Being originally from Michigan she loves the outdoors and in her spare time you will find her hiking, watching hockey and listening to Jazz with her husband.

 
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Ashley E. Walsh

Lactation Consultant

Ashley became inspired to work as a Lactation Consultant after having two vastly different breastfeeding experiences with her own children, Lola age 9, and Avery age 5. Having a background in the creative arts, it was clear that the process of becoming a Lactation Consultant would not be a simple one. Nevertheless, she persisted, and over the course of two years completed her education and internship, during which she completed over 500 hours working with hundreds of mothers and infants. Since becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Ashley has continued her dedication to helping families using evidence and research based practices in a compassionate way through her private lactation consulting business, and is thrilled to join Hygge Birth and Baby in supporting and empowering the community.

As an IBCLC, Ashley has the skills to help mothers and families reach their personal breastfeeding goals, whatever they may be. Her areas of expertise include helping mothers and infants achieve and maintain a pain-free latch, assessing and treating low milk supply, creating comprehensive individualized care plans, offering thorough return to work education and support, and much more. Her philosophy is that breastfeeding can be an enjoyable, rewarding, fulfilling experience when families have a positive support network, and that the benefits of mother’s milk are immeasurable. She is here to empower you with the confidence to trust in your body and your baby, and to support you through every step of your breastfeeding journey.

 
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Sarah Lopez

Hygge Doula

Sarah Lopez has been a certified DONA birth doula since May of 2016. She has attended a variety of births including unique situations such as twins and surrogacy. She was one of the first doulas to be a part of the Denver Health Doula Program, Colorado’s first hospital based volunteer doula program. Sarah also works with a program through Children’s Hospital that provides doula support for pregnant women that have immune deficiency disorders. In March of 2017 she began to work with the Nurse Recovery Program at Lutheran Medical Center. A doula for every person is Sarah’s passion and it shows in the variety of families that she provides services to.

Most importantly, she is a mother of two active teenagers. Baseball, volleyball and band activities keep the whole family busy. Sarah is working to finish her Psychology degree with plans to began working for a Certified Addictions Counselor certificate in the Spring of 2018.

 
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Megan Palsgrove

Family Services Coordinator

Megan Palsgrove is Hygge’s Family Services Coordinator. She works with families through challenging experiences such as adoption, surrogacy, postpartum and birth trauma.  Megan also connects our families to needed resources within the community.

Megan has many years of experience with children and families in education, social work, residential treatment care, and child care settings. She has extensive experience in navigating systems, collaborating with professionals, and advocating for individuals. She is looking forward to meeting new families and facilitating their unique birthing journey.

The Story of Hygge Birth and Baby

Tara and Miki met in 2006 while working at the same employee benefits firm. They became close friends and a second family to each other.  They also had a shared vision for empowering women, supporting communities and a desire to start a company that would have a lasting impact on the community.   After experiencing four very different births between the two of them, Tara and Miki found themselves serving as sounding boards for other women, and their passion for birth work began.  Bringing together their unique understanding from their own births with their passion and commitment for expanding choices available to women, they completed their doula certification and started working as doulas, helping women to create their own ideal birth experiences. As doulas they were immediately struck by how great the need for additional resources was for families.  Passionate about educating women about their health, pregnancies, choices in childbirth, breastfeeding and family life, they set out to create a company that had all the aspects of hygge.

Hygge, as Tara and Miki found, was the perfect word that describes the deep sense of peace that comes with being surrounded by relaxing settings, family, and love. Hygge Birth and Baby was born!

In addition to Hygge Birth and Baby,  Miki sits on the board for ACE Scholarships and the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation, and Tara sits on the board for Work Options for Women.

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Tara Duncan

Owner, Co-Founder and Hygge Doula

Tara M. Duncan is a mother, attorney, doula and business woman who is passionate about empowering women, especially around birth and family. She recently resigned from the corporate world of Employment Law, where she primarily worked with Employee Health and Welfare Benefits to follow her passion for birth. Tara believes in empowering women through support and education before, during and after childbearing. She believes that empowered women, lead to empowered families and that is the foundation for an empowered community.

Tara and her husband Malik have two girls, Austin who is 9, and Evan who is 6.   Tara is the Vice-Chairman of the Board for Work Options for Women . She enjoys running, power yoga and experiencing as much Hygge as she can, as often as she can!

 
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Miki Tynan

Owner, Co-founder and Hygge Doula

Miki B. Tynan is a mother, doula and business women who through many experiences and conversations about birth found her deep passion for providing women and their families with births of their own, not one that is defined for them by others. This drive compelled her to become a doula and then open Hygge Birth and Baby.  As a doula she works with families to bring their babies into the world each with their own unique birth story.  

Miki and her husband John have two boys, Chase who is 4 and Luke who is 2.  She enjoys sports, being with her boys, and participating in her nonprofits. She works with ACE Scholarships as chair of the Associate Board and sits on the Board for Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation.