Earth Angel Doula Care: Welcoming Your Newest Earth Angel

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Kevin
Second-time Father

Twins"O’Nell proved to be an excellent caretaker of our twins. She was very observant of their behavior and their moods and despite only spending two or three mornings a week with us, she was able to quickly pick up the rhythms of their days. Her skill and knowledge in caring for newborns, including premature ones like ours, was both reassuring and impressive.

Despite her caretaking skill and knowledge, she was never forceful in presenting what she knew, never impatient in manner, voice or gesture. She completely adapted to and supported the schedule that we had for the twins and quickly became a trusted friend/confidante/advisor to my wife.

O’Nell and her calm, gentle, and confident demeanor very quickly became a welcome presence in our house. I can’t say enough about how she integrated herself into the way our house operates.

O’Nell also has impressive personal initiative. While she was with us, she made us feel that her role was to support out family in any way she could. She would look to see if shopping needed to be done and would offer to go. She would see dishes that needed to be done and would do them. She would see laundry needing to be washed or folded and would do them. Once we found her disinfecting doorknobs to help prevent the spread of our two year old’s cold.

Within the first several days of O’Nell working with us, we realized that we didn’t want to live without her. Had she been available, we would have hired her for every waking hour of her day.

In the four months that O’Nell has been working with us, I can’t imagine a doula who could have been more caring, more competent, or given more love to our twins than she has. My wife and I both feel very privileged to have been able to have O’Nell work with us. O’Nell couldn’t have chosen a better name for her services. She deservedly earns my highest recommendation."

Julie
Second-time Mother

Julie's daughters"It was so wonderful having O'Nell's gentle, warm presence during a sometimes difficult and chaotic transition! I especially appreciated her ability to enter our home and immediately join us in whatever activity/task – matching our energy/pace or offering a complementary alternative. She was also extremely flexible – able to switch tasks spontaneously – and efficient – able to whip up a meal in a few minutes! She was reliable and timely – so reassuring in a time when little was predictable!

It seemed like not a moment was wasted – O'Nell made such good use of her time with us – she struck a perfect balance of taking the initiative to complete tasks unprompted by me (packing a snack/water bottle for an excursion with toddler), while also following my lead and remaining attuned to my needs. O'Nell has a gift with babies, toddlers, and mothers alike. I so appreciated the time she spent with our family."

Candra
First-time Mother

Candra“I have never met a person who is as aligned to the energy of newborns as profoundly as O’Nell.  There is a language that babies speak that few truly understand.  O’Nell has not only mastered this language, she teaches it.

I am a woman in a same sex marriage and my wife carried our baby.  Navigating the world of pregnancy and parenthood as a same-sex couple can often feel alienating.  When we hired O’Nell as our doula, we felt held in the highest regard.  O’Nell treated me, as the non-birthing parent, with as much support, honor and respect as my wife.  She treated me as an equal, guiding me gently into solidifying my role as a mother.

I am forever grateful that we hired O’Nell as our doula.  Our pregnancy was wrought with intense complications, multiple hospitalizations, and high intensity.  O’Nell was 100% dedicated to both me and my wife.  She was available to us at all hours of the day and night, talking us through our fears and refocusing us back, time and again, to a place of surrender and empowerment.  When we thought our baby was going to be delivered early, we felt completely unprepared.  O’Nell came to the hospital and spent an entire day teaching us a private class about newborns.  We ended up feeling completely empowered in an ultimately powerless situation because of O’Nell's time, dedication and care.  She is an extremely gifted doula who puts her heart into every ounce of her care.

O’Nell Starkey kicks serious ass!  If you are thinking about hiring her or taking her class, it's the best decision you'll ever make for your baby and your family.

Not only is O’Nell an incredibly intuitive doula, she has the energy of a hands-on healer.  She is subtle, yet solid, mastering the energy of holding a little one with great care.  You will learn an entirely new language just by watching her in action.”


Ruth and Gabriel
First-Time Parents

Odran“O’Nell’s newborn care class was invaluable for my husband and I.  Not only was it helpful from a practical perspective, but it was enlightening from a spiritual perspective as well.  Most mainstream newborn care classes lack any spiritual emphasis, and I deeply appreciate the holistic balance that O’Nell integrates as an educator and post-partum doula.  I would recommend this class to both new and seasoned parents alike, because many gems will be discovered, regardless of your life-stage, through O’Nell’s wisdom and experience.” 


Kyle and Patricia
First-time Parents
Postpartum doula sonoma county“O’Nell was a complete blessing to have in our lives. She had amazing ideas and would take initiative all of the time to be helpful. Her manor with our twin girls was loving and compassionate. She is also very patient and would ask us if we’d eaten or slept well. Earth Angel is a very appropriate title to describe O’Nell. Any baby and new parent would be fortunate and lucky to have her with them during the transition. She is really one of a kind and we are blessed to have had her with us for our new parent experience. She has made us better parents and we love her like family now and will miss her dearly. I am so glad she was in our girls’ lives.”


Alyssa
First-Time Mother

Alyssa“O'Nell is an amazing baby whisperer. She is incredibly knowledgeable about all things baby. I must have asked her hundreds of questions and she answered each one with such wisdom, loving presence, and great information. All of the resources she offered were useful and helped me become a better mother. 

I learned from watching her interact with my baby. She modeled slow, loving interactions with baby so beautifully. She also took care of me by feeding me, massaging me, doing ritual with me before baby was born, and making sure I was taking care of myself.

As a new parent, there was so much I didn't even know I needed to learn. O'Nell taught parenting skills with care, grace, and excellent up to date information. I appreciated her knowledge of natural child care and progressive approach to babies.

O'Nell brought so much sweetness to my experience of motherhood by caring for me and teaching me how to care for my baby better. She is truly an earth angel!”


TwinsSuz
First-time Mother

"We appreciated your incredibly supportive and loving attitude, the information about colic, the infant massage instruction, and the many conversations and advice on everything. Thank you for the respectful way you interact with the little ones and your calm energy. You are an incredible doula!"

Mary
Third-time Mother

Baby in wool“Since this was our third baby, most of the help I needed was with the older siblings. You were fun and creative playing with them, and also very calming for them. This helped to lower the chaos and stress for me very much. You were also willing to be firm, especially with my five year old, who really needs that in a caregiver. That was very important.

Even with baby number three, there are still things I am learning about caring for a newborn. I appreciated the introduction to the Moby carrier! You were great with him and I was never worried about leaving him with you when I was out. Overall, you were a huge help to my ability to stay sane during this transition to a 3-child family. I am so glad to have had your help!”

 

Kelly
First-time Mother

Postpartum Doula, Sebastopol“O’Nell blended so seemlesly into whatever was happening, assisting with everything from cooking to shopping to being present to listen. Her patience was truly amazing as I repeated the same questions and concerns everyday. Thank you so much for all your help. Everyone needs a doula like you!”

 

Tisha
Second-time Mother

Brian"We are so thankful that O'Nell was part of the birth of our son, Alec! O'Nell supported our entire family in the endless days before delivery, a long and complicated birth, and the sleepless postpartum nights. My husband and our four year old son particularly benefited from her loving attention during the challenging transition of welcoming our second child into the family. O'Nell has enough love for you, your new baby, and your entire family! You will never be sorry you invited her to participate in this exciting part of your life. (p.s. Ask her for a massage and you will want her to move in with your family forever.) Thank you, thank you, O'Nell!"

 

Susan and Scott
First-time Adoptive Parents

"Thank you so much for our baby care class. You brought great
resources and taught is the basics in a fun and thorough way. We
especially appreciate your sensitivity to us and our situation - very
adoption-friendly! You provided exactly what we hoped for."

 

Carrie
Twins in a Moby WrapSecond-time Mother

"Simply having an extra set of hands was useful, but O’Nell was always a tremendous source of comfort and knowledge about our babies (and their maladies) - as well as our toddler. I looked forward to her time with us every week and was grateful for the additional research she did for our babies. We felt very supported during her time with us and only wish we could have had her every day."

 

Molly
First-time Mother

"O'Nell is a wealth of information. I felt so comfortable with her. She respected my concerns and answered all my questions.

Thanks so very, very much once again! You're an angel."

 

Angelina
Traditional Midwife

Family"O'Nell gives security and confidence to the mothers she works with. The mothers we worked with always commented to me on the bigness of her heart and her caring eyes. She is so tender and gentle with the babies and it is obvious that she has much respect and attention for each individual.

Many women came back multiple times for her postpartum massages and to gain help with breastfeeding. Her heart is full of joy for working with mothers, birth, and infants and I recommend her as a birth or postpartum doula to anyone who wants to feel supported and encouraged as a mother."


Holly
First-time Mother

Bryles"Every new family should be blessed with support for welcoming a new baby, however, some new mothers are left to struggle through the first few intense weeks alone. With no mother types, sister, or girlfriend available to offer daily support, I was intensely overwhelmed by being a mother. While I wanted to lay around and gush over my baby, my body and spirit had other plans. After giving birth, I was sore and tired to the core, but my baby needed to be nursed, burped and rocked in three hour cycles. Nursing was painful and difficult, which drove my anxiety levels up. Helping my baby to sleep often took 45 minutes of singing and soothing him, and could not be interrupted by things like needing to go the bathroom, answer the phone or eat. With this schedule, I couldn’t even lay down to rest or sleep for more than an hour! Post pregnancy hormones were also having a huge impact on my mood, body temperature, and energy. It didn’t take long for sleep deprivation, anxiety, and a desperate desire to meet my own basic needs for getting food and going to the bathroom to turn me into an emotional wreck.

As the months continued, I tried to find new balance in my life and adjust to life as a mother. With my son’s needs consuming most of my time, I could never get on top of the dishes, laundry, or grocery shopping. My husband tried to jump in and take over all of the chores, but with his work schedule it ended up that he had little time left to enjoy the baby and certainly no time to connect with me. My solution was to use all of the baby’s naps to scurry around the house cleaning like a madwoman. But no matter how I tried, I was still exhausted, behind, hungry, and worn out from being needed too much. I was also ashamed to have so many negative feelings instead of focusing on my son.

I was consumed with the idea that all of my friends had motherly types to support and encourage them. They had someone they could ask to cook a meal, fold some laundry, or watch the baby while they napped. Finally, I decided I needed to find someone to help me and O’Nell Starkey came into my life.

Now that my son is almost a year old, I finally have the support and help I need to feel balance in my life again. O’Nell has a wonderful relationship with my son, and he loves spending time with her. While they play, I am allowed to rest or to cross a few things of my to-do list. When my son naps, O’Nell makes us meals and helps with chores like laundry. I also use nap times to ask her questions about my son’s development, depending on her early childhood education background to help enlighten me. Most importantly, O’Nell is even able to stay with him in the evenings (baby’s hardest time without mommy) leaving me and my husband to go on dates and spend time connecting with each other in a way that was impossible before.

O’Nell’s services have revolutionized my life, and my only complaint is that I did not find her earlier! If I have another child, a post-partum doula will certainly be a part of my plan!"

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