Private Early Parenthood Classes

Prepare for a Confident and Connected 4th Trimester

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Personalized preparation for your next chapter. 

Can't make it to an Early Weeks Group Class?  Prefer the one-on-one attention and focus of a Private Class?  Either O'Nell or Jackie can come to your home in the San Francisco North Bay Area and bring our Early Weeks foundations to you!  You'll learn newborn care, self-care, and relationship care in a customized 4 to 5 hour class that is relevant to your family.  You'll get hands-on practice of newborn care with our lifesize baby dolls, as well as access to the online presentations and resource lists we use in our group classes.  For in-home classes, we can give you feedback about nursery set-up or logistics based on your home and values.  O'Nell or Jackie will focus on the material that is most interesting to you and make sure all your questions get answered.

We also offer Mini-classes on specific topics that are about two hours long.  Choose from our popular classes with more in-depth information about twins, sibling prep, or low impact parenting and nursery set-up.

Click on the class of your choice below.  We are available on weekdays and weekends. For an additional $50 fee, we can host you at Brigid's Well Center in Sebastopol.


Jackie Davey and O'Nell Starkey

We are postpartum doulas and mothers and together we have decades of experience supporting families in the transition into parenthood.  We believe in empowering parents to find thier unique parenting style.  We look forward to serving your family as you begin your adventure.  

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After taking a private newborn/parenting class with O’Nell Starkey I felt immensely supported and well informed. Heading into the adventure of childbirth and parenthood is such a huge event. She tailored my private class to my specific questions and concerns. It was so easy to talk to her about my hopes and fears regarding these upcoming early weeks postpartum with my newborn son. The information she shared with me both clarified misconceptions I’d had and gave me good information and resources. I wish all new parents could spend some time learning from and being supported by such an intelligent, educated, kind, clear-spoken ally.
Jackie, you are a godsend! We didn’t realize how important this class was until bringing our baby home. We used what we learned within the very first minutes of meeting our baby!
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, 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.
Jackie, thank you for answering all our questions. I had been so worried about nursing since many of my friends had had problems. I especially appreciated all the breastfeeding information you gave during our class. You were so reassuring and practical. It really helped get our nursing relationship off to a great start. Thank you from one blissed out mama :)
Thank you so much for our baby care class. We especially appreciate your sensitivity to us and our situation - very adoption-friendly. You brought great resources and taught us the basics in a fun and thorough way. You provided exactly what we hoped for.
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.