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Taryn Starkey, Certified Doula & Birth Photographer

Qualifications:

Doula Trainings: Stillbirthday, DONA, ToLabor, Your Birth Experience

Photography: Bachelors of Arts from NSU, Tahlequah. Birth Becomes Her Workshop in Denver. Everyday Films Course by Monet Moutrie

Additional Continuing Education: TENS Workshop, YBE Breastfeeding Workshop, Flock Yeah community building. 

Volunteer: Silas Program volunteer. Stillbirth and NICU photography volunteer. 


NOW, The Stuff You Really Want to Know

 
Images taken by my beautiful friend Kara Whisenhunt in my 34th week of pregnancy with my third little one. 

 

I live right outside of Broken Arrow with my husband, Brandon and our children Bradie, Foster and soon to be Lena. Also in our family is Tip (Texas Heeler) , Purrscilla (Kitty), and Princess Fella (Beta). We enjoy listening to records, drinking home brew, playing in the yard, and the occasional camping trip. 

My favorite thing about birth work is connecting to families. Being able to help them overcome fears or hurdles makes my heart skip a beat. When a client of mine feels more confident in their parenting role, I smile the whole ride home. Seriously, my cheeks hurt when I get home. 

I attended my first birth in October of 2014. A Scheduled cesarean that changed my life. Documenting the first breaths of a little human being was incredible and I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be. 

Since then, I've documented or supported over 70 births in the Tulsa and surrounding areas and photographed hundreds of babies. I continue to learn and connect with our wonderful birth community because I truly enjoy my profession. 

I think what really drives me to support families during their birth journeys is my own birth stories.

When my daughter was born, I didn't hold her for over two hours. I was alone, in a recovery room. All while my husband was with our baby while they checked, bathed, and performed routine procedures that could have waited. It took me a long time to really feel bonded with her and that hurt our breastfeeding relationship. I never want anyone to feel as alone as I felt on that day. 

When my son was born, I spoke up more and was able to have a better experience. Nursing was easier, and everything fell right into place. However, I still look back and think of information I wish I'd had and the support that I should have hired. 

Now looking forward to my third birth and possible VBA2C (vaginal birth after two cesareans) I feel right. I feel supported and excited to see how this little miss enters the world. I've gotten excellent care from my chiropractor and spoiled by friends in the birth community. I found a provider who trusts me and my own birth team who will be there for me every step of the way. That just goes to show you that no matter how much you read, research, and practice. Having a birth team and personal support people there by your side is incredibly powerful.