Setting a New Standard of Doula Care
Our labor doulas serve your family in teams of two to ensure that you get attentive, on-call pregnancy and labor support from the moment you hire us. Skilled in nurturing mothers, fathers, and babies, our postpartum doulas are by your side as you adjust to your bigger family, available any time you need us - day or night. Our educational instructors will demonstrate their up-to-date, evidence-based curriculum in a way that is interactive and in-depth, and we ensure that all of our courses are designed with respect to both parents' unique experiences and perspective. Our lactation consultants meet a gold standard of care as IBCLCs and will provide breastfeeding help and support in the hospital or in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Enjoy a better postpartum experience with placenta encapsulation from our postpartum placenta specialists.
Phoenix Family Birth prides ourselves on a comprehensive, family-centered approach with a team you trust. We are filling the gaps and raising the expectations of what doulas provide and each of our services includes wraparound care to ensure that your family always gets the best.
Reliable professionals and compassionate care in one convenient location.
What could be better than that?
The Owners of Phoenix Family Birth
A vibrant husband and wife team with an insatiable drive to serve growing families, Mark Sawhill and Bethany Sawhill are the owners of Phoenix Family Birth. Their enthusiasm for providing nonjudgmental support and balanced education for moms and dads sets the agency apart as Arizona’s premier providers of birth and parenting support for the family unit.
Mark and Bethany came to highly value connection as the common theme throughout their personal pregnancy and birth experiences with their own children: to their babies, to each other, to their communities, and to their individual needs and expectations as a mother and a father. They discovered that there were countless resources available for an expecting mother, but very few for a father, and even fewer still that they could participate in together. Though the value of fathers was being touted at every turn, birth was a "women only" sphere. They set out to fill that gap and be a resource for parents to work together through this momentous time in their lives, and thus established Phoenix Family Birth, the first full-service doula agency in Arizona focusing on family-centered care.
Family First Always is a driving commitment at Phoenix Family Birth. Mark and Bethany believe wholeheartedly that taking care of a family is one the most valuable contributions that can be made in a community. In addition to take care of clients' families, Phoenix Family Birth operates under unique structures that create sustainability for the doulas and other professionals with whom they work. Alongside the opportunity to earning a living wage, they have the built-in support of a team model so that their own families can remain at the forefront of their commitments in times of need as well.
Long before opening the agency, Mark and Bethany enjoyed a colorful history together since meeting in third grade. They are native Arizonans and thoroughly enjoy spending time nurturing their preteen sweetheart, Riley, comical toddler, Logan, and sweet new baby, Collin—their ultimate motives for dedicating themselves to careers in family development.
Visit our team page for more about Mark, Bethany, and the best birth professionals Phoenix has to offer.
See What Our Clients Think
Our clients are our priority, and they're the reason we work so hard to ensure the best experience possible for each person we serve. Seeing what they have to say about our exceptional care is the perfect way to get more information about Phoenix Family Birth and what you can expect when you hire us:
My doula knew exactly what to do and the kind of support I needed the entire time. I loved having someone who cared and understood everything I was concerned about in my my birthing journey. She helped me develop a birthing plan that addressed all of my concerns, as well as aspects I had never thought of. I loved her approach in giving me the information I needed to be educated, and allowing me to decide what I felt to be best for my family.
Our labor doula was there with the most amazing feeling of comfort for anyone that was there. She was always informing the family about what was happening.
I didn’t even know about some of the choices we needed to think about, so it was helpful that you gave us information here and resources to look up at home too. It was also nice to have a woman and a man teaching the class to have the perspective from both sides all the time. It took the pressure off
She was amazing. I will always be grateful for her calm, loving presence at my daughter's birth.
During my labor she calmly spoke with me, listened and encouraged me when it didn't seem like I was progressing that it didn't mean my contractions weren't productive. She also was a key in helping me continue to breath through pushing as she gave me the REASON why I should focus on that!
Bethany was a godsend to me with my third child. I could always call on her for guidance with breastfeeding issues and concerns. She always offered support and was so encouraging. Not only would she offer her thoughts but she would provide additional resources for me explore.
When my baby was just five weeks old and I was struggling to breast feed, Bethany was enormously supportive both in offering tangible strategies and expert feedback, and also in being exactly the person I needed her to be. Bethany emanated a non-judgmental calmness every time I spoke with her, even extending her generous spirit to those she didn't know (including the various medical professionals I was frustrated with).
I was so lucky to find someone who encompasses the whole package of birth support!
When I went into labor, it progressed amazingly quickly. Bethany was an amazing pillar of strength and calm when I needed it most. She jumped right in applying counter pressure to my lower back, no questions asked. She was able to suss out exactly what I needed when I was unable to explain to anyone there what that was.
She was able to direct me to all the research so that I could make a highly informed decision in whatever I chose. As this was my first birth, she walked me through writing a birth plan and truly weighing and thinking through which options and practices I did or did not want. Right from the start, she knew I was a person who likes to read everything I can about a subject before making a decision and she has access to so many great evidence based resources that help cut through the mountain of opinions that exist on the web. I truly believe I would not have had the exact birth birth experience I wanted with out her wealth of knowledge and calm guidance.
Most people don't think about doulas for a c-section but having been through a natural birth with my oldest, this was a whole new ball game for my husband and I and there was a lot to consider. I was glad to have Bethany's guidance. She brought things to our attention we were not aware of to consider. Our hospital made an exception to allow her and my husband in the OR with me and it really allowed my husband to stay focused on me and the baby while Bethany knew of our plans to have a Family Centered C-section and was able to make sure our wishes were honored. I was able to have a beautiful c-section because of the plans she helped us set up ahead of time.
As a VBAC hopeful pregnant woman, I knew the support and education of a doula would be crucial in having the birth experience I desired. Bethany was intelligent, well prepared, and thorough. What I appreciate most about Bethany is her flexibility, and willingness to listen. She was supportive of all the choices my husband and I made, and was patient and thoughtful as we discussed many subjects, including the plan for labor, postpartum care, etc.
Offering a customizable combination of classes, services, and events tailored to fit your needs, Phoenix Family Birth is raising the bar for family care during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. We support all birth choices and parenting styles, and our clients appreciate our expertise and experience in:
Hospital Birth / Home Birth / The Bradley Method / HypnoBirthing / Natural (Unmedicated) Birth / Medicated Vaginal Birth / Scheduled Cesarean Birth / Unplanned Cesarean Birth / VBAC / Induction / High Risk / Preterm and Premature / Water Birth / Breastfeeding / Bottle Feeding / Newborn Care / Dunstan Baby Language / Scheduled Parenting / Attachment Parenting / And So Much More!
Phoenix Family Birth serves clients in the Phoenix Metro Area who are seeking:
Birth Doulas / Postpartum Doulas / Childbirth Education Classes / Breastfeeding Classes / Lactation Consultants / Newborn Care Classes / Dunstan Baby Language / Support for Dads And More!
Phoenix Family Birth proudly serves the Phoenix Metro Area, including: (Phoenix * Ahwatukee * Tempe * Scottsdale * Paradise Valley * Chandler * Gilbert * Mesa * Queen Creek * San Tan Valley * Casa Grande* Maricopa * Apache Junction * Glendale * Peoria)