Mark is often asked what made him want to become a male doula. Initially fascinated by the science behind birth, Mark’s passion was spurred when he pursued certification as an educator through the Association of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH). He recognized a need for helping families to find current research and information, as well as accessing personalized support throughout the many decisions of pregnancy and parenthood. Personal experience taught him that finding quality local resources for dads was difficult, and it became his goal to improve the landscape of support for partners in Phoenix.
Mark began teaching childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes in 2014 and completed a rigorous training to provide services as a ProDoula Postpartum & Infant Care Doula. In 2015, he completed formal training as a birth doula with DONA, as well. As of December 2017, Mark is still the only male doula in Arizona.
These accomplishments, combined with a gentle communication style and great sense of humor, allow him to support both partners as they transition into becoming parents. Mark’s down-to-earth attitude puts his clients at ease, and especially helps dads discover and foster their own personal experience of childbirth and fatherhood.
Mark is currently on sabbatical from doula work as he returns to a degree program at Phoenix College, but continues to practice as an educator at PFB.