Our Story

Phoenix Family Birth was born in 2015 to proud parents, Mark & Bethany Sawhill. 

Prior to the agency opening, Bethany had worked as a high-achieving elementary school teacher and solo doula, while Mark was managing a college bookstore and writing inclusive childbirth education curriculum. They knew from personal experience that there was a huge disconnect between what families really needed and what resources were available in the Phoenix Metro Area (Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Ahwatukee, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria, etc.) and they set out to create a company that was different than anything else in existence in the Valley. 


Phoenix Family Birth grew rapidly to meet the demands of families in new ways. Affiliate birth doulas  were hand selected to join the team. Initially, PFB was the only place in Arizona that you could find teams of two birth doulas. This innovation meant that families had a 24/7 guarantee of support at any point in their pregnancy (no waiting until a certain number of weeks for your doula to be on call) and minimized the "backup doula" concept of a stranger filling in if someone's doula was unavailable. Families were also offered totally agenda-free birth classes that were a good fit no matter what type of birth was anticipated or desired. 

Soon they added postpartum doula care with a team model for consistency, and in-home placenta encapsulation to ensure the highest standards of safety. Mark & Bethany developed a curriculum for interactive infant feeding and newborn care classes. Not long after, sleep training became a key pillar of care. Private consulting was offered on a variety of topics related to pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting. 


Phoenix Family Birth had become the Valley leaders in doula support and family care during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the infant year. Their attention to detail, exceptional professionalism, and insistence on truly nonjudgmental support for every family member meant that doula care, which was once reserved strictly for the "alternative" family, was available to every kind of family. 

Today, PFB is proud to remain home to the best doulas in Phoenix. Bethany has taken over sole ownership of Phoenix Family Birth; she continues to provide services directly to clients and functions as the Family Care Coordinator (which is like a fancy term for matchmaking clients to their perfect doula). Mark has returned to school full-time to pursue a new degree. 


Through every time of growth, their mission shines on: Phoenix Family Birth works with growing families to offer the most powerful tools a new parent needs: Support, Solutions, and Sleep. They exist to partner with people that know that being an amazing parent doesn't have to mean martyring oneself to parenthood, and that caring for one's own complex physical, mental, and emotional needs is as equally essential as caring for their baby. PFB builds relationships with families based on affirmation, validations, unbiased education, and agenda-free support. 


Our Values

Every decision we make with every family we serve is based in the Phoenix Family Birth core values:

phoenix family birth core values: authenticity, expertise, practicality, empathy, validation, candor, integrity, deliberation

Some of Our Satisfied Clients Include:

The CEO of one of the nation’s largest cosmetic pharmaceutical companies

An international model

A popular film and TV actress

Several successful business owners, local and national

A former Hollywood productions specialist

Pediatric nurse practitioners

An early childhood speech-language pathologist

A home health nurse

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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:

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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)

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