Meet Our Childbirth Educators - Babymoon Inn Birth Center

Our education team

Babymoon Inn’s team of educators are highly trained in both effective teaching methods and evidence-based guidelines for pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

About Our Childbirth Class Educators

Since our opening in 2010, Babymoon Inn’s expanding childbirth education program has grown to become the premier spot for independent childbirth education in Phoenix. We are proud to be home of an excellent Childbirth Education team, offering a wide variety of class offerings in various settings.

Our team of educators have backgrounds that include advanced degrees in areas such as education, exercise physiology, and recreational therapy.

Ashley Garrett

Ashley Garrett

Childbirth Educator, Babymoon Inn Tucson

A little about me: I’m born and raised in Tucson, AZ. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and together we have three amazing and wild kiddos. I’ve been passionate about birth for as long as I can remember, but the birth of each one of my babies also fueled that passion beyond being able to overlook- which is how I became a birth doula. Forever immersing myself in every aspect of birth work, but on the rare chance you catch me off call you can find me with my nose buried in a really good book or binge watching Netflix shows.

Favorite subject to teach:  My favorite subject to teach is comfort measures. Not only are comfort measures a doula’s forte, but it’s so amazing to see the light bulbs go off when we start talking about and practicing things to do to help cope during birth. It helps the birthing person see that they have control during their birth and it helps the partners see that they have a very important role. I feel like comfort measures helps them establish an outlook of being a team and gives them the confidence needed to go forward.

What people can expect in your classes: ess anxiety, more confidence. I ensure that the people in my class feel like the material in every subject we talk about is curated for them. I ensure we have plenty of time to have important discussions and that they all feel comfortable enough to stop and ask any questions that they have. My class is a safe place to feel heard, build connections, and start taking control with every aspect of their births with informed decision making.

Gwendolyn Somerville

Gwendolyn Somerville

Childbirth Educator, Babymoon Inn Phoenix

A little about me: When I am not teaching childbirth education, I love to spend time with my family. In my free time, you can find me adventuring, taking photos or reading.

Favorite subject to teach: I love everything about teaching childbirth education but my favorite area has to be comfort measures and techniques. And the fact that I get to watch couples come together and see their birth start to unfold before them is a magic experience.

What people can expect in your classes: You can expect class with me to be fun, energetic and a loving space where everyone is welcome! I can’t wait to meet you all!

Sarah Baxla

Sarah Baxla

Childbirth Educator, Babymoon Inn Tucson

A little about me: I have been a practicing birth doula for 5 years, and have been in my newest role as a childbirth educator with Babymoon Inn Tucson since 2020. My partner and I have a 5 year old son, Seth, and a 4 year old daughter, Louie, who were both born under the care of midwives. On weekends, you can often find us out in the desert mountains that surround Tucson, hiking, gardening, biking, or tending our chickens.

Favorite subject to teach:

I love teaching our 5 week CBE course, and being a part of a Babymoon class that transforms a parent’s narrative from “things happen to my body” to “I am in charge of my body and my birth”.

What people can expect in your classes:

You can expect class with me to be full of laughs, stories, and fun!

Raquel MacDonald

Raquel MacDonald

Childbirth Educator, Babymoon Inn Phoenix

A little about me: I’m a mother to four, a birth Doula and childbirth educator at Babymoon Inn in Phoenix. I’m passionate about encouraging and educating families on birth and early postpartum.

Favorite subject to teach:

While I love all five weeks of our comprehensive childbirth education series, talking about postpartum and breastfeeding is a favorite of mine.

What people can expect in your classes:

Our educators share what information people are surprised to learn in their classes:

Most people know very little about postpartum care, sometimes even experienced mothers! I think that people are surprised to learn how long recovery actually takes and what to expect postpartum.” – Anna R.

Our educators share what information people are surprised to learn in their classes:

“Even though our classes are located at a birth center, we welcome all birth choices.  We have plenty of hospital couples that attend our series.  The goal of my class is to educate my students on what their choices are, and the benefits of minimal intervention in childbirth.  However, if a birth plan doesn’t go as planned, or if baby needs a little extra assistance entering the world, my students will be prepared for these possible detours.”  – Nicole M.

Our educators share what information people are surprised to learn in their classes:

“People are often surprised to learn about the role hormones play in labor, and how the environment and external influences can impact labor progress.  We certainly can’t control everything in labor, but there are some things we can control, and those things can either negatively or positively impact labor.” – Diana P.

Want to teach at Babymoon Inn?

We are currently seeking childbirth educators for our Tucson location. If you are passionate about teaching, pregnancy, birth, and evidence-based care, we want to hear from you!  Please submit a letter of interest through the contact form.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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