After 20 years of providing birth and postpartum support, “Heart & Hands” Doula Service is drawing to a close. Since 1995, my doulas and I have offered professional services before, during and after birth. During this time, over 2000 families have been touched by our wrap around care that has resulted in happy outcomes and satisfied clients.
As Founder and Executive Director, this was a bittersweet decision to make but it seemed to be the only way I could truly retire from this wonderful career. The miracle of birth keeps drawing me back in! I will continue to serve women and children through volunteer activities and organizations - like being the Executive Board Treasurer for the Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank which is set to open soon. Saving babies will be a lifelong goal of mine.
I want to thank the many birth professionals who have welcomed us and supported our services. I also want to thank the clients we have assisted - it has truly been an honor. And lastly, I want to thank our doulas who have used their nurturing ‘hearts and hands’ to make women’s births/postpartum easier and more meaningful. I am proud of what I started and all that we have accomplished over the past 2 decades. Helping couples to achieve their vision and to facilitate their transition into a family has been a wonderful way for me to have spent the past 35 years of my life. As always, HAPPY BIRTHING AND JOYOUS NURSING!
In the Doula Spirit,
Jan Mallak, 2LAS, ICCE-CD-CPD, CD-PCD-BDT(DONA), CCE-CD-CPD-DT(“H&H”)
(Search ‘Pittsburgh doulas’ online to find other groups who provide similar services.)