Heart & Hands Founder
2LAS, ICCE-CD-CPD-AT, CD-PCD-BDT(DONA), CPD(CAPPA)
Dear Pittsburgh area families, colleagues and friends,
In 1995 I had the opportunity to found “Heart & Hands” Doula Service. I felt that being a childbirth educator wasn’t enough – getting ‘into the trenches’ as a doula was the best way to help women achieve their birth vision. Since then, “Heart & Hands” has grown and evolved into the kind of doula service I envisioned. So after 33 years in the “baby business,” I have decided to retire with my husband of 40 years. I will no longer be actively attending births or providing postpartum care for our doula clients. However, I will be continuing my role as group mentor and part-time trainer/concierge educator. I plan to turn over most of the doula service jobs to my co-coordinators Ellen Huffmyer and Teresa Bailey who have been with “Heart & Hands” for a combined total of 30 years. Ellen will handle the daily calls/doula assignments and Teresa will manage the PR and IT aspects of the group. I am certain their experience and dedication to birthing families will provide continued assistance to our clients in the professional manner for which “Heart & Hands” is known. Thank you for all your past/future business and I wish you all …..
HAPPY BIRTHING! Jan
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Welcome to Pittsburgh's
Premier Doula Service
"Heart & Hands” Doula Service is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive doula service in western PA. We are also the only group to offer 3 kinds of doulas, different levels of doulas, a variety of childbirth classes and other birth related services (such as a Professional Advisory Board, Belly Casting, Blessing Way Consulting). Our doulas provide support to area women & their families before, during & after the birth.
Due to increased demand of our doula services, we ask that you try to contact us before your 3rd trimester to better ensure availability.
ALL doula service calls will now be taken by
Ellen Huffmyer at (412)716-8163 or by email.
| Some of our Doulas:
Meet the Doulas @
Panera near Magee, 7pm
3401 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 683-9616
May 2, June 6, July 2, August 8, Sept. 5, October 3 (7:30pm), November 6, December 5
Questions + comments
contact Ellen Huffmyer
Please let us know if you plan to come.
(412)716-8163 Ellen Huffmyer
Save the Date - DONA-approved Birth Doula Workshop [Brochure]
Friday and Saturday, June 28/29
New Offering - Concierge Childbirth Class!
Jan Mallak, ICEA certified CB Educator and Doula with over 33 years of experience will provide classes in the comfort of your own home at a convenient time for you for whatever special circumstances you may have. If your busy life doesn’t allow for attendance at a traditional childbirth class spread out over weeks, consider this streamlined class. This unique customized class is fitting for first time families, as a refresher, or personal healing and preparation from a previous traumatic birth experience.
A New Support Group for Mothers “Heart & Hands” is pleased to announce
OUT OF THE BLUE, a new support group for women during pregnancy and up to two years postpartum. In conjunction with Brittany Edge, MA (licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and W PA Postpartum Support International Coordinator) we helped to establish the new group.
It offers a safe place to talk/connect with other women and get resources/education/strategies for women experiencing Perinatal or Postpartum Mood Disorders. Meetings will be held in Greensburg (Seton Hill University) and Lawrenceville (Shining Light Prenatal).
Contact Brittany at 724-454-8741 or email@example.com
In honor of The Midwife Center’s 30th anniversary of serving Pittsburgh area families, “H&H” donated $500 (Birth Advocate Level). Jan feels very strongly about women having choices for maternity services so constantly supporting the only free standing birth center in W PA is essential. Our doulas attend births at the Midwife Center frequently and we find the staff to be wonderfully nurturing and the birth environment to be ‘homey’ and comfortable. Other than continuing financial support, some of our past donations include the Forest Room Jacuzzi, hand-made door signs (Birth in Progress), birthing balls and other comfort tools.
Military Discount: We are now offering a $50 reduction in the price of a birth doula to honor and thank our active duty service men and women.
3rd annual Most Doula Friendly award –
Michele Ondeck from Magee-Womens Hospital
Michele Ondeck, RN, MEd, IBCLC, LCCE Clinical Education Specialist at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC has been chosen as the 3rd recipient of our annual Most Doula Friendly Award. The criteria established for this award – awareness, education and support – has been well met by Michele over the past decade. She has made patients and staff aware of the benefits of doulas, has taught childbirth educators/nurses/doctors about those many benefits and has supported both staff AND doulas by bringing them together as a working alliance for the patient. A few examples of Michele’s contributions – arranging for special ID tags at Magee, getting reduced parking for doulas and coordinating a “meet the doulas” event that used to be offered at Magee. We salute Michele for her many years of tireless service as nurse, childbirth educator, researcher, doula, lactation consultant and trainer and we are most especially grateful for her advocacy and mediation that has helped us to feel welcomed and respected as professional doulas at Magee.