Doula Workshop

Upcoming DONA-Approved Birth Doula Workshops:

Held at the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank (3127 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15201)
2019 Brochure: October 11/12
2020 Brochure: Jan 10/11 (Class Jan 4) | April 24/25 (Class April 18) | October 9/10 (Class October 3)

NEW OFFERING at the Milk Bank:

7 hour Intro to Childbirth Class for Doulas (alternative to observing a 12 hour CB class for DONA certification) 2019 Brochure: October 5
Pittsburgh Doula Service Jan

In 2015, I decided to close “Heart & Hands” Doula Service. For 20 years, H&H provided professional services before, during and after birth. During that time, over 2000 families were touched by our wrap around care that 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 kept drawing me back in!

Since closing the group, I was also chosen to be one of the first 17 doulas worldwide to be awarded the distinction of being an “Advanced Certified Doula.” This was a special honor that I will always cherish as well as when my book was published in 2010 Doulas’ Guide to Birthing Your Way.

I chose to continue serving women and children by offering doula training/mentoring and supporting important causes through volunteer activities and organizations - like being on the Founding Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank which opened in January 2016. Saving babies will be a lifelong goal of mine.

I am also serving as the facilitator for the Milk Bank’s bereavement support group called Lost & Found. When a baby is lost, support can be found at the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank. It is a family oriented “Remembrance Gathering” providing monthly meetings the 4th Thursday from 7-8:30 pm. Lost & Found is a small group which validates, affirms and listens to women/adult family members who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. We hope this neutral sharing space will help the family grieve and honor their child at the same time. We have an extensive resource list on the website Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank, a Community Journal for families to tell about their children and a lending library of excellent books for parents, grandparents and children. I also bring another kind of special support to the meetings - my 5 year old Yellow Lab named LiLi who is a certified therapy dog. Tribune Review article.

As an offshoot of Lost & Found, Jan is now offering a Pregnancy After Loss Childbirth Class at the Milk Bank. It is for parents who have an Angel Baby and are now expecting a Rainbow Baby. The class includes healing activities, birth vision creation and tips, tools and techniques to prepare for the subsequent birth. The dates for 2019 are: September 21/28 and December 7/14. For more information or to register: Brochure

I have been lovingly supported by Frank, her husband of 48 years, and their grown children (Heather, married to Dror, who have one 11-year old son Zeev and Frank, Jr. engaged to Donna, who has 3 boys). Jan was Zeev's Birth Doula and he decided to breastfeed for 2 and 1/2 years to his "Baba's" delight!

I am proud of what I started and all that was accomplished over the two decades Heart & Hands served Pittsburgh residents. 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 40 years of my life. As always – Happy Birthing and Joyful Nursing!

In the Doula Spirit,
Jan Mallak, 2LAS, AdvCD-BDT(DONA) (c)412/973-3521