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"H&H" Founder + Executive Director Jan Mallak, 2LAS, ICCE-CD-CPD-AT, CD-PCD-BDT(DONA), CCE-CD-CPD-DT(“H&H”)



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 34 years in the “baby business,” I have decided to retire with my husband of 42 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 Ellen Huffmyer who has been with “Heart & Hands” for 17 years. I am certain her 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 …..

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Welcome to Pittsburgh's Premier Doula Service
“Heart & Hands” Doula Service was established in Pittsburgh because we believe that when a woman gives birth, she not only becomes a mother but experiences a ‘Rite of Passage.’ Having a baby is truly life altering and the woman’s participation in this miraculous event will affect her greatly. An uncomplicated birth and a healthy baby are all mothers’ priorities but a satisfactory experience is important as well. When a woman feels listened to, cared about, well prepared and lovingly supported her birth ‘vision’ can often be accomplished. This is where “Heart & Hands” Doula Service comes into play ~

Since 1995, our doulas have been providing support to Pittsburgh area women and their families before, during and after birth. Research since 1980 shows having a doula attended birth benefits the mother, her labor, the baby and the family. Including a doula in your birth team is like bringing back the tried and true tradition followed for thousands and thousands of years ~ having known and trusted people help with, witness and rejoice in the birth.

Aside from many doula services, we also offer an annual birth conference, a variety of childbirth related classes/learning opportunities, birth/breastfeeding consultation and fun options such as Dancing for Birth, Belly Casting and Blessing Way ceremonies. “Heart & Hands” Doula Service also honors an individual, group or facility by presenting an annual ‘Most Doula Friendly Award.’ We feel it’s important to thank other professionals in the birth community for recognizing doulas as the consumer-oriented specialists we are and for welcoming us into the birth team.

Consider letting our doulas help you achieve the kind of pregnancy, birth and postpartum you desire and deserve. We are ready to listen to you, care about you, prepare you and support you so your birth is a special “Rite of Passage” into motherhood.

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.

Save the Date - 15th Annual Family Centered Maternity Care Conference March 21, 2015 Monroeville, PA - 6 contact hours
Meet the Doulas FIRST TUESDAY of each month @ Panera near Magee 7-8:30pm  

3401 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 683-9616

2015 Dates:
January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd
Questions + comments
contact Ellen Huffmyer

Please let us know if you plan to come.
(412)716-8163 Ellen Huffmyer

Milk Bank coming to Pittsburgh "Heart & Hands" is excited to announce that a Milk Bank is coming to Pittsburgh and Jan Mallak, our Founder/Executive Director, is the Treasurer on the Executive Board of Directors. Denise O'Connor, LC and past doula client of Jan's, initiated the project and invited Jan to bring her expertise as a Doula and businesswoman to the cause. Jan gladly accepted and enlisted her daughter, Heather Mallak to create the logo. Heather's son Zeev was a NICU baby so she was happy to donate her services.

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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.

5th annual Most Doula Friendly award –
The Midwife Center

The 5th Annual Most Doula Friendly Award was presented to The Midwife Center. Over the years the midwives and staff have supported “Heart & Hands” by speaking/exhibiting at and donating to our conferences, distributing our materials to potential birth and postpartum clients, allowing us to have meetings at their facility, permitting our book photography and writing on site, referring childbirth clients to us and welcoming our doulas in every way at births. We are always impressed with the woman/family oriented philosophy, gentle manner and caring attitude towards their patients. This combination makes The Midwife Center a really special and unique place to birth a baby in Pittsburgh.