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 by offering doula training/mentoring, teaching birth/health classes and volunteering for important causes through volunteer activities and organizations - like being the Executive Board Treasurer for the Three Rivers Mothers’Milk Bank which opened January 2016. Saving babies will be a lifelong goal of mine.
2016 DONA- Approved Birth Doula Workshop – April 1 & 2, July 15 & 16,
October 14 & 15 at Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank (3127 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15201). Brochure
Empowered Childbirth Classes – an eclectic blend of several birth philosophies and doula tips/tools/techniques to empower you to have the kind of birth you envision! Jan’s book (Doulas’ Guide to Birthing Your Way) is included as part of the registration fee. Date and time to be announced.
Mother/Daughter Growing Up Classes – for girls ages 8-11 and their mom/female family member. Content includes changes associated with adolescence/puberty, both reproductive systems and health/hygiene plus decision making skills. Date and time to be announced.
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. Please consider contacting any of the doulas listed below. I can attest to their passion, knowledge and professionalism.
Kathy Chiaramonte, CD | Maggie DeLair, RN | Ann LeCuyer, CD | Erica Liscotti, CD
Sophia Mascia | Rachel Phelos, RN | Maria Wills, CD | Pat Wolfgang, PCD
I am proud of what I started and all that we have accomplished over the past two 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-BDT(DONA), CCE-CD-CPD-DT(“H&H”)