Pittsburgh Doula Service

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 (see below), teaching birth/health classes and volunteering for important causes through volunteer activities and organizations - like being the Executive Board Treasurer 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 Three Rivers 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 4 year old Yellow Lab named LiLi who is an approved therapy dog. Tribune Review article.

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 38 years of my life. As always – Happy Birthing and Joyful Nursing!

2018 DONA-Approved Birth Doula Workshops:

September 14/15 at the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank (3127 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15201). Brochure

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) September 8 Brochure

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