"H&H" Founder + Executive Director
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 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 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 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.
| Some of our Doulas:
Meet the Doulas @
Panera near Magee, 7pm
3401 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 683-9616
Questions + comments
contact Ellen Huffmyer
Please let us know if you plan to come.
(412)716-8163 Ellen Huffmyer
Save the Date: March 22nd, 2014
14th Annual FCMC [Family-Centered Maternity Care] Conference
UPMC East Hospital
To mark international doula month and the 18th anniversary since the founding of “Heart & Hands” Doula Service (1995), we have decided to begin offering our own professional certification for doulas. As of May 2103, we have established a requirement list and created a process that is comparable to many of the organizations currently offering doula certification. In fact, our group is almost as old as the first to offer certification (DONA – 1992) and older than many that developed programs since then. We also provide a full service doula business which offers many options to our clients that other doula groups/organizations do not. Plus, Jan Mallak (founder and executive director) initiated both birth and postpartum doula certifications for ICEA and is/has been an approved trainer for 3 organizations (ICEA, DONA, CAPPA). For these reasons, we felt it was time to offer professional birth doula certification here in Pittsburgh. Certification for postpartum doulas will be available later this year as well. Our credentialing will be CD(“H&H”) and any of our current certified doulas will be “grand mothered” in and will be awarded these initials.
Training Opportunities -
Birth Doula Workshops
DONA + "Heart & Hands" approved [Brochure]
2014 - Pre-workshop Thursday April 2
Workshop Friday and Saturday, April 3/4
New Offering - Doulas' Guide to Chldbirth
Due to calls/requests from the public, we will now be offering childbirth classes.
We recommend attendance if:
· you are looking for consumer-oriented information
· you felt the class you took already was lacking tips/tools/techniques
· you are having a doula attended birth
Class focus will be to prepare you for what to expect, what to do, what to ask and how to be involved in the decision-making. We will have a variety of locations and will be offering traditional weekly classes or Saturday classes. They will both be 8 hours long and cost $125. The fee will include our book Doulas’ Guide for Birthing Your Way not only for class use but to take to the birth with you ($26 value).
Concierge Chldbirth Classes
One of our qualified Doula Educators 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.
"The newest sensation for pregnant women!" claims CBS.
Dancing for Birth classes all began in the USA with founder Stephanie Larson - a birth doula, childbirth educator, perinatal fitness expert, dancer and mother of four. Even the most seasoned doctors, midwives, doulas, nurses and childbirth educators are seeing a big difference at births due to the Middle Eastern, African, Latin and Caribbean dance methods learned by women during pregnancy. Movement is one of the ways birth wisdom can be freely expressed and can be very empowering/beneficial for the woman. Come meet Ellen Huffmyer (certified birth/postpartum doula and certified Bradley educator) who is now offering Dancing for Birth classes at Shining Light Prenatal Education in Lawrenceville.
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.
4th annual Most Doula Friendly award –
Dr. Kaminski Magee-Womens Hospital
The 4th Annual Most Doula Friendly Award was presented to Dr. Robert Kaminski from Magee-Womens Hospital. Dr. Kaminski’s current Magee jobs are: Chief of the Division of OB Specialties, Chairman of the OB Services Committee, Practicing Ob/Gyn and he started the OB hospitalist program. Among the birth community, he is particularly known for doing Vaginal Births after Cesareans and Vaginal Breech Births. Over the years he has supported “Heart & Hands” by speaking at our conferences, distributing our materials, accepting our doulas in every way at births (vaginal or cesarean) and just generally being available. We are always impressed with Dr. Kaminski’s gentle manner and caring attitude towards his patients plus the time he takes with them and their families. Thank you Dr. Kaminski for being the truly special and unique physician you are!
photo: Certified Doulas Erica Liscotti, Teresa Bailey & Karen Crow
with Dr. Kaminski