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 Mother'sMilk Bank which opened January 2016. Saving babies will be a lifelong goal of mine.
I am also serving as a facilitator for the Milk Bank’s new 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 driven support group 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 sharing space will help the family grieve and honor their child at the same time. We have an extensive resource list on the website Three Rivers Mother's Milk Bank, an Angel Baby Journal for families to tell about their child and a lending library of excellent books for parents, grandparents and children. I also bring another kind of special support to the meetings - my 2 year old Yellow Lab who is an approved therapy dog.
2017 DONA- Approved Birth Doula Workshop
April 21/22 and October 13/14 at Three Rivers Mothers Milk Bank (3127 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15201). Brochure
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 womens 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 | Maria Wills, CD |
Pat Wolfgang, PCD
Nurturing Family Doula Service
Ann LeCuyer, CD | Erica Liscotti, CD
member: Rachel Phelos, RN
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)