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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2014 Doula Workshops
Birth (DONA + "H&H" approved)
November 7th + 8th (Friday & Saturday)
Holiday Inn Express
552 Route 22 Delmont, PA 15626
Becoming a Doula
August 22nd 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Shining Light Prenatal, 3701 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Have you ever wanted to be in service to other women? Have you ever been drawn to motherhood, babies and families? Have you ever wanted to be in a REALLY rewarding and exciting career? Then, consider becoming a DOULA. Join “Heart & Hands” Doulas as they explain what being a doula is all about. RSVPby 1/27 to Jami - (412) 427-3420
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.
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.