Doula Workshop

Upcoming DONA-Approved Birth Doula Workshops in 2021:Download Brochure 

Jan 15/16 (Class Jan 9th) Mar 26/27 (Class Mar 20th) Jun 25/26 (Class Jun 19th) Sep 24/25 (Class Sep 18th)

8 hour Intro to Childbirth Class for Doulas (alternative to observing a 12 hour CB class for DONA certification) in 2021: Download Brochure

January 9th, March 20th, June 19th, September 18th
Pittsburgh Doula Service Jan

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 and supporting important causes through volunteer activities and organizations - like being on the Founding Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Mothers' Milk Bank which opened in January 2016. Saving babies will be a lifelong goal of mine.

One of the many projects I did while at the Milk Bank was to write a children’s book called An Ounce of Sharing …at the Milk Bank. It was published in 2109 and is being given to donors to thank them for their precious gift. And for educational purposes, copies have been sent to NICUs, health care providers, libraries, other Milk Banks, etc. Any profit made from the sale of the book will be totally donated back to the Milk Bank. It can be purchased online from Mascot Publishing, Amazon or Barnes and Noble websites.

I have been lovingly supported by Frank, her husband of 49 years, and their grown children (Heather, married to Dror, who have one 12-year old son Zeev and Frank, Jr. engaged to Donna, who has 3 boys). Jan was Zeev's Birth Doula and he decided to breastfeed for 2 and 1/2 years to his "Baba's" delight!

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 41 years of my life. As I get closer to my final retirement date of September 2021, I will be concentrating on training and mentoring as many Birth Doulas as I can. The pandemic has affected my teaching location, the number of trainees attending and even the workshop content. But these “in person” events will prepare the next generation of Pittsburgh area Doulas for a wonderful career of serving others, like I have had the privilege and honor of doing since 1980. To end, I will simply say HAPPY BIRTHING and JOYFUL NURSING!

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