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Found 4 Pros in Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Postpartum doula support
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Marlee & Megan Malone-Franklin

Pittsburgh, PA

0 reviews • 300 families supported • 7 years experience

0 reviews • 300 families supported • 7 years experience

We've been supporting growing families since 2014. We tailor our work to help meet our clients’ individual needs - from birth preparation classes, to doula support for labor and birth, to in-home support and care during the newborn/postpartum period. We believe EVERYONE deserves compassionate, inclusive, trauma-informed, non-judgmental support and advocacy during the perinatal time! We have particular specialties in supporting: - People who are members of oppressed groups who want to have a pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience where they feel seen, heard, comfortable, and safe - People giving birth in a hospital who still want to have a more holistic, whole-person experience (whether or not pain medication is planned or used) - Parents who have experienced a long or challenging fertility journey (including pregnancy loss, infertility, assisted reproductive technology, surrogacy, and more) - People experiencing medically complicated pregnancies

Care philosophy

Everyone deserves support on the life-changing journeys of pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood! Whether you’re looking for labor support, wishing you could turn to someone kind and experienced with questions about your baby in those early newborn weeks, or searching for an inclusive and compassionate birth preparation class, we’re here to help!

Areas served

  • Allegheny County
  • Pittsburgh
$ flexible

Natalia Krichten

Pittsburgh, PA

0 reviews • 200 families supported • 7 years experience

0 reviews • 200 families supported • 7 years experience

I have dedicated my life not only to caring for others but also to Reproductive Healthcare & Justice, and I have a combination of skills, talents, & education that are truly unique. From training as a Doula, Midwife Assistant, & Community Health Advocate, to education & self study in reproductive health, herbalism, & traditional healing skills, as well as certifications in Lactation Counseling, BLS/CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation, ServSafe, & OSHA BBP; you can trust that I am qualified to guide & support you in all situations.

Care philosophy

I believe all people deserve respect, advocacy, & compassion through the life changing events of pregnancy, birth, & postpartum, regardless of their method or outcome, sexual/gender identities, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. I believe in evidence-based practice, & also that we must be culturally humble, & respectful of traditions that science has disregarded via sexism/racism/xenophobia.

Areas served

  • Allegheny County
  • Westmoreland County
  • Butler County
  • Beaver County
  • Washington County

Mallory Scalise

Pittsburgh, PA

0 reviews • 12 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 12 families supported • 1 years experience

Empowered Holistic Birth offers Childbirth Education Classes, Breastfeeding Support, Placenta Encapsulation/Preparation and Placenta Art, Birth + Fresh 48 Photography, Birth Attendance and Doula Support through all stages of a woman’s life, Bereavement Support/Pregnancy Loss and much more!

Care philosophy

Empowered Holistic Birth was founded in 2019. They are four mothers, their lives are led by Faith, and they are passionate about birth! We believe in a world where there is “A Doula at every birth”. Our mission is to support women through all walks of their pre-conception, prenatal, and postnatal care. To empower women with the armor of knowledge, strength and confidence within themselves.

Areas served

  • Allegheny County
  • Fayette County
  • Westmoreland County
  • Washington County
  • Greene County
  • Morgantown, WV
  • Willing to drive 3 hours one way!
$ flexible

Marlee and Megan Malone-Franklin

Pittsburgh, PA

0 reviews • 400 families supported • 8 years experience

0 reviews • 400 families supported • 8 years experience

We are a wife-and-wife team serving families in Orange County and Long Beach since 2014. As experienced doulas, we bring a depth of knowledge and compassion to each family we work with. We view our role as mentors, and recognize each client as the expert on their own experience. We are here to offer information and insightful questions to help parents make decisions that are right for them. Supporting families through pregnancy and beyond, our services include childbirth education, birth doula support, postpartum doula support, lactation consults, and gentle sleep consulting. We love helping families access the tools they need - both internal and external - to bring as much ease into this time as possible. You can learn more about us at

Care philosophy

We view pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum time as rights of passage that look different for each person. In our trauma-informed practice, we love offering support for those who find these to be times of joy and challenge, and want some extra help and guidance as they navigate welcoming a new baby into the family. You can learn more about us at

Areas served

  • East End
  • South Hills
  • North HIlls
  • West Hills
  • Oakland
  • Monroeville

Postpartum Doula Services: FAQs

For most parents, the transition into early parenthood is hard. Postpartum doulas in Pittsburgh, PA offer all sorts of practical, physical, informational and emotional support to new parents. Postpartum doulas in Pittsburgh, PA offer a wide range of after-birth support services, including:

  1. Caring for and assisting in the recovery of the birthing parent
  2. Providing breastfeeding and lactation support
  3. Offering advice for baby soothing, diapering and bathing
  4. Parent-baby bonding
  5. Caring for older siblings
  6. Light housework
  7. Night nannying or sleep relief services

Some parents require additional physical and emotional support due to their specific situation, lack of family support, or their particular lifestyle. A postpartum doula positively affects the entire family, as many postpartum doulas are involved in sibling care, housework chores, and educating clients on childcare information/techniques.

To find a postpartum doula in Pittsburgh, PA, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified postpartum doulas near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many postpartum doulas as you wish and hire a postpartum doula in Pittsburgh, PA with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a postpartum doula. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted postpartum doulas Meela brings you.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: Answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated postpartum doulas near you. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  2. Get your list of postpartum doulas: In a few hours, you will have a collection of postpartum doulas near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience, and read reviews. You can chat with each postpartum doula to learn more about them.
  3. Hire a postpartum doula with confidence: Schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top postpartum doula choices. Hire your top postpartum doula and start getting the care you deserve.

To find a postpartum doula, you can also browse the available postpartum doulas near you in Pittsburgh, PA and read reviews, compare pricing, experience and fit. Send the postpartum doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend reaching out to and interviewing at least three postpartum doulas before hiring a postpartum doula near you. After interviewing, hire the most qualified postpartum doula near you and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a postpartum doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, the average cost of a postpartum doula in Pittsburgh, PA is $29 per hour, but typically ranges from $23 to $34 per hour. These costs are based on a representative group of 20 postpartum doulas surveyed by Meela in the Pittsburgh area. The average cost of a postpartum doula in Pittsburgh, PA is lower than the average cost of a postpartum doula in the state of Pennsylvania, which is $37 per hour.

To put this in further context, the cost of a postpartum doula in Pittsburgh, PA is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a postpartum doula, which is $37 per hour.

When hiring a postpartum doula in Pittsburgh, PA, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your postpartum doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

A postpartum doula in Pittsburgh, PA is meant to help the entire family and their role is not just limited to the birthing parent and newborn. A doula provides physical and emotional support to parents and siblings, but they also offer information and advice regarding how to feed, bathe, swaddle, and soothe the baby.

They also often help with postpartum depression issues, and are considered child care “consultants” rather than medical professionals. Many postpartum doulas in Pittsburgh, PA offer a range of services that can help with parents trying to adjust to a newborn child. These services often include:

  • Sibling care
  • Assist with household chores
  • Parent-baby bonding
  • Physical and emotional recovery
  • Support to parents and extended family

A postpartum doula in Pittsburgh, PA can have a lasting positive impact on a family and help them feel more confident about their parenting role and the way that they feed and nurture their baby. They might offer advice regarding feeding, bathing, and parent-baby bonding.

It is important to note that a postpartum doula might offer advice but is not expected to provide medical care of any kind or serve as a replacement to an accredited physician. Postpartum doulas are also not qualified to prescribe medication.

Many new parents want to know about certified postpartum doulas and how exactly they are certified. Since the demand for postpartum doulas has greatly expanded in the last several years, the number of reputable postpartum doula training and certification programs has grown in Pittsburgh, PA. Training criteria can differ from program to program, but most follow a similar curriculum which includes core academic curriculum and practical hours and real-life care experience.

One of the most common national postpartum doula training certifications comes from DONA International. A postpartum doula usually receives about 27 hours of practical training before they are a certified postpartum doula.

There are also CAPPA-certified postpartum doulas in Pittsburgh, PA, as well. These doulas were certified by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, an international organization that certifies doulas and other childbirth educators/professionals.

As a reminder, because postpartum doulas are not trained to be a medical professional and diagnose and treat medical conditions, a certification is not required for them to practice.

As their names suggest, a birth doula’s main priority is to provide support services before, during and in the moments immediately after childbirth. A postpartum doula’s obligations usually begin after the birth, for several weeks or months. In many cases, your birth doula will also be a trained and certified postpartum doula, which can provide a continuity of care that many parents find extremely valuable.

Many parents want to know whether a postpartum doula or a baby nurse would meet their needs and expectations. A baby nurse might be focused on making sure that a baby sleeps or feeds properly, but that might be the extent of their role. A postpartum doula generally offers more holistic services for their clients.

A postpartum doula in Pittsburgh, PA is expected to be more involved with the family as a whole. They might remain involved in sibling care or also provide emotional support to the partner as both parents adjust to becoming new parents. This may even include support for older siblings, light housework, and even meal prep. A postpartum doula provides more physical, emotional, and informational support than a baby nurse.

You can hire two types of doulas in Pittsburgh, PA: a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is during your pregnancy and through the birth of your child. They provide you with emotional, physical and educational support during your pregnancy, your labor and delivery and for the first few hours after your child is born.

A postpartum doula will support you for the first few weeks after the baby is born. They provide in-home assistance, including teaching you how to take care of your newborn, acting as lactation consultant, and can provide some night nanny services.

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