We invite you to meet the amazing staff at MAYA Organization! MAYA has a dedicated team of therapists, childbirth instructors, doulas, and teachers focusing on women’s health, pregnancy, postpartum and parenting concerns.
Tomilyn Ward, MSPC, NCC, LPC
Tomilyn founded MAYA Organization in 2009. Tomilyn has a Master in Professional Counseling Degree from Carlow University and is also a practicioner of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Tomilyn has experience with working closely with clients who have experienced traumatic births, adoption issues, PTSD, grief and loss, anxiety, incarceration, voluntary and involuntary termination of parental rights, and domestic violence. Tomilyn has previously worked as a birth doula and has attended over 30 births.
Tomilyn is dedicated to the therapeutic process and takes three times the required number of continuing education courses annually. Committed to offering the most effective therapeutic techniques, Tomilyn understands that mind and body are connected. To maintain a healthy body you need to maintain your mental health, manage stress effectively, have a positive self-image and learn to love yourself!
Christy is the prenatal program coordinator at MAYA, as well as a birth doula and mentor. She has found that when the childbearing year is seen as a heroic journey, parents and birth workers alike are better-equipped to enter the unknown, cope with the unwelcome, and make sense of their experiences. She enjoys mentoring through creative modalities such as art and storytelling.
As program coordinator, Christy supports MAYA instructors in their work of providing informative, supportive, and vibrant classes that help parents build upon their own strengths.
Amber Edmunds, Doula, DONA
Amber currently works as a birth doula in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. As a birth doula, Amber is trained and experienced in childbirth education. Amber helps expectant parents develop birth plans and also educates them about the childbirth process. Amber also provides expectant women with emotional and physical comfort measures during and immediately after childbirth.
Amber currently a Lead at The Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle. Amber is working towards certification to become a Lactation Consultant (ILCA). Amber has her Associates Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Community College of Allegheny County. Recently, Amber joined MAYA ‘s team as a case manager. In additional to case management, Amber enjoys utilizing her diverse skill set to teach pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting classes.
I have been a doula since 2012. I love to help families prepare for their special day, and beyond. My birthwork passion is skin to skin and postpartum care. When I’m not teaching at Maya I can be found caring for my daughters, swimming, cooking, and gardening.
Jaime began working with expectant moms in 2009 as a birth doula and is still active as a doula with The Birth Circle. Ever since her first moments as a birth worker she has been passionate about helping families experience the journey into parenthood joyously and confidently. With over a decade of previous experience teaching English as a Second Language, she combined her two interests of teaching and childbirth to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in 2012. She recently completed training as a postpartum doula in the hopes of further supporting families during the childbearing year.
Susan Davis McIntosh, MA, CD(DONA), CLC
Susan is a therapist and a parent educator for the MAYA Organization. With MAYA, she provides counseling services, and teaches pregnancy and parenting classes. Susan is also a practicing DONA-trained Birth Doula, currently affiliated with a program that serves women with limited financial resources who live in and around Pittsburgh. She has attended more than 60 births to date. Susan loves working with women, providing education, counseling, and skill development with the purpose of empowering them to define and attain their personal and/or parenting goals.
Susan’s therapeutic approach integrates techniques from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives, allowing her to tailor therapy to the individual needs of each of her clients. She utilizes exercises and interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy among many other therapeutic modalities. She has professional counseling experience with crisis intervention; post-traumatic stress; survivors of childhood abuse; people experiencing grief and loss, including the loss of unborn or newly-born children; parental stress; LGBTQIA issues; and other mental and emotional health challenges including depression and anxiety.
Susan was awarded a B.S. Degree in Psychology by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.A. Degree in Counseling Psychology by Slippery Rock University, and the Certified Lactation Counselor credential by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. She is currently awaiting the Certified Doula credential from DONA. She is a member of the Allegheny County Breastfeeding Coalition Advisory Board and a professional member of both DONA and Evidence Based Birth.y to the individual needs of each of her clients. She utilizes exercises and interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy among many other therapeutic modalities. She has professional counseling experience with crisis intervention; post-traumatic stress; survivors of childhood abuse; people experiencing grief and loss, including the loss of unborn or newly-born children; parental stress; LGBTQIA issues; and other mental and emotional health challenges including depression and anxiety.
In her free time, Susan hangs out with her ancient little dog and volunteers at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. On Saturday mornings you can usually find her working behind the meat counter at the year-round, indoor East Liberty Farmers’ Market.