MAYA is the place to come for support and education throughout pregnancy and the entire year after birth. This is a place where parents can gather together or meet one-on-one with us to share experiences, ask questions, gather resources, and build community.
You can get ready for birth with our Lamaze Childbirth Preparation classes. Learn about the birth process, learn your options, and learn things you can do to make yourself more comfortable and cope with challenging moments. You can also take classes to learn about how to have a healthy pregnancy and take good care of your baby.
Pregnancy can be an emotional and stressful time, and MAYA has counseling services to help you through it.
Our instructors are also birth doulas. A doula is a person trained to provide guidance, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth. In some circumstances, MAYA is able to provide labor support. Ask us how we can support you during labor.
Processing a difficult birth and dealing with postpartum emotions is another area that we can support you through with counseling and peer support groups.
Our instructors are experienced in providing breastfeeding support. Several of them are Certified Lactation Counselors. You can take classes on breastfeeding or schedule a one-on-one appointment if you need extra support.
Children don’t come with instruction manuals and parenting is a life-long learning experience. MAYA’s core classes can help you learn to soothe your baby’s crying, help her get to sleep, and gain confidence in basic baby care such as bathing, feeding, and swaddling. We also have classes on toddler behavior and safety, to help you navigate those challenging years.
MAYA is also a resource for baby clothing, diapers, furniture, toys and other items that you may need during pregnancy and the first year after birth. We have monthly MAYA Money Days, which are a good time to trade in your MAYA Money for those much-needed baby items. You are also welcome to stop by any day to use your MAYA Money. Diapers are free to any parents in Allegheny county, no points required (limit 50 diapers a month per parent.)
We can also help you get connected with other resources such as health insurance, WIC, SNAP, and other pregnancy, birth, and parenting resources in the community.
We know that becoming a parent is a very significant time in each person’s life. It is challenging, emotional, intense, and ever-changing. We believe that parents are stronger when we come together and raise each other up. We are not meant to do it all on our own. That’s why we are here with you every step of the way.