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Laura McCarthy, PCD(DONA)

Wear Your Little One

Website: http://www.wearyourlittleone.com

Phone: 412.721.7291

Postpartum Rate: $25

Fee Details: $25 per hour flat rate, 4 hour minimum shift

Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 20 families served

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, June 2015
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Domestic Violence
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Parenting consulting
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Member of Postpartum Support International, volunteer facilitator for Out of the Blue, a perinatal mental health support group for mothers

Languages spoken: English, limited Portuguese, limited French

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Client Testimonials for Laura McCarthy, PCD(DONA)

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Emily Mertiff

 Laura was extremely patient and very knowledgeable regarding baby wearing. She made sure to address all of my concerns for each carrier I wanted to use as well as addressing needs for my baby’s age.   Her style of teaching was very helpful as she showed you how to properly  adjust and wear the carrier and your baby and then  had do you demonstrate so she could make sure you were wearing baby properly.   Again she was very knowledgeable and very helpful and the class by far exceeded my expectations.  

Posted 10/14/2019

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Sarah G

Laura was absolutely wonderful for our family. We reached out to her needing some quick availability due to a family illness. She was able to fit us in right away. My toddler absolutely LOVED the days when Ms. Laura would come. She is wonderful not just with babies but also with toddlers. I also was grateful to have her help with babywearing. I had just gotten a new carrier and she was able to do a very in-depth fit check for safety. She was always quick to busy herself with tasks when she had downtime and was really helpful with all the laundry that kept piling up. Hiring Laura was a great choice! She won't disappoint.

Posted 7/18/2019

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Dana

We’ve worked with 5 different doulas since our son was born 15 months ago and Laura is our favorite doula by far.

 

Laura has both hands-on experience as she worked with multiple families before us and technical knowledge as she currently teaches classes on baby development at University of Pittsburgh. Most importantly, she truly cared about our son and me and also gave my husband great advice as a new father.

 

Laura is very productive, knowledgeable, caring, has lots of initiative and her advice on breastfeeding was invaluable. Our son has developed a special bond with her and gets excited every time she comes over. Laura has been with our family since the first day when our son was born and we hope to keep her for as long as we can despite her busy schedule. If we have a second baby, we hope that Laura will help us again!

Posted 5/19/2019

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Maureen T

Despite being really into the idea of babywearing, I was completely mystified about how to do it. So glad that Laura taught a group class! She expertly broke down the advantages of different types of carriers and how to use them, and how to make sure you're wearing your child safely. What I appreciated most about Laura's class and her teaching style is that she made babywearing seem like a completely attainable skill.  She has a calm, friendly presence that kept all of us in the room at ease.  I've been so excited about babywearing since Laura's class that I have been practicing tying / slinging different household objects to myself and my partner. We have a few more weeks until our little one arrives, but practice makes perfect! I would wholeheartedly recommend that anyone interested in babywearing take Laura's class. 

 

Posted 3/26/2019

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Audra Balisky

My husband, baby and I attended Laura's Wear Your Newborn babywearing class. We greatly enjoyed the class. It was intimate, and Laura did an excellent job tailoring the class for our questions and for the babywearing devices that we had already purchased. The class was also very hands-on, which has definitely made me and my husband feel that we can babywear with confidence. We are very happy that we attended the class, and we highly recommend the class to any new parents planning to babywear.

Posted 12/18/2018

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Melissa Sinclair

Laura's "Wearing Your Newborn" class was an invaluable source of information and helped me have the confidence that I needed to stick with figuring out how to wear my little one. There are soooo many options out there. I felt overwhelmed... until I took Laura's class. Being able to try on different carriers was great but even better were the simple, clear instructions that she offered, the handouts (which I've referenced several times since coming home) and the comfortable, chill environment that she created. She is extremely knowledgable, patient, and a wonderful encourager. She even answered a question that came up months after I took the class - I sent an email and recieved a very helpful response within hours. I highly recommend Laura's baby wearing classes, if only to be connected with such a valuable resource!

Posted 12/5/2018

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Lauren Smathers

Hiring Laura as a post partum doula was one of the best decisions we could have made as first time parents. She came to our house a few hours after we got home from the hospital and was really helpful getting me and the baby settled while my husband was busy getting things set up for the house and baby. She came a few other times and was so helpful with transitioning me to being home alone with my newborn. She taught me how to wear my baby, how to soothe my baby and was in general very reassuring with all my questions I had as I second guessed every thing I did. She helped me learn how to use my breast pump and showed me how to bathe the baby. One day we even cleaned out my fridge and cooked up a bunch of random food into meals to freeze that my husband and i could eat that otherwise I wouldn't have had time or creativity to do anything with. She was quick to jump in and do what needed to be done without asking, like cleaning dishes, changing the baby's diaper, soothing the baby while I ate. Laura was very calming, kind and reassuring. I appreciated when she brought us some cooked food with her on a couple of her visits. I wish Laura could come to our house forever, she was just so helpful and kind! We will definitely hire her again if we have more children. 

Posted 11/6/2018

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Lara Kitko

Laura is amazing, I call her the baby whisperer. She was such a huge asset after having my baby, especially with having a 20 month old already. Laura was always ready to lend a helping hand in whatever way you felt was helpful, whether it was to prepare you a meal to make sure you ate, refill your water bottle, or hold the baby so you could take a much needed nap.

The one invaluable thing that Laura offered was her extensive knowledge- of baby wearing, breastfeeding, cosleeping, and many other topics. She was always willing to lend a listening ear and offer reassurance and guidance. I highly recommend Laura as a postpartum doula and am so grateful to have had her help.

Posted 1/11/2018

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Lara Kitko

Laura is amazing, I call her the baby whisperer. She was such a huge asset after having my baby, especially with having a 20 month old already. Laura was always ready to lend a helping hand in whatever way you felt was helpful, whether it was to prepare you a meal to make sure you ate, refill your water bottle, or hold the baby so you could take a much needed nap.

The one invaluable thing that Laura offered was her extensive knowledge- of baby wearing, breastfeeding, cosleeping, and many other topics. She was always willing to lend a listening ear and offer reassurance and guidance. I highly recommend Laura as a postpartum doula and am so grateful to have had her help.

Posted 1/11/2018

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Denise Gallagher

 Laura provided postpartum Doula services after the birth of my second child. She was terrific! She started coming a day or two after I came home from the hospital with the baby. She was always very gentle and caring and make sure my needs were met.  She has a fantastic way with babies and has a very calming personality. She always made sure I got to take a nap, have a meal or snack, shower or otherwise do things that are very hard to do when you are taking care of a newborn.  She genuinely seemed to care and was very helpful in terms of giving tips for taking care of a newborn, including breastfeeding,  as well as babywearing. She enjoys what she does and she is very good at it.  I strongly recommend her without reservation.

Posted 9/16/2017

Postpartum Availability for Laura McCarthy, PCD(DONA)

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