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Laura McCarthy, PCD(DONA)

Wear Your Little One

Pittsburgh, PA Service range 25 miles

412.721.7291

http://www.wearyourlittleone.com

Postpartum Rate

$30

Availability Remarks: Working hours between 7am and 9pm. Overnights are not available.

Postpartum Rate

$30


Postpartum Doula Experience

8 years and 39 families served


Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, June 2015

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 4


College Education

MA/MS


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Parenting consulting
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Therapist or counselor
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Member of Postpartum Support International, past volunteer facilitator for Out of the Blue, a perinatal mental health support group for birthing people, volunteer admin for Birthworkers of Western PA, volunteer at Three Rivers Free Clinic for the people.

Fee Details

$30 per hour flat rate, 4 hour minimum shift. 30 minutes total travel time included. $10 per additional 15 minutes travel time will be added on for longer commutes. Reduced cost services may be available on a case by case basis, please ask if needed.

Service Area

Pittsburgh, PA Service range 25 miles

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Client Testimonials for Laura McCarthy, PCD(DONA)

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Aisling McIntyre

3/10/2023

Laura was such a wonderful, calming, and thoughtful postpartum doula. My partner and I are both pretty high strung/anxious people and we knew that we needed someone to balance that anxiety out with our first born. Laura was so, so reassuring during those early days. She taught us how to wear our baby, which was a huge help since her preferred nap surface those first few months was on us. She made us nutritious meals and left the house very tidy. She went above and beyond, bringing us baked items from her home or picking up something she knew we liked from the grocery store. She also really helped with breastfeeding, helping show me positions like laid back and side lying that I couldn't practice in the breastfeeding center and she helped figure out a solution to help get my baby (who favored laying on one side and therefore was only nursing on one side) to nurse on both sides, which greatly helped with some engorgement issues I was dealing with. Most importantly, as I was dealing with a health scare that was going to potentially require that I be hospitalized, Laura offered to come over day or night to help with the baby. Luckily, I didn't need to be hospitalized, but as a transplant to Pittsburgh without much family around, knowing that we had someone we trusted who could come help care for our baby gave us great peace of mind during an otherwise very scary situation. I cannot say enough positive things about Laura and how warm, caring, and wonderful she is. She not only took care of our precious baby during her earliest days, buts also helped care for us. My partner and I are hopeful to have a second baby and one of the things we are most looking forward to if we do haev another, is getting to have Laura as our postpartum doula again! One final note, Laura is very LGBTQIA+ affirming, which was important to us as a queer couple and she made us feel safe and respected during a very vulnerable time in our lives. 

Laura

3/8/2023

Laura saved our lives! We had her come only four hours a week but that was just enough to keep our heads above water during the overwhelming newborn stage. Forever grateful for her support and kindness. 

Rachel

3/6/2023

I do not know what I would have done without Laura in those first months - she was a lifesaver. I had a babe with reflux (so not much sleep at our house) and a rough go with postpartum depression. Laura came in, strapped on my baby, and listened to where I was at and what I needed. The amazing thing about Laura, though, is that she was able to intuit far beyond what I had the words for. Her energy is so calming and her capacity to hold my baby and my anxiety at the same time was incredible. We were deep in COVID and did not have much contact with our support network. Laura's visits felt like such a pressure release on our little system. She taught us how to wear our babe, which was critical given the reflux. She also made sure I had nutritious food, had time to bathe myself, and supported in nursing challenges. She built my skills and confidence as a new parent without much infant experience. She cherished my baby and nourished my family - I could not recommend her more highly. 

Leah

7/12/2021

Laura provided post-partum doula services for our family. She was an absolute blessing and I don't know how we could've survived that first month without her. Laura's balance of experience, knowledge, and emotional intelligence make her an excellent doula. She is able to jump in and support in a variety of ways, without being pushy. I would also highly recommend her to families with an older sibling in the home (she was amazing with our four-year-old) and LGBT families.

Yana Litovsky

7/11/2021

Laura joined us when our son was about 3 months old. It was at the height of the pandemic and we tried to take care of him alone as long as we could but eventually realized we desperately needed help. Laura made our lives infinitely easier. She was the best caretaker we could have dreamed of. She is incredibly knowledgeable and expert at what she does and taught us so many skills and tricks (including babywearing, but so much more) that helped us take care of our colicky son when she wasn't around. She was also calm, and kind and a pleasure to have around. When our son was sleeping, she found ways of helping us, by doing the laundry or baking something absolutely delicious, so she always left us better prepared for the rest of our day. She's a wonderful doula and a wonderful person and I would unreservedly recommend her services to any new parents who think they need some help. 
 

Anna

6/23/2021

Laura is wonderful! I contacted her for a baby wearing lesson/consultation about 5 weeks postpartum with my second child. Coordinating a session was seamless as Laura is extremely responsive via email/phone. She has a friendly, warm, calming demeanor and is incredibly knowledgeable about various wraps, carriers and infant care. I feel much more confident and secure in using my wrap after having met with Laura. She was hands on, showed me various holds, wrap options and answered all my questions with detailed specificity. The at-home lesson (which is ideal for a tired mom with a new baby!) was professional and fun. Laura has my utmost gratitude for being so helpful and kind. She also has my highest recommendation! 

Karen

6/17/2021

I'm so fortunate to have found Laura after the birth of my son.  As a first time mother, there was a lot that I didn't know and Laura was extremely knowledgeable and supportive throughout my postpartem experience, not to mention how loving and kind she was with my son.  She has a calming presence which was comforting to both the baby and me.  I highly recommend Laura's services!

Brandy Gentry

6/15/2021

Laura was our postpartum doula in 2019 and early 2021. She is such a giving and supportive caregiver. She is compassionate, thoughtful, and thorough. I enjoyed her teaching me as I learned my new baby's needs. I looked forward to her time in my home and I appreciated her active listening skills as I navigated the big emotions that come with the postpartum period. I highly recommend her services. 

Mary Holahan

3/31/2020

I don't know how we would have made it without Laura.  I originally thought we'd work with Laura for a few weeks; but as our baby was turning three months old I still wasn't ready to not see Laura a few times a week.  I'll never forget the the day she came when the baby was a few days old and suggested that my husband and I take a nap together.  We kinda of objected, she gently nudged and we followed her lead (which we came to do often) and it was the best gift anyone could have given us.  

It was simple things like that to remind me of who I was before giving birth to more complex guidance like help with breastfeeding that made Laura invaluable to us.  She made sure I was getting some sleep, made me breakfast, gave advice and shared her experience on every random thing that popped into my mind, taught us how to use a sling (and re-threaded it often and most importantly), took the best care of our baby.  My husband and I learned so much just by watching Laura with our little girl. 

I can't recommend Laura and postpardem doula care enough.

 

 

 

Courtney

2/6/2020

Laura provided postpartum services for us after the birth of our first son. He was delivered by unplanned cesarean after a very long and difficult labor. Laura made our transition into parenthood much more smooth. Her personality is very positive, affirming and calming. She is good at balancing instruction with encouraging parents to rest while she is there. She assisted with meals, accommodating dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free). She provided knowledgeable and encouraging breastfeeding instruction and support. She gave individualized baby wearing instruction for multiple carriers. I am grateful for her presence in the first few weeks of our sons life and would recommend her to anyone without hesitation. 

Nicole

2/4/2020

I took a babywearing class with Laura at the Midwife Center. I had received a few wraps/slings as shower gifts, but I had no idea how to use them. After watching a few YouTube videos, I was still kind of lost.

Laura showed us how to use two different types of carriers: a sling and a woven wrap. She brought lots of carriers with her made out of different fabrics of different lengths. She also brought several weighted baby dolls with her for us to practice. I learned so much and felt very comfortable after just one class.

Laura was patient and informative. She provided us with an informational handout and even helped me to figure out how to use a different carrier that I had received as a gift. Overall, I would recommend taking a class with Laura for anyone who is interested in the basics of babywearing. 

Emily Mertiff

10/14/2019

 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.  

Sarah G

7/18/2019

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.

Dana

5/19/2019

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!

Maureen T

3/26/2019

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. 

 

Audra Balisky

12/18/2018

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.

Melissa Sinclair

12/5/2018

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!

Lauren Smathers

11/6/2018

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.

Lara Kitko

1/11/2018

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.

Lara Kitko

1/11/2018

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.

Denise Gallagher

9/16/2017

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.

Postpartum Availability for Laura McCarthy, PCD(DONA)

= Available. Calendar last updated: 03-13-2023