Kathy McGrath is passionate about birth. She is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and a Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators. She has served on both the Faculty and Board of Directors of Lamaze International. She was the winner of the prestigious Elizabeth Bing Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Childbirth Education. She is a frequent speaker – locally and nationally -- on topics related to the emotional aspects of childbearing. Kathy is also a DONA certified birth doula, a doula trainer and formerly was a doula mentor (teacher trainer - one of only two people designated by DONA to do so).
She is a perinatal social worker specializing in work with women on issues related to childbearing and early parenting. She is on the Board of Directors of PATTCh – Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth. In collaboration with Kids Plus Pediatrics, she facilitates multiple support groups for new mothers, reaching between 50 and 80 mothers a week.
Kathy has been part of many firsts. She was in the first class of women at Johns Hopkins University, and was one of the first 10 certified doulas in North America. She was a founding member of The Birth Circle, an agency in Pittsburgh that provides birth support to women on medical assistance, and a founding member of PATTCH, an organization whose mission is to expand awareness and advance knowledge about traumatic birth and its adverse impact on childbearing women, their families and babies.
What We Offer
A six-class series which will help you feel informed, prepared and confident as your big day approaches. The last class includes recovery from childbirth, infant care and tips for surviving life with a newborn.
NEW MOM'S COFFEE
Being a new mom can be exhausting and exhilarating! Come to our get together to relax, have a cup of coffee and share your experiences with other new moms. This group and others (including Not So New Moms Coffee, Working Moms Coffee and Moms of Two) are sponsored by the generous and ideological support of Kids Plus Pediatrics. Free to all moms, though donations are appreciated. You do not have to be a Kids Plus patient to attend.
HEALING FROM A CHALLENGING BIRTH
We expect childbirth to be a demanding but satisfying send-off into parenthood, but for many women, it turns into something far less positive — this support group is for mothers who have had such a birth.
BIRTH DOULA TRAINING WORKSHOP
Three day workshop prepares women to become doulas or professional labor support providers. This is a DONA approved course.