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.