Laura is the eldest of the Midwife family, and most often sees to aiding those in childbirth, the sick and the hurting, although she treats only women and babies who are not yet weaned. She lives in an old log cabin in the woods near the village with her two daughters. The family have served the women of Worth Matravers for many generations as midwives, doctors, counselors and magical protectors. Since the death of Sir Hubert, the building of St Aldhelm's Church and the arrival of Father Tanchus, they have become more secretive, and their true nature is now only known to the older women of the village. Thora approached Laura with the cursed cloth found under Berengar's bed, and eventually Laura revealed that she had made the cloth to punish three young men for raping a village girl, and expected Thora to leave the remaining cloths to run their course.