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The 4th trimester: a doula's guide to everything you need to know

Meet Mandy Major

Welcoming a baby is an overwhelming joy... and, honestly, also an overwhelming experience!

That’s why this class is here for YOU, covering postpartum care, lactation, normal newborn behavior — and all the emotions that come with the fourth trimester

We're in this together, mama

After giving birth, everything is new. Everything feels different. From your leaking boobs to your crying babe, what’s normal? Only in America are postpartum parents expected to navigate the fourth trimester solo. We’ll honor your fourth trimester and be in it together, covering everything you need to know — both mentally and physically

This class will focus on:

  • Learning about important postpartum warning signs

  • Postpartum truths & TMI topics no one talks about

  • Body, breast & nipple care

  • Milk supply basics & breast/bodyfeeding

  • Pumping, formula & bottle-feeding

  • Newborn behavior

  • Baby care basics

  • Sleep and newborn life

  • Emotional health & the ups and downs of parenthood

There are so many questions that come with the fourth trimester

Is this normal? Is it ok? How do I know if I have a good latch? Is it normal for my baby to want to be held all the time? When will my baby sleep through the night?Are all pumps the same? How do I pick the right bottle for my baby? Why can’t I poop? Why am I crying all the time? Should I follow “wake windows”? When will I be back up and running? Mandy will cover all of this. We've got you, mama

Ready to get started?

You've got this, mama

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Postpartum care

  2. 2
    • Postpartum warning signs

  3. 3
    • Postpartum norms

  4. 4
    • Postpartum feeding

  5. 5
    • Postpartum transitions

  6. 6
    • Bonus session: formula feeding & bottle basics

Bonus material

In addition to Mandy's amazing videos, you'll have access to so many downloadable PDFs:

  • Postpartum care

    Postpartum care and healing essentials
    Sitz bath recipe
    DIY padsicles
    Postpartum warning signs

  • Newborn care and norms

    Normal newborn behavior
    Wake windows

  • Newborn feeding

    Milk storage magnet
    Formula safe handling & prep
    Flange sizing
    Milk supply & breast health
    Formula feeding basics & do’s and don'ts

Meet the instructor

Certified postpartum doula PCD(DONA) and founder of virtual doula care company Major Care

Mandy Major

Mandy is on a mission to change how America handles the fourth trimester. After learning first-hand how little we support and inform new parents during postpartum, she left her 10+ year career in digital media to dedicate herself to birth work and closing the gap in postpartum care. Today, she’s a certified postpartum doula PCD(DONA), founder of Major Care, and creator of the My Fourth app, which blends asynchronous education with text-based doula care to support expecting/new parents. She currently serves as the postpartum expert for BabyCenter’s medical advisory board. She holds a M.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has written as a perinatal expert for HuffPost, Healthline, Motherly and other publications.

What mamas are saying


  • As a new mother and first time postpartum, I feel very supported, I feel very supported

    “I absolutely love [My Fourth] and have learned so much that could have easily been overlooked or missed. Thank you so much for this! As a new mother and first time postpartum, I feel very supported!"

  • The perfect person to deliver this information

    “Thank you for this valuable content [on My Fourth]! Mandy was the perfect person to deliver this information!"

  • It was really helpful to have something focus on those early weeks

    “I loved the daily tips! It was really helpful to have something focus on those early weeks since I was surprised by how difficult they were. The support and expertise were great. I would definitely recommend it!”

  • Combats unrealistic societal expectations

    “I appreciated how often [My Fourth] reminds me to slow down and take care of myself. It combats unrealistic societal expectations and therefore feels like it empowers women.”

  • Yes, guys, this includes us too!

    "Six months ago, I didn't even know what a doula was. Now I'm gifting doula services to friends and family. I can't tell you how pleased I am that I discovered Major Care, which helps anyone who is caring for a baby (or about to have one). Yes, guys, this includes us too!"

  • By far the best: the most knowledgeable, warm, and practical

    "Absolutely amazing. Of all the support people we worked with prior to and after birth, [Major Care doulas] were by far the best: the most knowledgeable, warm, and practical."

More from Mandy on Motherly

6 ways a postpartum doula can make breastfeeding easier

You deserve someone in your corner, mama.