Why didn’t anyone tell me? Is this normal? Is this OK? What should I do?
We hear this. A lot. Because after 9 months of care, support, and services, it all comes to a screeching halt once you’ve had the baby. Families are left to figure everything out alone. And guess what? We’re the only developed country doing that. It’s a big part of why America has the worst postpartum outcomes of all developed countries. (Source: UNFPA, et al, 2019)
Dedicated Postpartum Care
Major Care™ connects new parents with virtual certified postpartum doulas to provide affordable and accessible remote care. Wherever you live, whenever you need it, we are there.
Our postpartum doulas are coast-to-coast and are certified through the nation’s leading birthwork agencies, including DONA International, CAPPA, Pro Doula, and Birth Arts International. Many have secondary certifications or training in lactation, perinatal depression and anxiety, and baby wearing.
Doulas are trained, non-medical postpartum experts who are there to support you, educate you, cheer you on, and give you resources and recommendations. Common questions and concerns include breast/chestfeeding, bottle feeding, pumping, postpartum body care and healing, baby care, and emotional ups and downs. We can address all of that in video sessions and texting!
Postpartum care is critical for the baby and the birth person. Every study available proves what we know: When a postpartum doula is involved, the entire family has a healthier, safer, and better experience.
We are here for you.
Founder and CEO
Mandy is a mother 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 is a certified postpartum doula PCD(DONA), Philips Avent spokesperson, and the founder of Major Care™. Mandy holds a MA from Columbia Journalism School, and has written for HuffPost, Healthline, Motherly, and other publications. You can follow her @doulamandy.
Director of Content and Strategic Development
Carrie is a writer, full-spectrum doula, poet, mother, organizer, activist, herbalist, and lover of community. She is the author of two books of poetry and her freelance writing has appeared in/on ELLE, Glamour, Women’s Health, Healthline, and more. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a certificate in Public Health (Maternal Child Health). Carrie has been a doula since 2012 and is active in birth, midwifery, and doula advocacy. Body literacy, body autonomy, and reproductive justice inform all of her work in the world.
Iya Mystique Faodugun
Iya Mystique Faodugun (they/she) is a radical queer femme who is certified as a postpartum and full-spectrum doula, lactation educator, childbirth educator, breastfeeding specialist, and Reiki I and II practitioner. With a master’s of science in clinical mental health counseling, Iya Mystique currently has over 10 years of experience in mental health wellness. Iya Mystique is also trained as a newborn care specialist, holistic herbal practitioner, and an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor. Iya Mystique specializes in Caribbean-Indigenous practices in postpartum care, “Blactation” (Black lactation), radical herbal medicine for the Black community, particularly for Black LGBTQ+ individuals.
Credentials: Certified Full-Spectrum Doula (BADT), Certified Childbirth Educator (Commonsense Childbirth), Certified Lactation Educator (Commonsense Childbirth), Certified Reiki Practitioner (IARP) and Herbal Medicine Practitioner (CSHM)
Lana Mihaiyu (she/her) is a postpartum doula and IBCLC-in-training, specializing in lactation support, babywearing education, elimination communication support, postpartum nutritional guidance and nutrition science blended with traditional Japanese lying-in postpartum practices. As an IBCLC-in-training, her passion is enhancing the nursing experience for new parents and helping them meet their goals.
Credentials: DONA postpartum trained (certification in progress), CLC lactation consultant in training (UC San Diego)
Lexi Tabor (she/her) specializes in supporting the entire family unit, partnering with parents in order to help families feel as rested and confident as possible. Her naturally-nurturing personality and a degree in early childhood development led to a 10-year career as a nanny. She then expanded her expertise with DONA International and Birth Arts International training in postpartum doula work, as well as becoming a Certified Lactation Support Counselor (CLSC). Outside of snuggling babies, she enjoys baking, exploring parks around Cleveland, and visiting her sister’s chickens.
Credentials: CLSC (Birth Day Presence), DONA postpartum doula trained (certification in progress with BAI), CBWS in training (certified babywearing educator), infant sleep (Bebo Mia, Durham University Infancy & Sleep Centre, Newborn Care Training Academy)
Brya Johnson (she/her) specializes in BIPOC-focused care, cesarean support and NICU parents. She is deeply passionate about reproductive justice and empowered birthing for all! Following her own birth, she gained a deeper appreciation for filling in the gaps in postpartum care and support. While working with clients, she strives towards reproductive justice, vitality and empowerment through helping them care for their mind, body and spirit. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, she is taking an additional doula course and a childbirth education course.
Credentials: Jamaa Birth Village Doula Training, Centering Pregnancy, Mama Aïcha Abortion Companionship Training, WCPS Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
Dr. Aparna Iyer
Dr. Iyer is a board-certified psychiatrist with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Iyer works in a private practice in Frisco, TX, where she sees outpatients. She has a special interest in working with women who are pregnant and postpartum, as well as in physician wellness.
Kayla Bitten is a doula, birth educator, lactation counselor, midwife apprentice, and the owner of The Postpartum Clinic, an Alabama-based practice offering comprehensive, inclusive, and culturally competent care for families.
Strategy & Operations Advisor
Stephanie Rose-Belcher is senior strategic and operations leader in the healthcare sector. She has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience, managing production operations, product development, market planning, customer relationships, administrative operations, compliance, and technology teams.
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