While male obstetricians are a normal, popular choice for soon-to-be mothers, male doulas are almost completely unheard of. You might be surprised to know they exist!
Hiring a doula is becoming increasingly popular with modern-day mothers. Almost always, when one thinks of a doula, you imagine a female. While it is still rare, male doulas are becoming more common.
Benefits of a Male Doula
While one might think women are more comfortable around other women when it comes to something personal like birth, most women do not choose an OB/GYN based on gender (NIH).
In the case of Dustin Young, he believes that black pregnant women are more at risk in the delivery room and wants to help. He’s right. Black mothers are 4 times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white mothers. And Young has dedicated his life’s work to protect those women.
Young encourages other men to step up and get involved as doulas. By advocating for black mothers and babies, male doulas can save lives and help educate other men assisting in the delivery room.
A doula is a support person. An educated male doula not only provides a strong voice for and specialized support for the mother, but he has the unique ability to provide support and empathy for the father.
Choosing a doula is a very personal and careful decision and having the option for male or female support is a benefit for any mother-to-be. The SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an available resource for pregnant and new mothers in need of support, education, and community services.