Male Doula, Why Not?

  • Maurício Caxias de Souza
  • Wilma Dias de Fontes Pereira
  • Sérgio Ribeiro dos Santos
  • Ericka Silva Holmes Federal University of Paraíba - Brazil.
  • Waglânia de Mendonça Faustino e Freitas
  • Rayanne Santos Alves
  • Ana Lúcia de Medeiros
  • Leila de Cássica Tavares da Fonsêca
  • Saemmy Grasiely Estrela de Albuquerque
  • Maria Bernadete de Souza Costa
  • Aurilene Josefa Cartaxo Gomes de Arruda
  • Eveny Natássia Santos Ferreira da Silva
  • Natalia Peixoto de Oliveira
  • Márcio Aurélio Diniz
  • Fátima Michele Bezerra de Sousa
  • Juliana Barbosa Medeiros


Objective: Report experience of male person on a Doulas training course, whose historical dominance is female people and the training scenario is unique to this genre.

Methods: Qualitative and descriptive study, reporting the experience in a Training Course for Doulas held in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, in June 2015. The results characterize the course, followed by the experienced living. The analysis was funded by the literature on the subject.

Results: The experience showed that the process of working as doula must be delimited by an understanding beyond sexism and from exploitation for it.

Conclusion: It is noteworthy that care as an archetype should not be associated with the gender division of activities in the ideological process of the rite of passage transcribed in a training course, neither in the care of women.

Jan 25, 2017
How to Cite
SOUZA, Maurício Caxias de et al. Male Doula, Why Not?. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, jan. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 07 may 2021. doi:
Global Health & Health Policy

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