Interesting, indeed. I assume that some women would feel the same about male doulas that they feel about male OB/GYNs- that they either can’t empathize because they aren’t women or that they just aren’t comfortable dealing with these issues around men. However, I could care less. I’ve had awful female OB/GYNs and great male ones. My husband was such a great birth coach that I can’t imagine saying a male wouldn’t be good as a doula. I think it just depends on your comfort and trust level with the individual.