What's the deal with Doulas?

Now I might be going crazy or I might just be reading too much into things but I think this season writers have a thing for Doula's. Now I'm not talking about every writer and like I said I might be reading too much into things but in the past week I've seen Doula's on not one but TWO comedies. To me that's too much Doula for this dude.

However I can see why they've started to focus on Doula's. Look at the job description:

"Doula" (pronounced "doola") is a Greek word meaning "woman servant or caregiver". It now refers to an experienced woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth. A doula believes in “mothering the mother” - enabling a woman to have the most satisfying and empowered time that she can during pregnancy, birth and the early days as a new mum. This type of support also helps the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience.

Nowadays most doulas undertake some training.  Birth doulas are experienced in childbirth, although they may or may not have given birth themselves. They have a good knowledge and awareness of female physiology BUT the doula is not supporting the mother in a clinical role - that is the job of the midwife/medical staff.

via Doula UK

This has to be the most ridiculous/best job ever. You don't need a qualification you mainly just need to have experienced child birth and not gone off the deep end and want to go through that with another woman so that she doesn't go crazy and actually enjoys the "miracle" of life. Okay this job sounds pretty horrible/difficult/rewarding.

Both Mulaney (a comedy that HAS to be doomed) and About a Boy (love that show although I think the "boy" is becoming a man...awkward) featured them in the show with very different takes. About a Boy it was very much just a passing joke that may or may not feature more heavily as the season goes on. Mulaney on the other hand went deeper...so much deeper and actually featured a birth. Both shows portrayed Doula's in a good light but I can see a comedy coming down the road soon...very soon that will rip into Doula's and whether they're necessary or even sexist, I mean where's the equal opportunity for men?? (okay not many men would want that job).

But seriously...what is the deal with Doulas? Are doctors not interesting enough? Are we just skipping over midwives?

So many questions so little time...

And that's what really grinds my gears

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