When you hear the terms “birthing expert” or “doula,” you might picture a woman. But what would you think if “she” was a “he?” Ivanhoe introduces you to a male doula who helps not just the mom-to-be, but the dad-to-be as well.
Welcome to the Rocking Dads class, an introduction to the birthing experience, taught by 46-year-old Brian Salmon, known as the “Birth Guy.”
Salmon is a birthing expert, known as a doula. He’s a man in a traditionally female role, and it brings up a lot of questions.
“The biggest one is, ‘oh my god, how would a woman want a male doula at their birth?’” Salmon said.
But many do. Salmon’s classes are packed and one main reason begins long before the delivery room: he helps dads get ready for their child’s birth in the Rocking Dads class.
His sense of humor helps put these soon-to-be dads at ease, that and the fact that this birthing expert is a guy.
“I think he’s a likable dude, and really brings a lot of comfort to the subject,” said Eval Avnon, an expectant dad.
His information is solid knowledge. Salmon has studied biochemistry and physiology and has a degree in radiology. One topic he teaches dads is the benefits of breast-feeding.
“The baby is getting antigens from mom,” Salmon said. “It prevents breast cancer, certain types of breast cancer in mom, certain types of uterine cancer in mom.”
Clint Belew, a graduate of Salmon’s Rocking Dads class, said, “I tell all my friends, you know, anybody that’s having a baby coming up, I’m going, ‘hey, you gotta go and see this guy cuz he’s gonna change your whole experience.’”
Contributors to this news report include: Shari St Clair, Field Producer; Brogan Morris, Assistant Producer; Bruce Mansicalco, Videographer; and Brent Sucher, Editor.