Meet the “dudela” – the male doula who promises to support the DAD during childbirth
Expectant mothers who are concerned about who is going to hold their hand on the day of delivery can now relax.
Thanks to the imaginations of a man who calls himself a “dudela”, fathers-to-be can relinquish their manly responsibilities in the delivery room and be there for every step of the birth.
Just as a doula offers support and expert advice to women in labour, the “dudela” guarantees that photos will be taken, Facebook announcements will be posted and text messages asking for progress reports will be answered.
A dude”s duty: Men can hire a “dudela” to take over the responsibilities of texting photos and posting Facebook messages so they don”t miss out on the birth
The “dudela” in question – a man named John whopreferred not to reveal his surname in order to protect his identity at work – posted an ad for his services on UrbanBaby.
Responding to questions posed by MailOnline, he explained what inspired the idea:
“The idea of the dudela is satirical. I got the idea when my 33-weeks pregnant wife and I started looking into doulas and learning about all of the wonderful services they provide.
“I thought it would be funny to have someone offer to assist partners with those little tasks that seem to be more commonplace shortly after a baby is born.”
For $200, slightly less than a typical doula”s fee, John offers what he calls: “mobile device management, social network coordination, fantasy sports assistance and concierge services.”
Before the due date, you can collaborate with the “dudela” on an announcement message that he will then be in charge of sending once the baby is born.
He”ll work his magic across all social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and answer texts, ensuring that everyone is informed of the happy news and no device is left uncharged in the process.
Most importantly to many expectant fathers, John can track the progress of a fantasy football team. He explains in his ad: “The world of sports will not stop for the birth of your baby. Don”t worry whether Curtis Granderson matches up well against David Price (he doesn”t) or if the 49ers defense can stop the run (they can).
“As a veteran of many fantasy leagues, familiar with both the ESPN and Yahoo! platforms, I will ensure your team doesn”t miss a beat, so you won”t miss a beat in the delivery room.”
And his service don”t end there. For those who wouldn”t dream of celebrating a major event without a cigar, John has you covered. He boasts: “Good thing I”ve been a subscriber to Cigar Aficionado for the last 10 years.”
It may be a bit of joke to the recent father, who confessed he posted the ad for his own entertainment, but some may find the service appealing if it ensures their other half will be there holding their hand through the delivery.
So far he has had no inquiries but one rather amused member of UrbanBaby was curious as to the extent of his services, posting this comment in response to the ad:
“But will you whine and complain about how the baby won”t sleep and nag the new Mom about when she”s going to be ready to have s&x again, or does Dad have to take care of that on his own”