With nearly two decades as a massage therapist under his belt, Kelly Carrington was already well-versed in the human body when, in 2014, he became Canada’s first certified male birth doula. The father of three explains his part in the fast-growing maternity movement. Doulas seem to be increasingly popular these days. Why? People are more educated about the birth process now. They want to have control because control feels safer. Sometimes they feel that having a doula will help give their birth a more team approach, rather than just going into the hospital as another patient. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 38 Alua Arthur Death doula Alua Arthur talks to Kyla Marshell about preparing for life's final ritual. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Hannah Traore The art world's next big thing is a gallerist. Arts & Culture Issue 44 The False Mirror Compositions inspired by the iconic clouds—and surrealist sensibilities—of René Magritte. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Boaz Nechemia Meet Jerusalem’s favorite weatherman. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Fredi Otto One scientist's mission to prove the link between extreme weather and climate change. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Ghostlore Four questions about supernatural studies.