Medicare Data Reveals 22 'MEN' Gave Birth in 1 Year, and 228 in a Decade
Politics academic claims males being pregnant is 'masculine'
Twenty-two Australian 'men' gave birth in one year according to Medicare data, as one politics academic insists that pregnancy could be associated with 'masculinity.'
The documentary profiles a 30-year-old British transgender man preparing to give birth to a son.
During the past financial year, 22 males gave birth according to the government's Medicare data.
These figures added to the 228 self-identified men who were pregnant during the past ten years.
But in the 16 years to June 2009, there were no recorded males giving birth, with only one case classified as 'unknown' in that time.
Dr. Lauren Rosewarne, who is a senior lecturer in social and political sciences at the University of Melbourne, rubbished Melbourne 3AW broadcaster Neil Mitchell's notion that 'having a baby challenges your very masculinity.'
Rosewarne insisted that masculinity and pregnancy can go together.
"Masculinity means different things to different people," she said.
"I'm sure your masculinity is different to any other man in your office."
"In this case, gender is something that people who go through a gender change have thought extensively about but probably think about it in less binary terms than most of us."
Dr. Rosewarne argued that a person who was biologically a woman could be male without having any sex-change surgery.
"They may not have necessarily had an operation, but they now identify as male," she said.
"For them, they consider their entire identity wrapped up in the identity of a male; therefore, they refer as males."
The academic also implied society needs to catch up and adjust to the ideas of gender.
"It is something culturally we have to think more about, and it's jarring for some people," Dr. Rosewarne said.
"Jarring is not a bad thing; we all have to adjust our way of thinking."
"It's not just about what bits you have."
Problems with confusion on Gender
In May, a baby died after a pregnant born-female transgender patient was rushed to hospital with abdominal pains but "identified" as male to medical staff, causing doctors to miss the pregnancy-related emergency.
After doctors eventually realized the real issue, they performed an emergency cesarean, but the procedure was too late, and the baby was born stillborn.