“Trans dads” are offended that the child birthing process excludes them because they identify as male. So they joined forces with the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) to rewrite guidelines purging offensive language that reference mothers as women.
The new MANA guidelines declares being a biological woman is “not necessary or a relevant factor for being a mother.”
The MANA guidelines further orders midwives to stop referring to clients as “women” and “mothers” and refer to them as “pregnant people” and “birthing individuals” instead.
In response to the radical new MANA midwives guidelines, a group calling themselves “Woman-Centered Midwifery” (WCM) published an open letter signed by hundreds of midwife practitioners.
The open letter, which was signed by the “mother of authentic midwifery” Ina May Gaskin, noted that “MANA’s attempts at inclusivity are commendable in today’s complex world. We are concerned, however, by accelerating trends in our culture to deny material biological reality and further disconnect ourselves from nature and the body.”
The midwives practitioners expressed their concern that “women are now all but missing from the language, as if we can separate woman from mother from baby. Woman is recognized now only in relation to her baby. This is harmful to female adult humans; we women have fought long and hard to be recognized as autonomous beings.”
They midwives continued: “We know as midwives that biological sex occurs at the level of our DNA and the gametes we produce, and is immutable,” and “Human beings, like the majority of other mammals, are sexually dimorphic. i.e. there are two distinct biological sexes.”
Not surprisingly, the “trans men” and their supporters reacted angrily to common sense logic and hard scientific facts.
They started a Change.org petition calling for Ina May’s removal as speaker at the Birth and Beyond Conference. The petition collected 50 signatures.
Trevor MacDonald, a female-to-male transgender pictured above, was presented by MANA as a case study of a “man” who have given birth. MacDonald stopped taking testosterone on doctor’s orders while she was pregnant.
In a blog post, MacDonald, who had most of her breast tissue surgically removed, worried that she might not be able to breastfeed her infant.
“My name is Trevor and I am able to be pregnant because I am transgender. This means that I was born female but transitioned to male by taking hormones and having chest surgery.
“When my partner and I decided to start a family, we got advice from my doctors and I stopped taking my testosterone. My baby is due in April. Because my surgery removed most of my breast tissue, I don’t know how much I’ll be able to breastfeed, but I really want to try.”
But the midwives group scoffed at such “case studies” of “men” giving birth. They point out that so far, only 2 transgender “men” have given birth.
“The very few gender-identified males that have given birth or accessed an abortion have only done so because they are female-bodied people, and that scientific fact cannot be erased,” they wrote.
There's a midwife who specialises in transgender pregnancies. So far, there have only been two of these pregnancies. Wow, she must be busy.
— Lucy Browett (@labrowett) April 7, 2011