These men are breaking down gender barriers in the health profession each and every day.

According to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA), fewer than 1% of registered midwives in Australia are male.

The term itself is misleading – it does not limit the role to women only, but rather refers to a person who is ‘with the woman’ while she gives birth.

For those of you who watched Channel Ten’s hit drama Offspring, you’d be familiar with Leo, a male midwife who despite his knowledge and expertise must prove himself in a female-dominated environment.


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So would you have a male midwife with you during birth? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone.

The Heightened Emotions Of Pregnant And Labouring Women

There is a belief that male midwives simply wouldn’t be able to cope with the heightened emotions of pregnant and labouring women in the same way that female midwives would.

We think this is completely ridiculous and it turns out that Edith Cowan University’s associate professor of midwifery Sara Bayes agrees with us. Speaking to the ABC, Dr Bayes said, “Certainly the male midwives we’ve brought through our university, and that we have in our state that we know of, have had a very strong view that there is a place for men in that clinical setting. They do intensive training – they’re registered nurses already (and then) they do at least 12 months consistently in a clinical area, so they have an opportunity to make their networks and demonstrate their capability.”

Worries Proved Unfounded

A story published on parenting website essentialbaby.com.au recounts the experience of Becca who was assigned a male midwife for her birth. Despite some initial apprehension, Becca found her midwife to be nothing less than professional and supportive.

“He walked in and made me feel at ease very quickly with his kindness and humour, which continued throughout the whole labour. The room was very relaxed, yet I felt like he was in complete control. He was very calm and kept reminding me what a privilege it was for him to be sharing this amazing day in our life with us.”

What more can you ask for really? As in life, the gender of a person tells you very little about their personality and their capabilities – it’s what women have been trying to prove for nearly a century.

We think any man, or woman for that matter, that takes on this incredibly demanding and challenging job must be a pretty special person.

Would you be happy to have a male midwife look after you during birth? Let us know in the comments. 

 


  • As long as they are qualified, kind and professional that’s all that matters,

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  • I couldn’t care less about the gender of the midwife as long as they are qualified and compassionate.

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  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen a male midwife before but it’s fine, all professions can have men and women.

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  • I had a male midwife and he was wonderful! I was a little bit hesitant when I was told that he was the midwife on duty at the time as he was the only male at the hospital I went to and I was hoping to not have him. Well I was completely wrong, because of him I didn’t get any tearing and he was great to talk to through a long night too!

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  • As long as the midwife is qualified and I was comfortable with them it wouldn’t bother me if they were male or female.

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  • No difference to a male obstetrician which is very common.

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  • I would just want the best person for the job. Can that be a male midwife? Not sure. My child birthing days are done now, so it doesn’t matter.

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  • I had female and male midwives and did not care about gender. Gender made no difference. Also I had students in too. Male and female midwives are equally qualified and they have seen countless female bodies. I do not have any issues with midwives seeing what they have seen countless times – they have studied anatomy!

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  • In theory there should be no difference. Not sure how I feel about it though. It’s supposed to be a nurturing and comforting role…

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  • We use male Drs, Gynaecologists so what’s so different about a male midwife. No I would not have a problem at all.


    • Absolutely! I just want the person best qualified in any medical field regardless of gender.

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  • I can’t see the problem with a male,he is a professional after all!

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  • I personally wouldn’t want to have a Male midwife. Just wouldn’t feel comfortable being naked around another Male than isnt my husband.
    However I think it’s great that males are wanting to work in the midwife industry.

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  • I’m a bit funny having male nurses see me naked I don’t know if I would want a male nurse see my va jay jay
    Not that I’m saying they aren’t good at there job and I’m sure they would be unfortunately it’s just how I feel I’m a bit of a private person when it comes to my body.
    And it’s funny you know my daughter had a accident when she was six she fell on bike and cut open her v jay jay
    And it’s was bleeding and she couldn’t even go to the toilet we had to do a hospital trip and had a male doctor and she wouldn’t show the male doctor and would only see the nurse who was a female and I think that comes down to me teaching her being private and not showing boys your body parts and no one should touch you in those spots

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  • Personally I can’t see the difference between a male nurse/midwife or doctor – one just has had a bit more training, but they are all male. It’s funny that men are being discriminated against for being midwives when if it wasn’t for Florence Nightingale, we would have had all nurses being male.

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  • We had one at the local hospital when I had my first daughter 35 years ago and he was brilliant

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