Transmasculine people’s experience of pregnancy loss

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Professor Damien Riggs You're invited to this public seminar as part of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) seminar series, presenting Professor Damien Riggs from Flinders University

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Wednesday 14 August 2019 12:00 pm until Wednesday 14 August 2019 01:00 pm (Add to calendar)
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Professor Damien Riggs (Flinders University)
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Across the world, a small but growing number of transmasculine people are choosing to conceive and give birth to children. As is true for all people, pregnancy loss is an unfortunate reality faced by many people. For transmasculine people, however, given cisgenderism in hospital settings and more broadly in terms of attitudes towards transmasculine people and pregnancy, a pregnancy loss may bring with it specific meanings unique to this population of people. Drawing on interview data collected in three countries (Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States), this paper reports on the specific experiences and needs of transmasculine people who have experienced a pregnancy loss. Of the 50 people interviewed, almost a quarter had experienced a pregnancy loss. Of those who had experienced a pregnancy loss, themes identified included binaries of 1) supportive partners and partners who manipulated transmasculine people in terms of conception, 2) intense medical scrutiny and supportive medical responses, 3) pregnancy loss as devastating and pregnancy loss as common place, and 4) supportive family responses and families from whom the pregnancy had been hidden due to discrimination. In sum, the participants who had experienced a pregnancy loss called for greater awareness and understanding of transmasculine people’s needs, and the importance of talking about pregnancy loss as a potential part of reproductive journeys.


Damien W. Riggs is a professor in psychology at Flinders University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He is the author of over 200 publications in the areas of gender, family, and mental health, including Working with transgender young people and their families: A critical developmental approach (Palgrave, 2019). The project reported in this talk draws on an ESRC funded project, led by Professor Sally Hines, and undertaken in collaboration with Dr Ruth Pearce, Associate Professor Carla Pfeffer, Dr Francis White, and Dr Elisabetta Ruspini.

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