Kayden Coleman, a trans father of two children, said Today both of her pregnancies were traumatic due to discrimination by medical providers.
The 34-year-old said doctors used wrong gender pronouns when they talked to him or talked about him, called him a mother and discouraged him from having his children entirely.
“There were a lot of questions about my identity, very misgendering. Having been told I shouldn’t be in spaces looking for assistance because they were considered women’s spaces. I’ve been offered an abortion a ridiculous amount of times.”
In addition to discrimination by doctors, Coleman said he was denied access to pregnancy care such as birth classes, breastfeeding classes and postpartum support groups because they were labeled as women’s spaces.
A small study suggests that more than 22% of pregnant trans people choose to have births at home because of medical discrimination
A study by the National LGBTQ Task Force they found that 28% of trans people said they had been persecuted by medical professionals, and 50% had had to teach their doctors a competent trans language.
Defenders say these types of interactions with doctors lead trans people to avoid interacting with doctors who do not know trans health whenever possible.
“Health care is a fundamental human right. This study clearly documents that it is regularly denied to transgender and gender-compliant people,” said Mara Keisling, director of the National Executive Center for Health ‘Transgender equality.
“The study also provides information on the serious health impacts of discrimination that transgender people face.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you are born at home they constitute less than 1% of pregnancies in the United States. However, a small 2014 study found more than 22% of pregnant trans people opt for a home birth aided by midwives or doulas.
Guidelines from u American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists State physicians should use comprehensive language to refer to patients during pregnancy as “parents” rather than mothers, “parturients” rather than expectant mothers, and “breasts” rather than breastfeeding.
The use of inclusive terms like these could cause a lot of anxiety to trans parents while they are pregnant, advocates say.
“It is scandalous that basic health care is denied to transgender people and that it does not conform to gender and that so many additional traumas are caused by doctors instead of being resolved by doctors,” said Rea Carey, National Executive Director of the LGBTQ Task Force, the report.