Skip to comments.Unborn Baby Dies Because Pregnant Transgender Mother’s Medical Records Listed Her as “Male”
Posted on 05/16/2019 1:08:36 PM PDT by NoLibZone
A pregnant woman living as a transgender male arrived to a hospital with severe abdominal pains and nurses didnt immediately consider it an emergency because she appeared to be an obese man who stopped taking blood pressure medication.
Healthcare professionals at the hospital didnt even think this individual may be a pregnant woman because she was listed as a male in her medical records.
Women in their child-bearing years showing up to the hospital with these same symptoms are immediately taken in and examined just in case there are pregnancy-related complications, but since nurses thought this patient was a male, the unborn baby didnt make it and the patient delivered a stillborn baby.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
“A pregnant woman living as a transgender male”
Every bit about this phrase is a lie.
Stop me if I’m wrong, but isn’t falsifying medical documents a crime?
Well the “living” part is true except in possibly some philosophical sense.
She got pregnant, so was not living as a man. :-)
In this twisted world the medical documents would be legally in error i.e. have lies in them if she were referred to in them as female.
But she was “living.” She was not dead.
There should be another gender category on medical records: biological sex.
Alright, who in the world impregnated this ladydude?
Link isn’t working for me. The link reads www.com something so i think it got mis copied.
I am so sick of this complete insanity.
It is absolutely IMPERATIVE that medical people know the REAL sex of patients. They are DIFFERENT. Not all of course, but some things are quite different between sexes undoubtedly due to chemistry such as hormones.
THEY indeed have to accept that they are the sex they are.
Wait for the malpractice suit.
Her attorney is going to claim this mentally-ill chick was just that, mentally ill, and that the medical professionals at the hospital should have been able to determine her “biological gender”.
There’s definitely money to be had somewhere in this mess.
The most amazing aspect of this debacle is that someone actually impregnated that thing.
From the original AP story
When the man arrived at the hospital with severe abdominal pains, a nurse didnt consider it an emergency, noting that he was obese and had stopped taking blood pressure medicines. In reality, he was pregnant a transgender man in labor that was about to end in a stillbirth.
The tragic case, described in Wednesdays New England Journal of Medicine, points to larger issues about assigning labels or making assumptions in a society increasingly confronting gender variations in sports , entertainment and government . In medicine, theres a similar danger of missing diseases such as sickle cell and cystic fibrosis that largely affect specific racial groups, the authors write.
The point is not whats happened to this particular individual but this is an example of what happens to transgender people interacting with the health care system, said the lead author, Dr. Daphna Stroumsa of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He was rightly classified as a man in the medical records and appears masculine, Stroumsa said. But that classification threw us off from considering his actual medical needs.
Stroumsa would not say where or when the case occurred, and the patient was not identified.
Transgender men, who are considered female at birth but who identify as male, may or may not be using masculinizing hormones or have had surgical alterations, such as womb removal.
The 32-year-old patient told the nurse he was transgender when he arrived at the emergency room and his electronic medical record listed him as male. He hadnt had a period in several years and had been taking testosterone, a hormone that has masculinizing effects and can decrease ovulation and menstruation. But he quit taking the hormone and blood pressure medication after he lost insurance.
A home pregnancy test was positive and he said he had peed himself a possible sign of ruptured membranes and labor. A nurse ordered a pregnancy test but considered him stable and his problems non-urgent.
Several hours later, a doctor evaluated him and the hospital test confirmed pregnancy. An ultrasound showed unclear signs of fetal heart activity, and an exam revealed that part of the umbilical cord had slipped into the birth canal. Doctors prepared to do an emergency cesarean delivery, but in the operating room no fetal heartbeat was heard. Moments later, the man delivered a stillborn baby.
A woman showing up with similar symptoms would almost surely have been triaged and evaluated more urgently for pregnancy-related problems, the authors wrote.
Its a very upsetting incident, its a tragic outcome, said Dr. Tamara Wexler, a hormone specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Medical training should include exposure to transgender patients so health workers are better able to meet their needs, Wexler said. A lot of doctors who are practicing didnt have that in their training but can still learn from such patients now.
Nic Rider, a transgender health specialist and psychologist at the University of Minnesota, said training isnt enough.
There are implicit biases that need to be addressed, Rider said.
Health records may use male/female templates for gender but it doesnt mean that we just throw out critical thinking or think about how humans are diverse, Rider said.
The case is horrifying but not terribly surprising, said Gillian Branstetter, a spokeswoman for an advocacy group, the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington.
Transgender people often run into problems getting gender-specific health care such as cervical cancer screening, birth control and prostate cancer screenings.
More needs to be done to improve medical awareness and recognition of diversity because the consequences can be so dire, as this case shows, Branstetter said.
Dont you know in some of our insane states, you can even check off ?? on a BIRTH CERTIFICATE? Much less a DL.
It was NOT rightly classified as a man. Geesh!
Evidently it did not want to be all male
And the New England Journal of Medicine article
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