Appreciate academic freedom Oct 21, 2022 11:48:23 GMT -5
Post by Chu Chu on Oct 21, 2022 11:48:23 GMT -5
You are describing a situation where the genitalia observed at birth are ambiguous. As someone who has delivered many babies, I can tell you that the standard and correct thing to do is refer the child and parents for consultation and further investigation, to include chromosome studies and genetic analysis. Fortunately for the newborn, they don't care about anything but nursing, sleeping, peeing, and pooping, so there is time to investigate and get things right. Later in life, issues of gender (as opposed to sex) might occur, but that is not a concern early on.
There have been bizarre situations described in the literature, whereby doctors have "assigned a sex" in infancy in order to "correct" problems, and these have turned out very poorly. One that I remember learning about was an infant male who had a horribly botched circumcision, with loss of the penis, and upon advice of the doctor, was raised as a female with hormone therapy and later surgery. I think that the idea was if you raise this child as a girl they will never know any better, and all will be fine. This child wound up with severe gender dysphoria, and depression, and ultimately committed suicide.