[Ed. – Shh, the baby might hear.]
An article in the November issue of Pediatrics Magazine has caught the attention of social media watchers and is raising quite a stir. Dr. Leena Nahata, a professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus delivers a cautionary tale about expectant parents holding “gender reveal” parties or even informing friends and family about whether their upcoming bundle of joy is a boy or a girl. I’m guessing that you can see where this is going already.
Reuters jumped on the story shortly after it came out and delves into precisely why painting the nursery pink or blue in advance may be harmful to the child.
“By celebrating this single ‘fact’ several months before an infant’s birth, are we risking committing ourselves and others to a particular vision and a set of stereotypes that are actually potentially harmful?”
Nahata works with transgender children and families of infants born with congenital conditions that complicate a gender designation. Currently, she writes in her editorial, 1 in 4,500 to 5,500 infants are born with such conditions.