Trans man slams nurses for ‘mother’ label after giving birth — Analysis
A transgender man who gave birth has criticised nurses for calling him a “mother.” The bearded Los Angeles resident claimed he was misgendered during his pregnancy, demanding that he be called a father.
In a recent interview with The Daily Mail, Bennett Kaspar-Williams, 37, from Los Angeles, described the traumatic experience of being labeled as a “mother” having given birth to a healthy baby boy named Hudson in October 2020.
Kaspar-Williams began to transition in 2014. He had his breasts taken out in 2015. In 2015, he became naturally pregnant after having been off hormone treatment. Hudson was a son of Malik and was born via cesarean.
Kaspar-Williams complained after his pregnancy went well that he had been misgendered several times in hospital.
“The business of pregnancy – and yes, I say business, because the entire institution of pregnancy care in America is centered around selling this concept of “motherhood” – is so intertwined with gender that it was hard to escape being misgendered,”He told The Daily Mail.
The bearded man, who birthed Hudson, described the events as “Dysphoric.” “Even with a full beard, a flat chest, and a ‘male’ gender marker on all my identification, people could not help but default to calling me “mom,” “mother” or “ma’am,”He added.
Kaspar Williams claimed nothing made him more feminine than the fact that he was pregnant, and that having the baby in times of pandemic were the best thing he’d done.
“Nothing feels stronger than being able to say I’m a dad who created my own child,”He said so. The father told the Mail that his son will have a Dada and a Papa, which is both “Natural” and “Normal.”
The interview comes after the heavily criticized replacement of the word “mothers”With “birthing people” in maternal health guidance documents was included in the Biden administration’s budget proposal this summer.
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