Wednesday, November 12, 2008

For some babies, gender is neither pink nor blue

Is the baby a boy or girl? Few things are harder for new parents than hearing their doctor say, "I don't know."

"It is shocking," said Katrina Karkazis, PhD, the author of a new book, Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority and Lived Experience, which will be released by Duke University Press on Nov. 14. Shame and confusion may overwhelm parents whose infant's anatomy doesn't match typical male or female patterns, Karkazis said. "It's not something you find in most books that prepare you for having a baby."

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