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Anyone else feel like it really is a tide that is turning these days? The American College of Nurse Midwives issued a statement in support of working towards quality, competent care for trans and gender non-conforming people.

Woo-hoo!

~ Radical Doula Miriam Zoila Pérez, January 17, excited over a recent statement issued by ACNM that “addresses the need for education about transgender issues in midwifery education.” The statement explains:

HIV infection within the gender variant community is 4 times the rate of the general population; rates of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, and depression and suicide attempts are also higher. These outcomes disproportionately affect gender variant people of color.

[G]ender variant individuals desire parenting roles and can and do create biological families….

Musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, breast, and pelvic care for individuals who have undergone hormonal and/or surgical therapy is typically straightforward but in some cases requires additional training.

[Photo, via UK Telegraph, is of pregnant transgendered California couple Scott and Thomas Moore, both born as girls, and their two adopted sons, “children of a former female partner of Thomas’s.” Scott is due with his/her first baby next month.]