NHS releases pregnancy advice and resources for gender-expansive expectant parents after suspicious delay – INTO
The NHS has added resources on trans and non-binary pregnancy to its website after an anonymous whistleblower reported that their publication had been deliberately delayed. Talk to new on May 29, the whistleblower alleged that the NHS had been sitting on these resources for nearly a year due to “anti-trans views in parts of NHS England leadership”.
As of May 31, advice is now hosted on a page titled “Having a baby if you are LGBT+.” It includes information on the different options available to LGBTQ+ people to have children, how to navigate taking testosterone during pregnancy, and how to breastfeed after upper surgery or during an affair.
As official medical resources available to the general public, these tips are crucial for the safety and well-being of LGBTQ+ people. A 2020 LGBT Foundation Survey found that 30% of trans and non-binary respondents had not sought NHS pregnancy services (rising to 46% for trans parents of color) compared to 2.4% of cis women.
The whistleblower described the advice as “a lot of research, done by reaching out to a whole range of people – of different genders – to understand the needs of their users”. While it is unfortunate that it has taken so long for these resources to become widely available, the fact that these pages have been completed and have remained for a year is not normal for the NHS, according to the whistleblower .
But they’re not the only ones to suspect the delay may have been targeted. Nadia Whittome, Labor MP representing Nottingham East, Told PinkNews“I am delighted that the NHS has finally released advice for trans and non-binary pregnant people, but there needs to be a thorough investigation into why it has been sitting around for almost a year.
“The NHS has a duty to all patients. Moral panic and transphobia should not prevent access to vital health information.
If NHS leaders are found to have blocked medical resources for LGBTQ+ patients, they could be held liable for breaching equality laws.
In the end, what matters is that the advice did convey to the general public. In a follow-up conversation with new after the resources were published, the whistleblower said: “I am relieved to see that [the NHS is] Do the right thing. But it’s such a shame that it had to be [speaking to the media] for that to happen.