A transgender couple has gone viral for their decidedly unconventional family in which the trans man — or biological female — gave birth to their child, while the trans woman — a biological male — attempted to nurse the baby.
What are the details?
The trans woman — whose name is Petrona and who identifies as the child’s mother despite not birthing the child — can be seen in a now-viral video unsuccessfully attempting to breastfeed the couple’s newborn baby.
The video, a clip from Facebook’s “9 Months with Courteney Cox,” shows Petrona lying in bed with transgender male Ahanu — who identifies as the child’s father despite giving birth to the child — and the couple’s child shortly after birth.
Both Ahanu and Petrona are topless in the video, and Ahanu’s elective mastectomy scars are visible alongside a postpartum stomach as Petrona fruitlessly tries to breastfeed the couple’s child.
In the clip, Ahanu asks Petrona, “Are they getting any milk?”
“They” in this case is in reference to the baby, whose gender has not been identified at the time of this reporting.
Petrona responds, “The baby has been able to latch, but I’ve not been able to produce any milk. That’s OK, because I’m going to supplement the feeding with formula so that my baby is still getting the nutrients that they need, but I’m still feeling hopeful.”
In the same episode, Ahanu described a disturbing experience with the “very violent” while an adolescent.
“[G]rowing up, I had a gender assigned to me and it caused me a lot of unnecessary trauma.”
Petrona agreed and said that her family’s minds were “filled with Christian supremacy.”
“They’re stuck,” Petrona complained. “There’s no escape. They’re trapped, and to me, that’s a really sad … world.”
Cox’s Emmy-nominated series followed the parents through the pregnancy and continues on as the parents try to obtain a non-gendered birth certificate for their newborn baby.
“I’m very uncomfortable with [labeling sex on a birth certificate],” Petrona said during the episode.”There’s no medical benefits to knowing anything about a baby’s genitals. It is really unfortunate that that’s where the medical system is … all we are trying to do is let our baby tell us who they are.”
— Sarah Taylor (@thesarahdtaylor) July 14, 2021
Author : Sarah Taylor