Many years ago, I was blessed to give life to 2 of the sweetest, most beautiful babies in the world. Of course, every parent feels that their child is the most beautiful in the world, right?
Can you imagine complimenting a mother about her baby and she says, “Thank you, but my baby is not cute”?. You would be shocked and wonder what was wrong with that parent.
Mothers give their lives for their children – doing whatever it takes to make them feel happy and secure. And, of course, I can’t leave out the fathers of the children who feel blessed to have children and share the responsibility of the family.
A sad fact of live is that not every parent is loving and excited to have a child, unfortunately. In the last 50 years, there have been 63 million babies aborted, but in my opinion, as soon as the embryo is fertilized, it’s a baby and the woman is a mom. But, I digress – this is a subject for another day.
The woke movement has decided to refer to me and any woman who has given birth to a baby as a “birthing person.” I take offense to that ridiculous phrase.
Yes, it’s possible for men to become pregnant and give birth to children of their own. Without going into a lengthy explanation of the biology and reproduction system, here’s the simple explanation. Not all people who were assigned male at birth (AMAB) identify as men. Those who do are “cisgender” men. Some people who were assigned female at birth (AFAB) identify as men. These people may be “transgender” men or transmasculine people.
Many AFAB humans who identify as men or who don’t identify as women have the reproductive organs necessary to carry a child. There are also emerging technologies that may make it possible for AMAB individuals to carry a child.
To go one step further, if a woman identifies as a man and goes through all the physical steps to be a man, BUT retains the reproduction organs of a woman, it is possible to get pregnant and deliver a child. If that person decides to “breastfeed,” it is now called “chestfeeding” due to the lack of breasts that have been removed on transgender females. Are you confused yet?
There is no data showing how many individuals who identify as transgender females (AFAB) gave birth in the United States on a yearly basis, but I am pretty sure it is a miniscule number comparted to the 1.74 million women who gave birth during the first six months of 2021 in the United States.
The Biden administration and Harvard Medical School, among others, are using this term “birthing person” hoping it will be a standard term in lieu of “mother” in our everyday vocabulary.
This is not going to happen in my world. I will always be a mother and I will continue to celebrate Mother’s Day.