We're Here to Guide You
We understand you have questions, and we are here to guide you. We help you make educated decisions about your child’s care when they are infants and as they grow to adolescents. We also work with adolescents who are recently diagnosed with differences of sex development after experiencing atypical sexual development. This is a lifelong journey for you and your child, and we are your partners.
Understanding Your Child's Needs Is The First Step
The first step is understanding your child’s condition and determining if it is affecting their physical well-being now or will in the future. For example, if your child cannot urinate properly or their condition increases their risk for cancer of the reproductive system as teens, surgery may be recommended. However, this is uncommon; typically, the decision to pursue surgery can be postponed until medically necessary. Your child’s overall health is our main concern.
Why It's Important to Develop a Long-Term Relationship
More often, your child’s physical health is not immediately affected, and you and your child will begin a long-term relationship with our gender care specialists. Your child’s team may include a pediatric urologist, pediatric endocrinologist, medical ethicist, social worker, and pediatric psychologist. Depending on your child’s age and needs, we also coordinate your child’s care with specialists in neonatology, genetics, pediatric surgery, adolescent medicine, gynecology, and fertility.
Taking it Slow
As we get to know you and your child through multiple visits over time, we make sure you understand the impact your treatment decisions will have on your child’s future health and well-being. We explain the ethical, emotional, and psychological considerations of treatment. It’s a purposely slow and methodical process. We want you to be confident in your decision. We want to make sure your child feels comfortable with their body and gender identity when they become adolescents.
Your Child's Psychological and Emotional Well-Being
Your child’s psychosocial and emotional well-being are critical parts of the process. Our psychologists and behavioral therapists are here for you and your family at every stage of your child’s growth.
We Provide the Full Range of Support
You may also work with our social workers and spiritual care providers, who offer children and families a full range of support, including assistance, education, and referrals to community resources. Our social workers can help you work with school staff if your child needs assistance at school. We also work closely with Duke Law School to offer assistance with legal matters such as changing birth certificates.