Monday, October 12, 2015

A Baby Girl Named "Female"

William Lynwood Montell, Tales from Kentucky Nurses (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015), 76.

The Hospital Didn’t Name the Baby

A lady delivered a beautiful baby girl at an area hospital without any complications. When she was ready for discharge and the hospital was inquiring regarding the baby’s name to be placed on the birth certificate, she stated that the hospital had already named the baby.

When questioned further, she stated that the baby’s name was on the bassinet. The person completing the birth certificate was confused and told the mother that the hospital did not name the baby, that this was her decision. She adamantly told the person that they did name the baby and her name was Female, pronounced Fee Mah Lee, which is how she pronounced the name.

Now the hospital only puts “baby girl” or “baby boy” on the card in the nursery bassinet.

Janet Smith, Irvine, January 14, 2013.