Saturday, May 28, 2011

Top Secret: Baby's Gender

This will blow your mind: Parents Keep Baby's Gender a Secret.

While there’s nothing ambiguous about Storm’s genitalia, they aren’t telling anyone whether their third child is a boy or a girl.

The only people who know are Storm’s brothers, Jazz, 5, and Kio, 2, a close family friend and the two midwives who helped deliver the baby in a birthing pool at their Toronto home on New Year’s Day.

"When the baby comes out, even the people who love you the most and know you so intimately, the first question they ask is, ‘Is it a girl or a boy?’" says Witterick, bouncing Storm, dressed in a red-fleece jumper, on her lap at the kitchen table.

"If you really want to get to know someone, you don’t ask what’s between their legs," says Stocker.

Storm's parents believe that children can make meaningful decisions of their own from a very early age, and they find the phenomenon of parents making decisions for their children to be "obnoxious." Storm's parents are intentionally raising Storm in a gender-ambiguous fashion to allow Storm increased freedom to make decisions about Storm's identity and personal preferences that might otherwise be influenced by the expectations of others based upon Storm's gender.

“We thought that if we delayed sharing that information, in this case hopefully, we might knock off a couple million of those messages by the time that Storm decides Storm would like to share," says Witterick.

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