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Gender Identity: A Brief for Perinatal Nurses

Wisner, Kirsten, MS, RNC-OB, CNS, C-EFM

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September/October 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 5 - p 291
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000452
ONGOING COLUMNS: Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing

A growing number of individuals consider themselves gender nonbinary or gender nonconforming, defined as not identifying with a particular gender. This is especially true among our youth. It is important that clinicians understand related terminology and how to provide culturally competent care to this population. Our maternity nursing expert, Kirsten Wisner, offers insight on gender identity terminology and resources for appropriate care.

Kirsten Wisner is the Magnet Program Director, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Salinas, CA. She can be reached at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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