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Born this way

Your child is struggling with the gender they were born with and you are at a loss on how to understand and support their needs – emotionally, physically and socially. The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers care to children and adolescents who identify as a gender different than the sex they were assigned at birth.

Sarah Garwood, MD, co-director of the Transgender Center explains, “This is a vulnerable group of kids who need specialty expertise, and we are working to make sure they get the care they need, including pediatric medicine, endocrinology and mental health counseling.”

Families with transgender children face a number of hurdles when seeking care, among them insurance obstacles and outright discrimination. Dr. Garwood adds, “Early intervention is necessary to ensure transgender kids lead the healthiest happiest lives possible.”

The Center’s physicians, nurses, therapists and support staff are dedicated to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment in which transgender people may receive the education, medical assistance and mental-health counseling they need to make decisions that will impact their well-being throughout their lives. The Center offers the most advanced treatment and therapy based on current research and practice.

The Transgender Center is committed to:                    

  • Providing personalized, multidisciplinary care that addresses each individual’s unique needs, and ensuring that care is confidential
  • Promoting an accepting and respectful environment, including using preferred names and pronouns

The Transgender Center accepts self-referrals or referrals from physicians and mental health providers. Please call 314-454-KIDS (5437) or 800-678-KIDS (5437) to make an appointment. 

St. Louis Children’s Hospital
One Children’s Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Children’s Specialty Care Center
13001 North Outer Forty
Town and Country, MO 63017