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Blank Children's Hospital

Transgender Care

At Blank Children's, the Adolescent and Endocrinology Clinics provide education about medical care options for gender-variant and transgender youth in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Safe Zone trained providers will ensure compassion and understanding for all patients.

We can provide the full spectrum of care, from simple observation and guidance to hormone suppression and hormone affirming therapy for adolescents. 

Our policies and best practices align with foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, services, support and employee benefits. 

Our Services

Our team strives to provide gender-variant and transgender youth and their families with comprehensive education and resources about the options available in medically supporting gender affirmation or transition. 

Patient and family comfort is a top priority, and we encourage parents to ask any questions or call us with questions or concerns. 

What we can provide:

  • Primary care and routine exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Routine cancer screening
  • Contraceptive management
  • STI testing and treatment
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Hormone therapy
  • Post-surgical care following gender affirming procedures
  • On-site lab and radiology

Your Visit

Patients are checked in by the nurse, who checks blood pressure, heart rate, weight and height measurements. Clinic appointments are conducted by our providers. 

Community Resources

Des Moines Pride Center

The Des Moines Pride Center is a community organization that serves, supports, and celebrates gender and sexual minorities and their allies.  
Phone: (515) 277-7884
Address: 1620 Pleasant St, Suite 244, Des Moines, IA 50314
Email Des Moines Pride Center

One Iowa 

One Iowa's mission is to support full equality for LGBT individuals living in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education.
Phone: 515-288-4019
Address: 3839 Merle Hay Rd. STE 274, Des Moines, IA 50310

Iowa Safe Schools

Iowa Safe Schools partners with the Iowa State Education Association in offering online learning opportunities for Iowa's educators, social workers, counselors, administrators, and other youth-serving professionals in the state.
Phone: 515-471-8024
Address: P.O. Box 704, Des Moines, IA 50303
Email Iowa Safe Schools

Books for Parents

  • The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals, by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper
  • Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children, by Rachel Pepper
  • Transgender Rights, edited by Paisley Currah, Richard M. Jung, and Shannon Price Minter
  • Resources

Books for Transgender Pre-teens and Teens

  • Be Who You Are, by Jennifer Carr
  • 10,000 Dresses, by Marcus Ewert
  • Booklist

Books for Transgender Teens

  • Outlaw: What LGBT Youth Should Know, by Lisa Keen
  • Gender Identity the Ultimate Teen Guide, by Cynthia Winfield
  • Booklist

Resources