Germany - the first country in the EU - allowed to record the sex of newborns as "indeterminate."
The change will affect only hermaphrodite children, who are born with characteristics of both sexes. The move aims to ensure that parents do not rush with a surgery to "clarify" their child's sex, giving specialists more time to carefully observe the tendency of the newborn child to one or other sex.
Prior to adoption of the current amendment, such surgeries would be carried out immediately after birth. This often led to psychological disorders in these children into adulthood.
According to statistics, one out of two thousand babies worldwide are born hermaphrodite.