Transgender man gives birth
US: Thomas Beatie, who was born a woman but after surgery and hormone
treatment lives as a man, has given birth to a girl at an Oregon
hospital, People magazine reported yesterday.
Beatie, 34, who kept female reproductive organs when he legally
became a man 10 years ago, confirmed the birth to the magazine.
The baby, conceived through artificial insemination using donor sperm
and Beatie’s own eggs, was born on June 29 and Beatie and the baby are
“healthy and doing well,” People reported.
“The only thing different about me is that I can’t breast-feed my
baby. But a lot of mothers don’t,” People quoted Beatie as saying. He
has had his breasts surgically removed.
He told the magazine that contrary to published reports, the baby was
not delivered by Caesarean section, but no other details about the birth
The thinly bearded Beatie told “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in April he
began his sexual transformation about 10 years ago when he began taking
testosterone treatment and had surgery to remove mammary glands and
flatten his chest.
Upon deciding to have a child about two years ago, he halted his
bimonthly hormone injections and resumed menstruating.
Beatie’s wife, Nancy, 46, whom he married five years ago, was unable
to conceive because of a prior hysterectomy.
Otherwise, he has said, “I wouldn’t be doing this.” His spouse has
two grown daughters by a previous marriage.
She said on Oprah’s show their parental roles would be fairly
traditional despite his transgender status. “He’s going to be the
father, and I’m going to be the mother,” she said.