Thomas Beatie, the first trans man to give birth has revealed that he is expecting again.
The 34-year-old told ABC’s Barbara Walters that he will give birth to a second child in June (scroll down page to watch a clip). Mr Beatie was born female but underwent gender reassignment and is now legally male. He kept his female reproductive organs so he could have a family.
“I feel good,” said Mr Beatie. “I had my check-ups with my hormone level, as far as the HCG. And everything is right on track.”
Speaking to People Magazine, prior to the birth of his first child, Mr Beatie said: “The only thing different about me is that I can’t breast-feed my baby. But a lot of mothers don’t.” ‘This is because he has had his breasts surgically removed.
His wife of five years, Nancy, is unable to conceive and this prompted Mr Beatie to suspend his hormone treatment and resume menstruating two years ago.
“I actually opted not to do anything to my reproductive organs because I wanted to have a child one day. I see pregnancy as a process and it doesn’t define who I am,” Mr Beatie told TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey in April.
In a letter to The Advocate that ran in late March, Beattie wrote, “I am transgender, legally male, and legally married to Nancy. Unlike those in same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships, or civil unions, Nancy and I are afforded the more than 1,100 federal rights of marriage.
“Sterilisation is not a requirement for sex reassignment, so I decided to have chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy but kept my reproductive rights. Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire.”
The couple’s second child is due in June 2009.
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