He's having a baby

Thomas Beatie is a transgendered pregnant man. Why he chose to keep his reproductive system in tact:

"Sterilization 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…."

He later married his wife, Nancy, and when they decided to have a child, they were stricken by infertility: Nancy (who has two grown daughters from a previous marriage) had severe endometriosis and was unable to conceive. It was an easy decision for Thomas to make an attempt at pregnancy.

His road was not an easy one; he had to stop hormone therapy to re-regulate his system. There were many clinical IUI attempts. There was an ectopic twin pregnancy that resulted in emergency surgery and the loss of one of his tubes. Finally, he was able to conceive via home inseminations; he his six months pregnant with a baby girl.

DVR’d episode of Oprah watched, I have this to say about Thomas the pregnant transgdendered man:

More power to you and your wife. Who am I to criticize how someone chooses to live their lives and build their families? I love it, and I’m glad they had the balls to step up and go public with it. Thomas said, "Love builds a family."

You’re damned right.

3 Comments

  1. stephanie on April 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I’m sorry for your sucky day, it sounds pretty bad. Wish it wasn’t so.
    I just wanted to say thanks for being a clicker and writing on my blog. I really appreciate it. I’ve stopped by yours a few times but I’m guilty of just lurking. I loved the Easter egg hunt video. That’s so much like my family, I can totally relate.
    I saw the Oprah pregnant man episode as well yesterday. It was pretty interesting and sensational. I couldn’t help but think of Thomas as a lesbian that looked like a man. I guess that’s the only way I could wrap my head around it. Still pretty interesting for sure.
    Oprah looked a little stunned when he said that it’s his reproductive right to have his own biologic children. I’ve gotten the impression that she doesn’t get that desire, but she had no choice but to agree.



  2. Carrie on April 4, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I finally watched this today, as well. I thought it was very interesting.



  3. Ann on April 5, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Just wanted to say a big Amen! to your next to last paragraph.