Pregnant man shares story with Oprah
Posted Fri Apr 4, 2008 9:25am AEDT
A transgender man who is six months pregnant said in an interview aired by Oprah Winfrey overnight that he always wanted to have a child and considers it a miracle.
"It's not a male or female desire to have a child. It's a human desire," a thinly-bearded Thomas Beatie said.
"I have a very stable male identity," he added, saying that pregnancy neither defines him nor makes him feel feminine.
Mr Beatie, 34, who lives in Oregon, was born a woman but decided to become a man 10 years ago.
He began taking testosterone treatments and had breast surgery to remove glands and flatten his chest.
"I opted not to do anything with my reproductive organs because I wanted to have a child one day," he told the talk show host.
Mr Beatie says he is carrying the child because his wife Nancy had a hysterectomy 20 years ago after suffering severe endrometriosis, and he has a strong desire for a child that is biologically his.
Nancy - to whom Mr Beatie has been married for five years and who has two grown daughters by a previous marriage - also appeared on the show.
She said the couple's roles will not change once the baby is born.
"He's going to be the father and I'm going to be the mother," she said.
Their marriage is legal and he is recognised under state law as a man.
The couple was shown on video provided by People magazine, which collaborated with Winfrey on the show, showing the room that will be the baby's nursery.
Mr Beatie said the little girl was going to be "daddy's little princess."
His obstetrician, Dr Kimberly James, told Winfrey: "This is a normal pregnancy."
She said Mr Beatie stopped taking testosterone two years ago and his levels of the hormone are normal.
"This baby is totally healthy," she said. "This is what I consider a normal pregnancy."