July 4, 2008

Transgender Man Has Baby

A woman, who chose to legally become a man ten years ago, gave birth to a baby girl at an Oregon hospital, according to People magazine.

Thirty-four year old Thomas Beatie was born a woman, but after surgery and hormone treatment now lives as a man.

Beatie grew up in Hawaii as Tracy Lagondin and was a Girl Scout, model and finalist in a teenage beauty pageant.

Beatie began to live as a man when he was in his 20s and officially changed his gender.

The baby was born on June 29.  It was conceived through artificial insemination using both donor sperm and Beatie's own eggs.

People reported Thursday Beatie and the baby are "healthy and doing well."

"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. His breasts were surgically removed.

He told the magazine that the baby was not delivered by Caesarean section, but no other details were given about the unusual birth.

Mr. Beatie's obstetrician, Dr Kimberly James, told Oprah Winfrey in April, "This baby is totally healthy. This is what I consider a normal pregnancy."

Beatie said his sexual transformation began about 10 years ago. That's when he began taking testosterone treatment and had surgery to remove mammary glands to ultimately flatten his chest.

Two years ago Beatie decided to have a child, so he stopped his bimonthly hormone treatment and resumed menstruation. Nancy, Beatie's wife of five years, was unable to have a child 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. The couple owns a T-shirt printing business in Bend, Oregon. The state recognizes Beatie as a man, and the couple is legally married.

Nancy told Oprah 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.