Jun 10, 2008 - quirky    No Comments

mummy, daddy or …

I read about Thomas Beatie in March as the world’s first male who is gonna give birth to a baby. I later discovered that he was born female, named Tracy Lagondino, but had gender reassignment surgery and is now legally male and married to a woman. The world’s first pregnant man says he and his wife may have more children in the future.

Thomas Beatie, who is due to give birth to a girl in four weeks, said that he was “on top of the world”.

“I feel fantastic,” he said in his most revealing interview since falling pregnant. “I cannot wait to see my baby’s face.”

Mr Beatie also disclosed that he was inseminated using a syringe supplied by a vet, and that an earlier attempt to get pregnant resulted in a miscarriage.

He said the love and support he and his wife Nancy received from friends and families prompted the decision to have more kids in the future.

“All the people who really know us and love us, our friends and family, have been incredibly supportive,” Mr Beatie told the News of the World.

“So much so we might even have more children. We will just see what the experience is like with our daughter’s arrival first and then give it some thought.”

As sterilisation is not a requirement for sex reassignment, he had chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy but kept his reproductive organs intact. “Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire but a human desire,” he writes. The couple, who have been together for ten years, run a custom screenprinting business in Bend, Oregon, where neighbours do not know that Mr Beatie was once a woman.

The Beaties admit their situation is out of the ordinary but insist their daughter will be raised in a household with traditional mother and father roles. Nancy Beatie said she’ll act as the child’s mother, while Thomas Beatie assumes the father role.

According to anthropologists, this pair behaves like a man and a woman in a very traditional marriage and will probably bring those roles to the family, and their little girl will grow up like all little girls grow up, with a daddy and a mommy.

I cant help but wonder how will children of such parents behave when they grow up, dysfunctional parents and families look cool in sitcoms but living with one can be trying, especially for young ones.

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