Over 250 men have given birth to babies so far in Australia alone. Medicare allowed people to elect their own gender on documents, rather than being forced to record the sex they were born. Children also will soon be able to choose their gender in Australia after lawmakers backed a new bill. Men also gave birth to babies in other parts of the world aside from Australia. Here is a list of 10 men who gave birth to babies.
1. Thomas Beatie
Thomas Beatie, a transgender man who preserved his female organs, was billed as the world’s first pregnant man in 2007. Since then, Australian men are now also having babies, C-sections, and abortions.
Thomas is also an American public speaker, author, and advocate of transgender and sexuality issues. He focuses on transgender fertility and reproductive rights.
2. Freddy McConnell
When Freddy McConnell, 32, a Guardian Multimedia journalist, began transitioning from female to male about six years ago, he was told he would never have children due to testosterone supplements he would be taking.
However, he eventually gave birth in 2018. He is the first man to give birth who wants to be registered as the child’s father.
3. Fernando Machado
Fernando Machado and partner Diane Rodriguez reside in Ecuador. They were the first transgender couple to give birth in South America. Machado was born female, While Rodriguez was born male.
Moreover, both of them showcase their family publicly as a testament to progressive views. Machado gave birth successfully without any additional medical procedures.
4. Trystan Reese
Trystan Reese, a transgender man, gave birth to a healthy baby boy on July 14 in Portland, Ore. His partner’s name is Biff Chaplow. Reese and Chaplow documented the pregnancy in blog posts and on social media, hoping to make it clearer and easier for everyone to understand what it means for a transgender man to give birth.
In addition to that, they did it to create a new sense of normalcy for people in similar situations. Both Trystan Reese and Biff Leo are social justice activists.
5. Matt Rice
Matt Rice, a transgender man, conceived in 1999 through artificial insemination and gave birth to a baby boy. His partner’s name is Patrick Califia-Rice. They are both transgender men (female-to-male, or FTM).
6. Sabastion Sparks
Sebastion, 24, is a transgender man who lives with his wife Angel in suburban Atlanta. They got married in 2016. Sabastion Sparks, who is biologically a female, identifies as a man, while Angel Sparks is biologically a male but identifies as a female. Sebastian gave birth to their son Jaxen in October 2016. Angel, 33, had transitioned years earlier on before Sebastion.
7. Hayden Cross
Hayden Cross is the first transgender man to give birth to a baby in the United Kingdom. He gave birth to a daughter who was born by cesarean on 16 June.
Hayden, who has been legally male for three years, paused his gender reassignment to have a child. His daughter was born at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
8. Kaci Sullivan
Kaci Sullivan, a Wisconsin-based artist, gave birth as both genders. His first child, Grayson, was born before Sullivan began transitioning. Phoenix, born Nov. 11, 2017, came after Sullivan’s transition.
The pregnancy occurred with Sullivan’s partner Steven when Sullivan briefly stopped taking male hormones for health reasons. Though he was born biologically female, he never felt right in his skin until he transitioned.
9. Chris Rehs-Dupin
Chris Rehs-Dupin and his wife Amy live in Columbus, Ohio. He identifies as a male but had all of his female reproductive organs when he and Amy began trying for their first child. When the couple first tried having children with Amy receiving “intrauterine insemination—a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside a uterus to facilitate fertilization,” it was not successful.
Chris then decided to carry the child himself. Subsequently, he gave birth to Hayden on Dec. 20, 2014. Amy gave birth to their next child, Milo, successfully.
10. Tanner Michael
Tanner Michael grew up in a Catholic household. He said he knew there was something different about him but didn’t realize how to identify it until he nurtured his identity as a performer. His transition from female to male had been a series of steps over some years.
As a child, he was a tomboy who preferred boys as friends and played tackle football. He told FTM Magazine he realized he was a man when he would perform on stage. At that time, female-to-male drag. That’s when he knew he had to transition to who he truly was. Tanner gave birth to a baby girl and the child was named Paetyn.