Trystan Reese is a transgender man who gave birth to a son in 2017 and who’s counseled hundreds of transgender men around the world who’ve also given birth,
NBC News reported.
And Reese made a bold declaration to the network.
“You can be a man and have a baby,” Reese — director of family formation for the Family Equality Council, a national nonprofit that advocates for LGBTQ families — told NBC News. “And they are starting to see that that is possible, and that hasn’t always been the case.”
The network added that Reese “believes it’s a good thing that more trans men and nonbinary people are beginning to see that pregnancy is a possibility for them, whether they want to experience it or view it simply as a means to an end.”
Here’s a video report about Reese and his partner Biff Chaplow and the birth of their son Leo:
Transgender man gives birth to baby boy
‘We got pregnant in three months’
Jay Thomas is married to Jamie Brewster, NBC News said, and the 33-year-olds are both transgender.
In 2016, Thomas — who had been on testosterone for more than two years — wanted to get pregnant, the network said.
While a physician said Thomas had likely gone through early menopause — and that if they were able to conceive at all, Thomas would have to go off the hormone for at least 18 months — Thomas told NBC none of it was true.
“We got pregnant in three months,” Thomas told network, adding that the couple’s son Dorian, 2, was born less than a year after that doctor’s appointment.
In the following tweeted photo, Thomas is on the left, and Brewster is on the right:
More from NBC News:
There is no data on how many transgender men and nonbinary people give birth in the United States each year, because medical systems track them as female, but experts believe the numbers are likely higher than many would expect. The number of people who identify as transgender is growing: A
2016 study from the Williams Institute found that 1.4 million adults in the U.S identify as transgender, which was double the estimate based on data from a decade earlier. […]
But doctors, nurses and medical office staff are still adjusting to the idea that those who are pregnant may not identify as women. Transgender and nonbinary people describe gaps in medical professionals’ understanding ranging from an ultrasound technician calling them by the wrong name to doctors who tell them hormone therapy probably ruined their fertility. The consequences can be dire. A
recently published case study described a transgender man who went to an emergency room with severe abdominal pain — but doctors were slow to realize that he was pregnant and in danger. The man delivered a stillborn baby several hours later.
A doctor who wrote about the incident said the unnamed patient “was rightly classified as a man” in medical records and appeared masculine.
‘It really is tailored for women … in the language and everything about it’
Ethan Clift, 36, and wife Allison Clift-Jennings, 41 — who are both transgender — decided in 2017 they wanted biological children, the network reported.
The couple decided to freeze their embryos before Clift transitioned since testosterone blocks ovulation, NBC News said. But Clift told the outlet that doctors and nurses at the fertility clinic in Reno, Nevada, where the eggs were harvested struggled to get Clift’s pronouns correct.
“The whole process is difficult — it really is tailored for women, essentially, in the language and everything about it,” Clift told NBC News.
“I feel like transgender health is a form of biohacking because there aren’t a ton of studies out there — legitimate studies — and there aren’t a ton of doctors that really know it inside and out,” Clift added to the network.
You can read the entire NBC News story here.