Thursday, March 27, 2008

The pregnant man

When I worked at Saatchi in London our company pub was called 'The Pregnant Man' - after an ad the agency did with a photo of a depressed-looking guy that was up the duff. The tag line went, 'Would you be more careful if it was you that got pregnant?'

Of course he wouldn't - he's a man! It's like that world-class eejit idea of the male pill. I mean come on, you can't even get a guy to change a loo roll or put the seat down (5 years and still trying), never mind get him to take a tablet at the same time every day.

But I digress.

A man is currently making the headlines because he is indeed pregnant. Thomas Beatie, now legally male and married to a woman, was born female and underwent gender reassignment surgery. He is due to give birth to a baby girl in July.

According to Times Online, "He decided to carry a baby for his wife, Nancy, because she had a hysterectomy years ago. He was able to get pregnant because he kept his female organs when he switched genders." Continue reading.

I have questions, like, will he nurse? Or rather, can he nurse? Those boobs don't look like they are up for the job. Will they let him go into labour or take the baby out early, because I guess it's a no brainer that it will be a C-section birth. Also, will he be legally listed as the mother or father of the baby?

I'll be very interested to read more on this story after the fact.

Thanks to Louise for the tip.

Source and photo: Times Online


Anonymous said...

Why is a c section a no brainer? When he stopped taking testosterone to conceive, his periods returned meaning downstairs must all be intact - there's every chance he can give birth naturally.


letters from london said...

That's a good point. I've tried to find out more about this story to clear up just exactly what is meant when it says he underwent 'gender reassignment surgery'.

As you mentioned it's clear that he is very much a woman inside, but I assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that the female organs they were referring to were internal ones, and that he'd had his vagina fashioned into a penis, and therefore a vaginal birth would not be possible.