In 2008, Thomas Beatie made worldwide headlines for becoming the first legal man to give birth. Thomas, widely known as “The Pregnant Man,” and his wife, Nancy, who had a hysterectomy, making her unable to have children, brought Susan, now 3, into the world in 2008. The couple joins The Doctors to reveal how their lives have changed since making the news.
“[Susan’s] doing awesome,” Thomas says. “She’s really precocious. It looks like I replicated myself, she looks just like me. It’s remarkable.
“When people say that I had a family as a publicity stunt, I just have to laugh,” he adds. “That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Who has a family for a publicity stunt?”
In the three years since having Susan, Thomas gave birth to two more children: Austin, 2, and Jensen, 1. Meet the Beatie family!
Thomas, who was born female, explains his transition into manhood, then motherhood and, finally, fatherhood.
“Being pregnant wasn’t an easy decision, because I had worked so hard to transition to male,” Thomas says. “I realized that going off my testosterone and going through the process of pregnancy might erase some of the progress I made with my body. But I knew that I had to go through what I needed to go through to, ultimately, have our first child.”
Thomas took testosterone to change his appearance on the outside, and while he is legally a man, he still has female reproductive organs. “I chose to keep them, because I didn’t think removing them would make me any more or less of a man,” he says. “It would just make me sterile, and I wanted to have a kid one day.”
One of the major hurdles in Thomas’ process of becoming a man was undergoing a double mastectomy to remove his breasts to give him a masculine figure. The procedure, however, left him unable to breastfeed. As a result, Nancy breastfed all three of their children after taking hormones and undergoing induced lactation.
Having such a public and controversial pregnancy and family has not been easy for the Beaties. “People have used the debate that what we’re doing is unnatural,” Thomas says. “We’ve received death threats [that say] our children are going to go to hell, we’re going to go to hell, we should be killed.”
“I had a lot of sleepless night,” Nancy says. “Why would you want to kill my children?”
“We are working with the FBI right now,” Thomas says. “They’re keeping a monitor on us. People need to broaden their horizons and look more introspectively. This is a very healthy environment for us to raise our children because they have a loving mother and a loving father and loving siblings.”
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