Transgender Man gives birth and breastfeeds his new baby.
Evan Hempel, a US transgender male has given birth to a baby boy.
He started taking hormones in 2003 to physically become a transgender man, but never lost the desire to carry a baby.
About five years ago, Evan and his female partner, decided to stop his testosterone injections and start trying artificial insemination with donor sperm.
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After a couple of failed attempts, Hempel became pregnant in late 2015, and gave birth to a son.
Evan’s sister, Jessi, detailed the complicated relationship between masculinity as a transgender man and the feminine act of giving birth in this week’s issue of TIME magazine.
While some transgender men have trouble reconciling the physical feelings of pregnancy, Evan had no issues.
According to him:
“It was a gamble.I didn’t know how I’d feel.
“But it turns out I just feel like it’s really cool that my body can do this.”
It became quite complicated explaining his pregnant status to his colleagues at work.
Man Gives Birth, Breastfeeds Baby Boy
Most of them hadn’t realized he was transgender and still thought of him as a male.
Evan, who is based in the Boston area, says he had positive experiences with everyone he informed of his pregnancy.
Although he missed out on the usual reactions from strangers, rather than sporting a baby bump, people just assumed he had a beer belly.
“People talk about the attention you get when you’re pregnant, and for the most part that was absent for me.
“Mostly I liked that, because I don’t like body attention normally, but there’s also a loss.”
Evan also revealed that he had some difficulty getting his medical insurance to cover things like pregnancy tests.
This was because he was registered as male on all his documents.
According to him, he had to repeatedly explain that his sex is female, and his gender is male.
After all the hassle at each checkup, Evan eventually gave in and changed his gender to female.
Evan’s birth went smoothly, with his son arriving right on time.
Evan the transgender man is now chest-feeding (what transgender men call breastfeeding).
He says he will eventually start taking testosterone again so his breasts will shrink back down.