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Pregnant Man Gives Birth Again

thomas-beatie-pregnant-man-gives-birth-againABC News is reporting that Thomas Beatie, the transgendered individual who gave birth to a child a year ago, has done so again.

ABC says that Beatie had a boy and that it was “natural childbirth” (they put it in quotes, not me). Beatie’s wife Nancy will breastfeed.

Beatie is better known as “the pregnant man,” which isn’t quite accurate as far as I can tell. It does, however, make for a better headline.

Here’s a video in case you’ve forgotten about this:

This story brings up a whole host of gender identity issues, none of which I feel qualified to talk about intelligently. (If you’re interested, Shannon and I discussed the issue a bit on this episode of Babble Talk Radio. By “discussed” I mean that Shannon talked and I listened. It’s a big topic that we want to revisit another time.) One thing I haven’t heard discussed is whether or not it’s a great idea for someone who has had so many hormones pumped into their body to be giving birth. It seems like there would be some risk involved, more so than usual.

I know it’s a loaded question but is anyone bothered by the Beatie birthing bonanza? (Any excuse for alliteration.) Or maybe you think it’s great that someone is able to have kids in a non-traditional way? (Is it non-traditional? I don’t know the answer to that.) Or does this news barely make a blip on your personal radar?

Source: ABC News

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