Thomas Beatie says he is just like any other
normal father. But he is about as far as you could be from typical. He claims to have given birth to the child.
Although born a woman, Beatie had his breasts removed and lives outwardly as a man after changing his gender to male.
The 34-year-old says he retained his female sex organs because he intended to have children one day.
He conceived with sperm from a donor and was inseminated at home by his 45-year-old wife Nancy, using a do-it-yourself kit.
Despite opposition from family, friends and the medical profession he continued with the
controversial pregnancy and says that on June 29 he delivered Susan Juliette.
Yesterday Beatie, from Bend, in Oregon, spoke
for the first time about the 40-hour labour,
describing it as the ‘experience of a lifetime’.
He said: ‘It was simply amazing and beautiful and is a moment I will cherish for the rest of my life.
‘Everyone thought I was going to have a caesarean but I always knew I wanted a natural birth and I had one.