A transgender man from Portland, Oregon has given birth to a healthy baby boy after taking hormones for almost ten years. Trystan Reese, 34, thought he had missed his chance of having a biological child of his own after suffering a miscarriage in the past, but he and his partner Biff Chaplow were delighted to be proven wrong as they welcomed their son, Leo Murray Chaplow on the 14th of July.
Trystan was born female but he started taking hormones almost a decades ago, but stopped when he fell pregnant. He and his partner have been together for seven years and are not new to parenting, having adopted Chaplow’s niece and nephew back in 2011.
After the birth, the couple announced via Facebook that both Trystan and the baby were in good health and spirits. Reese and Chaplow told CNN that newborn Leo “eats like a champ, sleeps well, and gives us lots of cuddles.”
“We are so lucky to have been able to welcome him into our lives and cannot wait to see who he grows up to be,” they said.
The couple documented their journey into pregnancy on social media where they announced they were going to have a baby in January. Two months later, Trystan posted a video in which he explained his decision to carry a baby as a transgender man.
“I’m OK with my body being a trans body,” the 34-year-old said. “I’m OK being a man who has a uterus and has the capacity and capability of carrying a baby.”
The reactions which the parents had to face online have also included negativity and criticism.
“We find that behind the shroud of anonymity, people feel pretty empowered to tell us what should happen to us, to our children, to our family,” Reese admits. “The reason why you have a kid is because you want to see more love in the world, and remembering how difficult that’s going to be, it’s hard.”
Since Leo was born, however, they have been delighted at the “outpouring of support” on Facebook and the attention by media outlets from all around the globe.