A transgender man who had grabbed headlines for his pregnancy earlier this year, is overjoyed after giving birth to his first biological child this month.
Trystan Reese (34) living in Portland, Oregon, has given birth to a boy with his partner of seven years, Biff Chaplow (31). Their son, Leo Murray Chaplow, was born July 14.
The couple announced the baby’s birth on Facebook, just the way they had broken the news about Reese’s pregnancy on social media in January.
“Our beautiful baby has been born!!! 9.5 pounds, 21.5 inches. Trystan and baby and doing great, and we are all completely over the moon,” the couple wrote on their Facebook page.
Reese and Chaplow have previously adopted Chaplow’s niece and nephew and Leo is their first biological child.
“Literally the first breath he took and his lungs filling with air and the giant cry he let out was the most amazing experience of my life,” Reese told Global News. “I was completely overwhelmed with love for this tiny human, and for [my partner] Biff for believing in me throughout this process.”
Reese and Chaplow have documented their parenting adventures and posted updates throughout Reese’s pregnancy on their Facebook page. They made a video announcing the pregnancy in January.
Reese, who was assigned the female gender at birth, posted a video in March explaining his decision to carry a baby as a transgender man.
“I’m OK with my body being a trans body,” he said. “I’m OK being a man who has a uterus and has the capacity and capability of carrying a baby.”
This is not the first time a transgender man has given birth. In June, Hayden Cross (21) became Britain’s first pregnant man to give birth after he conceived by a sperm donor.