Berlin man gives birth to baby boy at home
The Local · 9 Sep 2013, 10:40
Published: 09 Sep 2013 10:40 GMT+02:00
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The baby boy was born on April 11th this year in a home birth, as hospitals are required to write the name of the mother in their records when a child is born. It was delivered with the help of a midwife in the Neukölln area of Berlin.
On government records the new father, who is transgender, is registered as a man. This makes him the first male in Germany to give birth, Berlin newspapers reported on Monday.
He reportedly became pregnant through a sperm donation, the Bild newspaper reported. Officially the child does not have a mother, only a father.
The case is reminiscent of transgender Thomas Beatie who has given birth to three children in the US.
Transgender people are able to give birth to children because even when a woman undergoes hormone therapy to become more physically masculine, they can retain female sex organs.