September 10, 2013
Transgender Man Gives Birth In Germany, Birth Certificate Doesn't List A Mother

In Germany, a transgender man has given birth to a baby, the first in Europe to do so.

The German transgender man is listed as father to the baby born back in April, The Local reports.

According to the site, the transgender man identifies as male but was born female and retained female reproductive organs:

"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. "

Conflicting reports say the baby was born March 18.

As indicated in the report, the transgender man physically gave birth, but is listed as father and not mother to the baby boy in official records.

While the German transgender man who gave birth to a healthy baby was the first to do so in Europe, and American transgender man named Thomas Beatie made headlines for three separate post-transition pregnancies, after which three healthy babies were born.

Beatie and his wife later separated, and ran into difficulty divorcing due to gender-related legal issues.

A spokesman for the Berlin Senate Administration for Internal Affairs commented on the news out of Germany, confirming that the birth certificate lists the German trans man as father, not mother to the boy:

"The person in question did not want to appear as a mother but as a father on the birth certificate and that request has been honored."

The first German transgender birth follows a 2011 ruling that recognizes the right for a biological male to live as female and vice versa, granting trans people rights "to gain civil legal recognition in the perceived gender."