A transgender man, Fernando Machado who was assigned female at birth and his partner Diane Rodriguez, who was assigned male at birth, gave birth to a healthy child after conceiving with his transgender wife, making the couple the first transgender couple in South America to do so.
The couple who gave birth in June, live in Ecuador have expressed their desire to have more children.
Machado told BBC:
“We are the same as other families. Even though we might not have the same rights, we are the same,”
The transgender couple met after meeting on social media more than two years ago.
Diane told the BBC :
“We don’t have a name yet – or rather we do – we are just waiting to announce it.
“Being a mother was never something I thought I would do because I am a transsexual.The law before demanded that to be recognised as a woman you had to be castrated.”We are the same as other families. Even though we might not have the same rights, we’re the same.
Ms Rodriguez on the other hand said, said she never thought she would have the opportunity to be a mother.
The couple have not undergone full gender reassignment so were able to conceive naturally.
‘We live as man and woman. I’m a transfeminine woman and Fernando is a transmasculine man. The process to get here was complex for each of us,” Mr Machado said.
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