Ash Patrick Schade of West Virginia was recently profiled in the U.K. tabloid The Daily Mail, which recounted Schade’s experience of getting pregnant in the middle of a transition to male identity and going on to give birth to a healthy baby girl.
“It had never occurred to me that I could get pregnant whilst on testosterone and estrogen blockers, as it’s such a rare occurrence,” the 28-year-old told the outlet.
“I was going through a rough time from 2019 and 2020 and struggled with my mental health due to going through a divorce. I ended up going on Grindr hookups and accidentally fell pregnant.”
Schade met now-husband Jordan, who was very supportive during the birth, while pregnant. The couple plans to have more children before Schade completes the transition protocol.
“[T]hroughout the whole thing I had the love of my husband Jordan supporting me throughout, he even cut Ronan’s cord, he’s been there every step of the way,” Schade also said, according to the Daily Star, another British tabloid. “I had all of my friends following my journey and checking in, as well as the support of the online gay and trans community and even the Satanic Temple of which I’m a member.”
Transgender man who fell pregnant gives birth
Ash Patrick Schade, 28, from Huntington, West Virginia, was taking testosterone and estrogen blockers when he discovered he was pregnant in February 2020. pic.twitter.com/nB7MIzFx5p
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“‘When I went into labor, the team of medical staff had already been briefed on my situation and were amazing, until they were swapped out with different staff members later on,” Schade also explained. “It may sound counter-intuitive, but giving birth felt like one of the most masculine things I have done.”
“I want to be honest and open with Ronan the whole way, and explain to her that sometimes trans men can have babies,” he said. “I can explain to her how I am both her mom and her dad.”
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