A Hope For Trans Women: Born without a womb


News has been breaking today that may be one of major importance to the transgender community. Today saw the birth of a child that was grown in a transplanted womb. The 37 year old Swedish woman received the womb from a close family friend last year and has just recently given birth to her first son.

A pioneering procedure that so far has used donated wombs from living people, some are looking at the possibility of including the womb on donor registration from women who have died. Despite being able to help thousands of women around the world who don’t have the ability to carry their own child, some are worried that the surgery may be too expensive and potentially dangerous, with no guarantee of a successful pregnancy.

Now, there is no news yet about whether or not this surgery will become something common, or just which women will benefit from it, but I’m sure that every trans women who is reading this now has the same feelings about it that I do. Hope. Well, hope mixed with sadness.

I know that I’m never going to be able to have a child, that I can never be a mother to my own flesh and blood. Yes, there are other options out there available to me, and I’m not saying that I’m not open to them, but the possibility that one day transgender women might be able to carry their own children is phenomenal.

I don’t want to get my hopes up, or any of my readers either, but I hope so much that one day it could happen.



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Amy is a journalist and editor contributing the websites Planet Transgender, Gay News Network, The Bottle Episode, The Retro Box and Claire Channel. Amy is also a published comic book writer and letterer. In addition to her writing Amy has also worked with the Centre For Hate Crime Studies in Leicester and has worked in the capacity of an advisor to the United Nations Entity For Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women.


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