“Pregnant Man” Thomas Beatie and his wife, Nancy, are making plans to expand their history-making family. Transgender male Thomas made headlines in June 2008 when he became the first man to have a baby. The couple are now parents to Susan, 2-1/2, Austin, 20 months, and Jensen, seven months.
But amidst plans for another child, Thomas and Nancy are dealing with some very serious financial matters – the couple has been forced to file for bankruptcy and live on food stamps and their home was repossessed last year.
Reports say that the Beaties annual self-employment income dropped from over $300,000 in 2008 to negative $16,000 in 2010. The stock market crash wiped out their savings and their T-shirt printing business failed, leading to their home in Bend, Oregon going into foreclosure. “It has been a very difficult year,” said Thomas. “We never thought we would leave Bend. We planned on staying there and raising our children. “But the children remind me every day what’s important. They are our motivation to succeed and press on.”
According to their bankruptcy documents, the Beaties are over $3 million in debt, which includes over $330,000 for credit cards and over $14,000 in medical expenses. Though they claim to have only $150 in their bank accounts, the couple remain optimistic about their future and plans for another child.
“We are staying positive and we’re determined to make this a good family home,” Thomas said. “We’re both strong people and we’ve been through worse things in our lives. People might think this will have affected us and brought us down, but we refuse to let things beat us, and we don’t want anyone’s sympathy.”