This three year ESRC-funded project represents the first international study to address the sociological and health care implications of the reproductive practices of trans people who become pregnant and/or give birth. The central aim of this project is to provide an in-depth understanding of the feelings, experiences and health care needs of trans people (including trans men, transmasculine people and non-binary individuals) who wish to, or become, pregnant.

The project will consider the impact of advances in science and technology and explore issues of access to new reproductive technologies in relation to different welfare regimes and policy contexts. In considering the relationship between gender identity, the gendered body, and masculinity and femininity at subjective levels, the project seeks to examine how narratives of trans pregnancy and birth bring new understandings to the embodied and gendered processes of parenting.

See the Trans Pregnancy project pages for more information.

Funding bodies

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 


  • Professor Sally Hines (Principal Investigator, University of Leeds, UK)
  • Dr Carla Pfeffer (Co-Investigator, University of South Carolina, US)
  • Dr Elisabetta Ruspini (Co-Investigator, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
  • Dr Damien Riggs (Co-Investigator, Flinders University, Australia)
  • Dr Francis Ray White (Co-Investigator, University of Westminster, UK)
  • Dr Ruth Pearce (Research Fellow, University of Leeds, UK)