Thursday 22 March 2018

First British man to give birth fears reaction of his parents

World's first male mum Thomas Beatie
World's first male mum Thomas Beatie

Nick Britten

A MAN believed to be the first in Britain to give birth has described his fears that his parents will want to "convert" him back to being a woman.

The 27-year-old university graduate, who was born a woman but has had treatment to change his gender, gave birth to a girl in March last year, and admitted he had had to cope with concerns from his family.

He said his parents took the pregnancy well but added: “They seemed to be OK but I am worried they may try and ‘convert’ me back to the way I was because of the perceived ‘mental health’ of the baby when it’s born.

“My mum’s already told me I’d be a good mummy and I said ‘no, I’ll be a good daddy’.

“She’s got used to that. I’d hate to fall out with them over their own grandchild.”

However, he also revealed that another member of the family, an aunt, had not been so supportive. He said: “She wanted to know if I was going to stop being silly and become a woman again, she wanted to know if I was going to get rid of the silly new name I’d adopted.

“She wondered how on earth I was going to cope when I was going against society in this manner, men don’t have babies!”

The man made his comments on a blog he wrote, which has now been removed from the internet, and in forums. For transsexual parents.

He was born a woman but had been living as a man for five years. He had legally changed his name and gender and had been receiving hormone treatment, but decided to attempt to conceive with his male partner, from whom he has now separated, using his own eggs.

He conceived after stopping hormone treatment that had deactivated his womb and gave birth to the baby he calls his “little angel” in March last year. His case is thought to be only the fourth in the world.

He said: “I’m not the first man to have a baby, and I won’t be the last, but we’re not fully accepted and understood yet, there’s still a long way to go.”

The man said he was keen to remain anonymous because he did not think the publicity would be good for his daughter and revealed that his history as a woman is not known to some of his friends.

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