Transgender dad documents pregnancy and giving birth in emotional BBC documentary   Mirror Online

Transgender dad documents pregnancy and giving birth in emotional BBC documentary Mirror Online


Transgender dad documents pregnancy and giving birth in emotional BBC documentary Mirror Online Trans man Freddy shares his struggle with identity while he was pregnant with his child and gave birth last year A transgender dad has given birth to his own son and he has shared his story. In new BBC documentary Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth, Freddy McConnell documented his pregnancy and his different take on fatherhood. Freddy was born female and had already transitioned into a man when he fell pregnant after using a sperm donor two years ago in 2017. The emotional documentary has detailed his journey to fatherhood from the first pregnancy scan until he gave birth. Freddy recalled how people mistook his burgeoning bump for a beer belly. He was able to carry the little boy for nine months because he had decided to keep his womb incase he had wanted to have children. It also shares the dad andapos;s struggle with his identity when his body went into reverse because he had to stop having hormone injections in a bid to conceive. Emotional scenes showed Freddy bemoaned he felt like a f asterisk asterisk asterisk ing alien while he broke down in tears. He said: I don andapos;t like it. Every time I think about it, it andapos;s like andapos;what the f asterisk asterisk asterisk am I doing? andapos; I don andapos;t like the idea that I andapos;ve got f asterisk asterisk asterisk ing tampons in my bag. Freddy had been taking the testosterone injections from the age of 25 while he transitioned from a female to male. The injections give the transgender men more body hair, facial hair, a deeper voice and stop their periods. Also the transgender man went under the knife to remove his breast tissue. He started trying to conceive in 2016 and his first attempt failed. But Freddy had good news when he got pregnant after his second insemination which only set him back £300. His mother Esme Chilton wept while she revealed her fear as she expressed it was a scary and daunting project for a trans man to carry a child. As a trans man to carry your own child is a scary, daunting prospect, Esme said. You just worry for your child that you want them to be happy. Freddy first told his mum Esme Chilton he had always wanted to be a boy when he was at university, in Edinburgh. He is locked in a legal battle to be formally registered as his child andapos;s dad which would leave his son motherless.

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