‘Male Mother’: Sex Change British Man Gives Birth to a Baby

The man, who was a woman in the past, has become Britain’s first ‘male mother’ by giving birth to a son.

The man gave birth after having hormone treatment to reactivate his womb, which was not removed during the original sex change operation. Photo: YouSayToo

The 30-year-old man whose identity remains unrevealed, managed to carry a child after taking female hormones to reverse the effects of his female-to-male sex change treatment, says the UK’s Telegraph.

The man is from the West Midlands and is in a long-term relationship but it’s not clear whether his partner is male or female.

Medical experts said that if the womb is not removed in sex change surgery, woman who becomes a man can have a child.

However, others claimed the welfare of the baby is paramount and queried how the child will deal with even the simplest issues, such as how to call the man ‘Mummy’ or ‘Daddy’.

Trevor Stammers, director of medical ethics at St Mary’s University College, London, said: “You are hardly going to end up with a baby that’s going to have a happy, productive and optimal childhood.”

Details were revealed by Joanna Darrell from the Beaumont Society, who provides support and protection to people who changed sex or intend to do so, a process also known as gender reassignment.

The woman said the man, in his thirties, inquired about the practicalities of having a baby after the surgery, writes the Daily Mail.

“We had a general inquiry to the Beaumont Society,” Joanna Darrell said.

“He wanted to know what surgery he could have before it would be impossible to carry a baby. He also asked about the possible health implications of retaining his womb.”

He was referred to another charity but later he “got back in touch about six months ago to thank the society for its help and to say he had had the baby.”

The society keeps in secret the identity of father and son.  “I’m not able to pass on any of his personal details out of respect to his and his son’s privacy,” Ms Darrell said.

“As far as we know there is only him, one man in America and one in Spain who have done this.”

“This is probably unique, in the two years that I have been a member of the society this is the only one that I have been able to refer on,” she added.

In 2008 Thomas Beatie, from Oregon, announced that he became the world’s first ‘pregnant man’ after a hysterectomy left his wife unable to conceive. He has now three children.

Josephine Quintavalle, of Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said there needs to be a proper inquiry in to the issues surrounding these births.

“We have to sit up and consider these things,” she said. “I don’t think it is in the interests of the child to distort nature this way.”

“She continued: We are prepared to do anything possible to fulfil the rights of the adult. But I think it is at the expense and rights and welfare of the child.”

“Whether we like it or not, human biology is for a male and female to produce a child and they are then called Mummy and Daddy.”

“If there is one thing that is uniformly agreed about children, it is that they like conformity, they like to be exactly the same as everybody else,” she added.

Meanwhile, earlier this month the Create Fertility Centre in Toronto revealed that it was providing hormone treatment for a number of male sex change patients with intact wombs who are hoping to become mothers.

Clifford Librach, the clinic’s medical director, would not confirm how many men are pregnant or when any babies are due to be born, but he has defended his stance in the Canadian media.

“People have this misunderstanding about their [transsexuals’] situation,” Mr. Librach said. “If they have organs from one or the other sex than the one they were born with, it’s really no different from any of the other treatments we do.”

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said it “may” have given advice on the procedure.

The spokesman added that any ethical issues concerning the welfare of a child born to a sex change man would be dealt with by the individual doctors concerned.

The HFEA does not keep any data on female to male transsexuals who have become mothers but a spokesman said that it may start collecting statistics in the future.

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