A transgender father who has given birth to his own child has spoken out and claimed that men have no idea what expectant mothers have to go through and how “awful” pregnancy can feel.
32-year-old Freddy McConnell has transitioned from a woman to a man but decided to keep his womb so that he could give birth to his child.
His journey to becoming a father was caught on camera and presented in a documentary called Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth.
“If all men got pregnant then pregnancy would be taken so more seriously and talked about. F***, it’s f***ing awful. If men had to go through this all the time you would never hear the end of it,” Freddy claimed a few months into his pregnancy.
As the trans man admitted, it was difficult but worth it being filmed for the documentary.
“I think I totally underestimated the difficulty of being on camera and being filmed a lot. I remember thinking ‘this is really odd I’ll get used to it,’ but I never got used to it,” he added.
“This is a film about me having a baby. But what I feel like I’m going through isn’t me having a baby or pregnancy, it’s a much more fundamental total loss of myself.”
While Freddy gave birth to his child as a trans man, he still faces challenges because he is recognized as a mother under the grasp of the law.
As the 32-year-old explained the General Register Office requires each child to have a mother listed on their birth certificate and in Freddy’s case, only he could be listed as the mother.
The argument led Freddy to take the matter to the High Court in hopes of winning his case against the government that forced him to be recognized as the child’s mother rather than the father he transitioned into.
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