Man gives birth via donor

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

BRI­TAIN’S first preg­nant man has given birth to a girl, the Daily Mail has re­ported.

Hay­den Cross, 21, was born a girl and was legally male when he used trans­gen­der hor­mone treat­ment to con­ceive, us­ing a sperm donor he had met on Face­book.

Cross made head­lines around the world and pro­voked an eth­i­cal de­bate when he an­nounced his preg­nancy in Jan­uary – thought to have been the first case of its kind in the UK.

His fam­ily con­firmed he gave birth to a girl, Trin­ity-Leigh Louise Cross, on June 16, and said both were healthy and do­ing well. It means Cross has be­come the first known trans­gen­der man to give birth in Bri­tain.

Trin­ity-Leigh’s birth cer­tifi­cate has Hay­den Cross listed as the mother but there is no fa­ther reg­is­tered.

The sperm donor’s iden­tity has never been re­vealed, with the sperm handed over in a pot on the doorstep of Cross’s flat in Glouces­ter.

In Jan­uary, Cross told how he was liv­ing as a man but was des­per­ate to have a baby, which he wouldn’t be able to do once his sex change was com­plete.

He had started hor­mone treat­ment to com­plete his tran­si­tion three years ago, but stopped it in Septem­ber last year so that he could be­come preg­nant.

The world’s first preg­nant man was Amer­i­can Thomas Beatie in 2007, who was also born fe­male. He went on to have three chil­dren us­ing donor sperm.

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