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Thomas Beatie, the world's first 'male mother', was the inspiration behind Marc Quinn's 2010 London exhibition. Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment
Male Mother

Man becomes first male to give birth in Britain after sex change

The man – who used to be a woman – gave birth to a son sparking an ethical debate in Britain.

A MAN HAS given birth to a baby boy in the UK, making him the country’s first ‘male mother’, according to reports this morning.

The Daily Telegraph believes the man is in his 30s and is from the West Midlands but few other details have been released.

He was able to carry the child after taking female hormones to reverse the effects of an earlier female-to-male sex change as he did not undergo a hysterectomy.

It is understood that the man is in a long-term relationship.

The baby was born last year but details are only now emerging following an interview in The Sunday Times with Joanna Darrell from the Beaumont Society - a transgender support group in the UK.

Darrell said that the organisation was approached by the man who had questions about the possibility of having a baby. He was referred to Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) and later called the Beaumont Society to thank the people there for their advice.

Numerous groups spoke out against the pregnancy and birth last night, stating the ethics of parenting in this way needed to be considered.

An American man Thomas Beatie was the world’s first man to give birth to a child back in 2008. He received massive media attention as the world’s first “pregnant man” before his daughter Susan was born. He has since had two other children with his wife Nancy.

A handful of men have given birth to children in various parts of the world since Beatie’s first child was born.

For more on this story, see The Daily Telegraph’s report>

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