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13th February 2012, 08:52 PM
A PROUD dad was yesterday revealed to be the first MAN in Britain to give birth. He is only the fourth person in the world officially classed as male to have had a baby.

The man, in his 30s, was born female but underwent ----swap surgery later in life. Despite the operations, he still had a womb and was able to get pregnant.

The unnamed man was said to be from the West Midlands and in a long-term relationship. Last night an expert confirmed that the case four years after American Thomas Beatie became the world's first-ever pregnant man was "unique" here.

Joanna Darrell, speaking on behalf of transgender support group The Beaumont Society, said: "As far as we know there is only him."

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Baby bump ... American pioneer Thomas Beatie hugs first child Susan - while pregnant with No2

Guidance

She told how the man gave birth to a boy last year after seeking guidance from the society about getting pregnant. The organisation referred him to charity the Gender Identity Research and Education Society.

Despite going under the knife to become a man he had asked surgeons not to remove his womb as is usually the case in such ops. It meant his woman's reproductive system could be reactivated using treatment with female hormones.

Joanna said: "He got back in touch about six months ago to thank the society for its help. He said he had had the baby."

The boy is believed to have been delivered in a Caesarean op although medics said that a natural birth could still have been possible. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority yesterday refused to disclose if it knew about the birth.

Eggs

But a spokesman conceded it may have given advice on the procedure.
Beatie, 38, from Arizona, made headlines around the world in 2008.
He gave birth to a healthy daughter then went on to have two more kids, both boys.

Gedis Grudsinskas, editor of Reproductive Biomedicine Online, said: "There is no medical reason why you could not use oestrogen to make the womb receptive.

"You would obtain donor eggs to be fertilised by donor -----." In 2010 Beatie's fellow American Scott Moore, from California, also gave birth.

He too had undergone transgender surgery.

And just six weeks ago a pregnant Israeli 24-year-old Yuval Topper was reported to have had a healthy baby boy.



Source: thesun.co.uk