A while back the news of a pregnant man who eventually gave birth to his
child made headlines. The man has now revealed how he carried and gave
birth to his daughter and the reason he did that.
Chris Rehs-Dupin, 33, made for a unique sight when he sported beards and
a protruding belly that could not simply be explained off as a beer
He carried the pregnancy to term, gave birth and even
breastfed her and his reason for going through all that is because his
wife could not fall pregnant.
Chris had been born a female, Christina. He then met his wife Amy, 33,
when they were both in their 20s and working at a children’s summer camp
and they fell in love immediately. They got into a civil partnership in
October 2012 and legally married in 2013 then decided they wanted a
family. The plan was for Amy to be the biological mother but after five
attempts of intrauterine insemination failed, Chris, who was at the time
a pre-op transgender, volunteered to carry their child.
After five rounds of IUI treatment using sperm from an anonymous donor
and a miscarriage, he finally gave birth naturally on December 20, 2014,
to a girl named Hayden.
unfolded to bring him to the point of deciding to have a baby even after
identifying as male and how his gender was not an issue for his wife:
“When I went to university in 2007, I knew I wasn’t a woman and it was
an easy realisation to make. I didn’t want to take hormones, because I
was happy with who I was and who I was presenting myself as, but I have
always been very open with Amy.”
issue of his gender was at the forefront of his mind. And, eventually,
he became more masculine and lived as a man. Chris was my soul mate. I
loved everything about him. It didn’t matter what he looked like.”
who would carry the baby. I couldn’t wait to be pregnant.”
“We went through a lot of fertility treatments, until we finally reached
a point where we needed to make a decision as to whether we were going
to do more medical intervention or if we were going to switch bodies,”
Amy said. “We were fortunate enough to have two uteruses. So, after a
lot of thought and emotion and difficulties we switched to Chris.”
growing again after years of binding them flat and he did not like that
bit. Amy tried to breastfeed after the baby was born by taking drugs
that will stimulate her body into producing breast milk but the milk was
not sufficient so, eventually, Chris had to breastfeed.
complete his transition to become a man. He also wanted to fully
transition so as to be an example to his daughter by letting her know
she shouldn’t be afraid to be who she is.
“I knew it would make me a better and a happier person, a whole person,
to start a medical transition. When my daughter came I knew I didn’t
want her to be afraid of who she is and it’s important for me to model
that behaviour,” he said.
since there was no medical reason why Amy could not conceive, they
decided to try again. In January 2016 Chris started his medical
transition and Amy became pregnant in the same month, on her first
attempt. She finally gave birth to another child, Milo, via caesarean
“When I was the pregnant one, because I had a husband who had been there
before, it was different. He understood what I was going through, what I
was feeling. It was a benefit that not a lot of women have,” Amy said.
possibility of carrying it himself. Amy, on her part, is simply happy
with the family they have and is pleased that Chris is in a good place
and feels happy in his skin.
“We would love to have a third child. I hope to have breast
reconstruction surgery, but will not have a bottom surgery, or have my
ovaries removed, so I haven’t ruled out carrying it. We’ll have to fight
over it this time,” Chris said.
“We’ve been on an incredible journey as a family, but we have two
amazing kids and Chris is finally happy in his own body,” Amy added.