First Man To Give Birth In The UK Warns Others Against Doing The Same

Hayden Cross, the first man to give birth, has warned others against doing it as he found it really hard and challenging.

The 22-year-old appeared on Lorraine to talk about having his baby girl Trinity-Leigh in June 2017 as a transgender man.

He decided to pause his transition to have a baby as the NHS wouldn't freeze his eggs in case he wanted to use them later in his life.

Originally born Paige, Hayden told host Lorraine Kelly that although he is happy to be a dad to Trinity-Leigh he would warn others against it.

Hayden has warned others against having a baby as a transgender man. (Credit: ITV)
Hayden has warned others against having a baby as a transgender man. (Credit: ITV)

He said: "I don't think I was ready at the time, 100 per cent but now everything's just gone to plan, fell into place and getting on great.

"I'm not going to lie it was really strange and there was a lot of emotions and a lot of feelings and I wouldn't advise anyone to do it because it was really hard, but if you do make sure you seek the right support.

"The NHS now actually support people with it."

Trinity-Leigh is now a happy toddler. (Credit: ITV/Lorraine)
Trinity-Leigh is now a happy toddler. (Credit: ITV/Lorraine)

Trinity-Leigh was delivered via C-section which Hayden says he was relieved about as he found the idea of giving birth difficult.

He added: "I'm happy and my daughter is happy and that's all that matters. We're really close to my mum as my mum had a little boy around the same time.

"Our relationship is so much stronger now, I think it brought us together so it's really positive."

Hayden said the pregnancy was difficult. (Credit: ITV)
Hayden said the pregnancy was difficult. (Credit: ITV)

Speaking about the pregnancy, he added: "It was a really big battle but it was a battle worth it.

"I've had my top surgery done already and can have my bottom surgery when I'm ready.

"I want to go back to work eventually I want to try and set up my own business so in the future I can pass it down to Trinity.

"I need to make sure I'm living the right life and the good life for her."

Hayden appeared on Lorraine. (Credit: ITV)
Hayden appeared on Lorraine. (Credit: ITV)

Hayden was born as Paige 21 years ago but has lived the past three years as a man and is legally changing his name and gender.

Hayden is now legally male and began hormone treatment before deciding to but put his transition on hold so he could have a baby.

He had been taking male hormones ahead of an operation to remove his breasts and ovaries and after finding a sperm donor on Facebook, he fell pregnant.

Eleven months after giving birth, he underwent surgery to remove his breasts and has said he will have further surgery when he is ready.

Featured Image Credit: ITV/Lorraine

Bethany Gleave

Bethany Gleave is a Freelance Journalist at PRETTY52 and joined the team in 2018. She is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, and started her career at a national press agency, writing breaking and trending news for the national newspapers.

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