A transgender man, 39, has given birth to a baby after being impregnated by a transgender doctor using the sperm of a transgender woman.
Reuben Sharpe, 39, transitioned to a man 12 years ago, but six years later he stopped taking testosterone injections so as to increase the chances of getting pregnant.
Mr Sharpe and his non-binary partner Jay, who does not identify as either a man or a woman, welcomed the birth of baby Jamie three months ago.
Reuben Sharpe, pictured right with his partner Jay, left, spent £6,000 to become pregnant despite transitioning to a man 12 years ago. The 39-year-old wedding photographer from Brighton stopped taking testosterone injections six years ago to increase the chances of falling pregnant
Mr Sharpe, pictured with Jay, who is non-binary, welcomed the birth of their child Jamie three months ago after Mr Sharpe fell pregnant on the second round of fertility treatment
Mr Sharpe told the Sunday Mirror: ‘It’s taken six years to get this far, but now we have a baby in our arms and that was the end goal. I finally feel complete.
‘It wasn’t that I was desperate to have the birthing experience or pregnancy experience, but I wanted a child and I had the facility to do it.
‘Both of our families love kids. I was so glad my family were as excited about our baby as they were their other grandkids.’
Jay, who is non-binary, and does not define as either male or female, had two breasts surgically removed.
Ahead of the process, Mr Sharpe was told he would still be able to get pregnant as his womb and ovaries were still operational.
Mr Sharpe from Brighton met his 28-year-old partner Jay in a pub.
When he considered getting pregnant he approached his partner and asked how Jay would feel about rearing a child.
He said if Jay wasn’t interested in becoming a parent the couple would be forced to split up.
A doctor inserted sperm directly into Mr Sharpe’s womb allowing him to become pregnant.
He said he received the vital donation from a trans woman who was able to supply the sperm after approaching them over Facebook.
The private treatment cost £6,000 for three rounds. The first attempt failed. Luckily, the second round was successful.
However, Mr Sharpe said some people asked very inappropriate questions about how he was going to give birth.
He said he was treated by a specialist team of midwives at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Mr Sharpe said he had Jay have faced some bigotry since taking the decision to become pregnant, although most people have been supportive.