Britain’s first pregnant man has given birth to a girl. Hayden Cross was born a girl and was legally male when he paused transgender hormone treatment to conceive using a sperm donor he had met on Facebook.
The former Asda worker, 21, made headlines around the world and provoked an ethical debate when he announced his pregnancy in January – thought to have been the first case of its kind in the UK.
Last night his family confirmed he had given birth to a girl, Trinity-Leigh Louise Cross, on June 16, and said both were healthy and doing well. It means Mr Cross has become the first known transgender man to give birth in Britain.
Trinity-Leigh was born at the Women’s Centre, the maternity wing of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The birth was registered at Gloucester Register Office on Wednesday. The birth certificate has Hayden Cross listed as the mother but there is no father registered on the document.
Mr Cross, who changed his name from Paige to Hayden by deed poll, said in January that the baby was conceived in September. The sperm donor’s identity has never been revealed, with the sperm handed over in a pot on the doorstep of Mr Cross’s flat in Gloucester.
Last night Mr Cross’s grandmother confirmed he had given birth 48 hours after his mother Christine Edgeworth had her fifth child. Pam Edgeworth said: ‘I’m delighted. I became a grandmother again and a great-grandmother within 48 hours. Both mothers and babies are well.’
In January, Mr Cross told how he was living as a man but was desperate to have a baby which he wouldn’t be able to do once his sex change was complete.
He had started hormone treatment to complete his transition three years ago, but stopped it in September last year so that he could become pregnant.
Originally he wanted to freeze his eggs on the NHS so that he could have a baby in the future, but medical chiefs refused to authorise the £4,000 procedure. Unable to afford to do it privately, he decided to have a child straight away by finding a sperm donor.
It is understood that Mr Cross now plans to resume the transition. The next stage will include having his ovaries removed.
Mr Cross’s decision has bitterly divided his family. His uncle Sean Hodson, from Gloucester, previously said: ‘I fear this child is going to grow up confused. It is confusing for me. Hayden had a difficult upbringing and perhaps if her childhood had been more stable she wouldn’t be in this situation now. I cannot get it into my head that she is changing from a girl to a boy.’
Grandmother Mrs Edgeworth said: ‘She’s asked me to call her Hayden and I say, “I can’t, love”. In my eyes she will always be Paige. She wasn’t born a boy.’