Watch Man Who Gave Birth to a Baby Boy [VIDEO]
Wyley Simpson, 28, a Transgender man is now opening up about being pregnant and giving birth to his son Rowan. In an interview with People Magazine, Simpson, of San Antonio, Texas, said he had already started his transition from female to male when he received shocking news last February: he was pregnant, “nervous” and “scared” over the news. He and his fiancé, Stephan Gaeth, also 28, were not prepared to become parents. The couple considered placing the child for adoption, but ultimately chose to grow their family.
He now says he wouldn’t be doing it again after being abused and judged by strangers on a daily basis.
This man gave birth to a baby boy! 😱Credit: Caters News
Posted by VT on Sunday, July 21, 2019
The 28-year-old gave birth to their 7lb 5oz son, Rowan, via emergency C-section, in September 2018. While Wyley admits that all the disparaging comments were worth it, he has decided not to go through with it again.
The couple has spoken about what pregnant life and parenthood is like with a transgender parent, as they recently celebrated their son’s six-month mark.
“It’s not every day that someone sees a pregnant man walking down the road, so we received a fair amount of abuse,” Wyley said, speaking of his ordeal. “I would be told that I’ll never be a man, ‘men don’t carry babies’ and everyone called me ‘it’.”
“It was a great feeling to be able to carry Rowan, feeling him kick and going to baby scans, but for me as a person, it isn’t something I can continue to do,” Simpson said. “I don’t see myself as any less of a man because of what happened, but I just do not identify in such a feminine way as to be pregnant – so it won’t be happening again.”
Wyley intends to make the full transition in the near future after already having undergone surgery to remove his female breasts, which meant he could not breastfeed his child. He is yet to undergo bottom surgery, which is a procedure to graft a penis.
“Myself and Stephan suddenly turned into a gay couple with a baby, as opposed to me being a pregnant man. And Rowan is amazing, he made all of the mental and physical pain completely worth it. Now myself and Stephan are just reveling in fatherhood and can’t wait to continue our journey as a family.”
He added: “I am glad that I got to go through something as amazing and natural as birthing my own child, it’s definitely made mine and Rowan’s bond so much closer.”
Facebook groups were crucial to the couple, however, because going online was the only way to connect with a small group of other trans men in the same situation. In addition to support for trans fathers, the couple has been collecting resources on homeschooling, vegan children and raising a child on the road. Stephen says, “Thank goodness for the Internet! A thousand first-hand experiences for us to learn from.”
Although the pregnancy has been one huge learning curve, Wyley and Stephan have taken everything in stride. They remain overwhelmingly positive and confident. Wyley says he no longer views pregnancy as an explicitly feminine experience. “Not once going through these whole eight months have I seen myself as less of a man,” he says. “It’s been tough. I have my good and my bad days. Sometimes you have to give up something you love for something great.”
Both men are eager to serve as advocates for pregnant trans men, sharing their story on social media as it unfolds.