Taking to Facebook, Yuval documented the birth of their third child, Tig. Picture: YouTube screenshot
Taking to Facebook, Yuval documented the birth of their third child, Tig. Picture: YouTube screenshot

WATCH: Beautiful and evocative, transgender man documents birth of baby

By Lifestyle Reporter Time of article published May 20, 2020

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Yuval and Matan Topper-Erez's story received global media attention when Yuval became the first Israeli transgender man to get pregnant and give birth in December 2011.

But their story was far from happy. Only three years after becoming parents, the couple were recognised as two biological fathers of child for the first time by Israel's Interior Ministry.

Now seven years later, Yuval and Matan have another reason to celebrate. Taking to Facebook, Yuval documented the birth of their third child, Tig.

"It was my fourth pregnancy, and I was awaiting my third child. It was a tough pregnancy, physically and emotionally. I’ve always loved birth photography, and about half way through I decided to treat myself to a birth photographer," wrote Yuval.

And that's exactly what they did. Photographer Tara Leach was on hand to capture the magical moment little Tig was born. 

Yuval said that it took him and Matan nearly a year to share the images of the water birth with the world. "I hope, among other things, that this album will inspire birth workers and future seahorse dads (AKA gestational fathers)," he added.

The birth took place in the north of England on May 8, 2019, at 5:55am in the morning, after a very rapid and intense labour. 

"I birthed with the help of two amazing independent midwifes, one of whom saw me through all the ups and downs of a miscarriage, difficult pregnancy, birth and postpartum period", said Yuval.

The images capture a rare moment between the couple and those close to them.

Watch the video below:

Visit Yuval's Facebook page to see more.

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