“The pure joy of a man giving birth to his first child who closely observed the entire experience.”
A transgender man who became a father for the third time decided to share some photos of his birth to show that they too can live this experience and break down barriers for the LGBTT+ community.
Yuval Topper-Erez confessed that the images are just over a year old. However, he had not dared to make them public because at first, he thought it was something very personal, but later he realized the importance of talking about it.
The father wrote on his Instagram account that he has always loved birthing photoshoots, so he decided to make one for himself.
“At first, I thought that they were only going to serve as a loving memory for me and perhaps for my son, but when I saw the result, I felt that I needed to share them because they represent very well two causes that I carry in my heart: the normalization of home births and the normalization of trans or non-binary people giving birth,” he said.
Yuval also confessed that this was his fourth pregnancy, but the previous pregnancy, unfortunately, ended in a miscarriage that left him with many mixed feelings. “It was a difficult wait, physically and emotionally,” he noted.
This was also one of the reasons why he first preferred to share his photos and his joy with his closest circle. “I hope that, among other things, this album will inspire those who help give birth and future ‘hippocampus’ parents (that is, gestational trans parents),” he added.
Similarly, he stressed that he is not the first to live this experience, but unfortunately, there are not enough men who have decided to share their experiences, due to taboos and discrimination.
“I know how important it would have been for me to see photographs like these before my first pregnancy, and I know the great impact it continues to have to see portraits of other trans or non-binary colleagues receiving their childbearing these days,” he said.
Topper Erez told Popsugar.com that another thing that made him publish his images, despite the fact that it is a past event, is that things for the LGBTT+ community are still very difficult in some countries.