A married woman who struggled with fertility issues sought out alternative means to conceive, through her transgender husband.
Amy Rehs-Dupin underwent five heartbreaking rounds of intrauterine insemination, none of which were successful; so she and her husband opted for an alternative method.
According to The New York Post, Amy's husband Chris - who was born a woman - decided that he would use his womb to carry the couple's baby.
“We were fortunate enough to have two uteruses. So, after a lot of thought and emotion and difficulties we switched to Chris,” Amy said to The Daily Mail.
Chris, who is 33-years-old, identifies as a man but had all of his female reproductive organs when he and Amy started trying for their first child. Chris suffered one miscarriage and five failed attempts at intrauterine insemination, but eventually fell pregnant with a baby girl.
“Being pregnant is such a female thing, and that’s when I started to question that it was not what I was. I don’t think I had a problem emotionally having a child, I wasn’t losing a part of my identity. I think the world had a bigger problem with it than I did,” Chris said.
Naturally, the couple were overjoyed when they discovered that Chris was pregnant, but Amy admitted that she struggled with her own emotions as she couldn't initially get pregnant.
“When Chris was pregnant, it was really difficult because I always thought I would be the one to carry our children. It was definitely a strain and it was difficult,” she said.
Chris gave birth to baby Hayden in December 2014, and the family were absolutely delighted. Initially, Amy was taking hormone supplements that would allow her to breastfeed Hayden, but the treatment did not work, so it was Chris who nursed the precious baby girl.
The Rehs-Dupins tried again for a second child, and it was Amy who wound up getting pregnant with a little boy.
“When I was the pregnant one, because I had a husband who had been there before, it was different. He understood what I was going through, what I was feeling. It was a benefit that not a lot of women have," she said.
Baby Milo was born in October 2016, and this wonderfully brave family were instantly complete.