Freddy McConnell, a trans man and journalist, documented his journey carrying and delivering his own baby in the film "Seahorse."
“When you can see something on a screen that you didn’t know existed, you didn’t know it was possible, it’s life changing,” he stated. “You know, it’s a cliché but you cannot be what you cannot see, I 100% believe in that.”
McConnell says that he wanted the film to feel like viewers spent a few hours immerse in his life, because empathy is the key to unlocking and understanding foreign situations and shifting the focus away from the sensational. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2019.
“I wanted to be able to tell my story, share my story on my own terms,” he explained. “I was really keen to make sure that other people like me and my community all around the world, knew that they had this option, as well, for starting a family, if they wanted to pursue it and look into it ‘cause I think a lot of people in my situation aren’t told that.”
In the UK, half of all babies are delivered by a midwife, which McConnell says he was grateful for, because he was able to develop a relationship with a thoughtful confidant through pregnancy. He says he also had support from family and friends.
“I have great family and friends as well, in general,” he said. “I don’t know where I’d be without them.”