Guardian journalist Freddy McConnell, 32, started taking testosterone at 25 and had “top surgery” to remove breast tissue a year later. He considered a hysterectomy, but never went through with it – partly because he had not ruled out having children. In 2016, he began the process of conceiving and delivering his own child and decided to document the process. The result is Seahorse, which is out in cinemas this week.

Anushka Asthana talks to Freddy about his experience of pregnancy and birth and asks him why he decided to allow cameras to document this part of his life.

And: The Observer’s Andrew Rawnsley on the lessons we need to learn from the second world war.





Freddy McConnell with his son





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