Labor of Love: The Story of One Man's Extraordinary Pregnancy

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Basic Books, Nov 4, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
Thomas Beatie electrified the world in April 2008 with his announcement that he was seven months pregnant and due to give birth in July. The news made headlines across the globe, but it’s only one chapter in a fascinating saga. Labor of Love reveals Beatie’s unique life experiences: his less-than-idyllic childhood in Hawaii, his feelings of being a young man trapped in the body of a woman, his fight to conceive a child, and the obstacles surrounding the delivery. This astonishing narrative permits an intimate look at a family that refuses to let other people’s definitions of family deter them from creating one on their own terms. Labor of Love is much more than the story of a unique pregnancy and birth — it’s a beautiful and controversial love story about going against the tide, a powerful statement about the evolution of family and identity in the new millennium.
 

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Although not as well written as I had hoped, I still am glad I read Beatie's story. What a life. It is too bad that since having three children with his wife, Nancy, they are now separated, apparently ... Read full review

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I really enjoyed this fast paced, well written book, which explains why Thomas Beatie and his wife, Nancy, decided to bring a child into this world, using Thomas' reproductive organs, after he had ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
13
Chapter 3
31
Chapter 4
53
Chapter 5
75
Chapter 6
93
Chapter 7
115
Chapter 8
133
Chapter 13
219
Chapter 14
231
Chapter 15
247
Chapter 16
263
Chapter 17
277
Chapter 18
291
Chapter 19
303
Chapter 20
313

Chapter 9
151
Chapter 10
171
Chapter 11
195
Chapter 12
207
Chapter 21
323
acknowledgments
327
about the author
330
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About the author (2008)

Thomas Beatie was born and raised in Hawaii—as a girl, Tracy. Thomas made the transition to a male in the late 1990s. In July 2008, he gave birth to his daughter, Susan.

Currently, Thomas is happily married to his wife, Nancy, and is a custom screenprinter and owner of Define Normal Clothing Company. Thomas, Nancy, and Susan live together in Bend, Oregon.

Labor of Love is Thomas’ first book and the product of a lifelong passion since the age of seventeen.

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