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

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Da Capo Press, Nov 4, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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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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User Review  - lildrafire - LibraryThing

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

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User Review  - disgusted - Borders

I think that its horrible they are making such a big deal out of a transvestite who had a baby. Its really a woman who had a sex change. Honestly, its disgusting Read full review

Contents

Define Normal
1
Paradise
13
My Fathers Way
31
The Note
53
chaPTer5 Little Brown Boy
75
Crossroads
93
Passion
115
Love Story
133
The Last Portal
207
Life and Death
219
Secret Joy
231
Manternity
247
Overnight Sensation
263
What People Say
277
A Dream Come True
291
FortheRecord
303

Becoming Thomas
151
TheDecision
171
Complications
195
A New Beginning
313
Letters to Susan
323
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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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