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

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

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by Thomas Beatie
     
 

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Thomas Beatie electrified the world in April 2008 with his announcement that he was seven months pregnant. He recounted his amazing story on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was later featured in a Barbara Walters Exclusive, where he announced that he and his wife, Nancy, were expecting their second child. While Thomas’s story made global headlines, there&…  See more details below

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Thomas Beatie electrified the world in April 2008 with his announcement that he was seven months pregnant. He recounted his amazing story on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was later featured in a Barbara Walters Exclusive, where he announced that he and his wife, Nancy, were expecting their second child. While Thomas’s story made global headlines, there’s much more to his story than his pregnancies.

Labor of Love chronicles Thomas Beatie’s unique life experiences: his less-than-idyllic childhood in Hawaii; his transition from female to male; his marriage to his wife, Nancy; his legal battles to live as a man; his fight to conceive a child; and the birth of their daughter, Susan, in late June. Labor of Love is a groundbreaking book because it tackles social, political, and legal questions about gender, marriage, and family. Thomas and Nancy’s uphill battle to have a baby is both fascinating and touching. They are a normal couple who wanted a family, and yet the circumstances surrounding their desire to get pregnant and their journey to get there are truly extraordinary.

Labor of Love is much more than the story of a unique pregnancy and birth—it’s a beautiful and controversial love story, a story of going against the tide, and a powerful and important statement about the evolution of family in the new millennium.

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Best known as the world's first pregnant man, transgendered father and husband Beatie recounts, in touching detail, his difficult path to the 2007-08 pregnancy that briefly captured the world's attention. Born a girl in Hawaii to a violent, unpredictable father and a caring mother (who committed suicide while Beatie was a teen), Beatie learned to understand the nature of his identity against a backdrop dominated by fear and instability. Beatie is a detailed and engaging writer, relating his upbringing, his romance (with wife Nancy) and the process of transitioning from female to male with humility, honesty and plenty of opinion, and little to court sensation or controversy. For better and worse, the memoir reads predictably until Beatie and Nancy, 200 pages in, begin their struggles to get pregnant with daughter Susan. Once Beatie finds his focus in the obstacles he and his wife faced and overcame, his account becomes a compelling, unique narrative. Beatie's straightforward, apolitical style and compelling, elemental story-one man's struggle, against all odds, to create a family-will make it easy for most readers to identify.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580053006
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/25/2009
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,267,272
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.84(h) x 1.07(d)

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Labor of Love: The Story of One Man's Extraordinary Pregnancy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was he a girl that had surgery to be a boy? Thats really creepy. Technically his wife is lesbian.
Honest_Cancer More than 1 year ago
Gender is a touchy subject, especially when you deal with those with unclear gender or SRS. The simple fact is that at this point in time no about of hormone replacement therapy or surgery can alter a persons genetic gender. Simply put; looking like, living as, and being referred too as a man does not make one a man, neither does having a penis. A Y chromosome makes an individual a man. As such this is, at it's core, a book about a woman, having a baby, not that special, and certainly not something that deserved the level of media attention this couple has received. Perhaps the only redeeming feature of the work is the way it exposes the bizarre and often illogical reactions people have to gender, the way it can cultivate rifts and prejudices in people on either side of the aisle. Even that though appears to have been an afterthought and the book can most easily be summed up by the following: "That guy says he's pregnant." There are hundreds of other more enlightening and scholarly works dealing with gender, gender identity, and the social and emotional roles of gender in human life available on this site alone. But if tabloids appeal to you, if your the sort of person who likes to point and laugh at the trans-gendered people you see in your daily life, then perhaps this is the book for you.
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