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, drawing her single largest TV audience of the year. While the news reached headlines across the globe, it is only one chapter in a fascinating saga. Labor of Love chronicles Thomas Beaties 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 Nancys 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 birthits 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.