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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Workfit Consultants, L.L.C.; 4th edition (June 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966879228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966879223
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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......perfect balance of no-nonsense practical advice, humor and clarification of the many mysteries experienced during those precious nine months. -- Neal P., father-in-waiting

...A must for my sons'in-laws during my daughter's pregnancies... -- Lynne G.

..comprehensive guide to pregnancy, informative, well-written and witty...a great source of general pregnancy information. -- Dr, Karen Russo-Stieglitz, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists

About the Author

Craig Bissinger is a highly respected, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. During his twenty-year career, Dr. Bissinger has delivered over 5000 babies and guided thousands of couples through the nine-month adventure of pregnancy. He has a busy obstetrics and gynecology practice.

Dr. Bissinger is a teacher and lecturer, having taught medical students and residents from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harlem Hospital, Roosevelt Hospital and the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, on an ongoing basis as part of his lifelong commitment to training the next generation of doctors.

Dr. Bissinger is a medical expert and frequent contributor to the Fisher-Price website, as well as the past editor and author of numerous articles for Healthology.com’s pregnancy section. He has been a contributor to ABC.com. While waiting for babies to be delivered, Dr. Bissinger has written two, as of yet, unpublished medical thrillers, Ill-Conceived and Deadly Medicine.

Dr. Bissinger is married to his lovely wife, Margie, and is the proud father of three children.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By We B Good on October 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book provides simple, concise information about pregnancy, which every father-to-be should be aware of. There were even a few issues that my wife had not heard about before, but found them to be accurate when she questioned the doctor. However, for most of you very involved fathers-to-be, much of the information will come as no surprise, as you will, most likely, have already heard it from your wife's doctor. Nevertheless, the book is so informative that my wife decided to read it, also. My one disappointment was that the title of the book implies a toung-in-cheek approach, but, for the most part, the book is very dry. Easy reading. Most people should be able to read it in a few days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric W. Brown on December 26, 2006
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If you're a new dad and worried about knowing all the stuff that's coming up pre baby... get this book... set it next to the bed, or the crapper and

read it bit by bit. It's infinitley less detailed than all the "mom to be" oriented books.. but it's just perfect for us dads who need to get the lay of the land first.

I also recommend the "laugh and learn" videos for both of you... a tad dated in clothing, but the information is good.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gayle on February 17, 2005
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This is an excellent book for your husband to read!! It is an easy reader for the men who have a busy life and would still like to know what is happening to your body and each step of the pregnancy. Each trimester is easily explained with definitions of the tests ad challenges you may face in the pregnancy. After coming home for a doctor's appointment that your husband may not be able to attend and you explain the different tests and reasons for them, Dr. B easily explains them in a language that is understandable to the husband. Excellent Book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Snow on January 26, 2009
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This book is a concise simple read for the new father to be. it has all the information a dad needs without being overwhelmed with medical jargon and terminology.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anthony A. Larsen on August 13, 2005
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I found this book to be informative but I also found that the author tended to state his opinions as facts and at times he was a little insulting to men. If you just want a quick read to help understand what is going on with your wife and baby, it's a pretty good book. But, if you are looking for more, look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. harvey on July 31, 2011
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I used this more than my husband when I was preg. helped me know what was going on anaz what to expect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Another Stay At Home Mom on March 29, 2011
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This was a gift from my parents to my husband. While my husband is very supportive, he isn't much into reading a lot of different books. So, this gave the overview of things he needed to know about pregnancy itself while he was able to concentrate his efforts on more practical books for him (like The Birth Partner).

If you are someone who is planning a natural, unmedicated birth, this book could be somewhat of a turn-off at times because it is a little heavy into the medicalized birth. However, because the book focuses primarily on pregnancy itself, rather than childbirth, the portion of it dedicated to a medicalized approach is relatively brief.

All in all, we found the book to be useful. It is definitely not a go-to guide, and it could have been organized a bit better, but other than that it was worth a read for my husband.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By danb on July 31, 2010
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My wife bought me this book. It really should be titled "Pregnancy for Dummies."
For an author with 20+ years of OBGYN experience, there is little narrative, few examples, and minimal commentary and recommendations by the author.
Ninty-nine percent (99%) of the book simply just lists hundreds of "Terms To Know." Each of these "Terms To Know" is followed by a basic 3-4 sentence definition. The last sentence usually gives some basic advice or a personal anecdote. However, the advice the author provides is almost always only 1 sentence long.

Recommendation:
1. This book does not provide new information that is not already found in every other pregnancy book.
2. The information provided is basic and although the author has 20+ years of OBGYN experience, provides absolutely minimal advice. It is simply a list of terms.
3. If your husband is reading any other pregnancy book or guide, you can skip this book; it is just too basic.
4. After reading the first few pages of this book, I felt insulted that I received this book from my wife. (I had been reading the "What to Expect When You Are Expecting," as well as other literature provided and recommended by our own doctor.
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