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The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be, Second Edition Paperback – April 3, 2001
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In an expanded and updated version of Brott's 1995 book, the authors once again present a month-by-month guide to pregnancy for the father-to-be. Illustrated throughout with humorous cartoons, the book divides each month of pregnancy into four astute categories: "What She's Going Through" (physical and emotion changes), "What's Going On with the Baby" (physical progress), "What You're Going Through" (physical and emotional changes) and "Staying Involved" (tips on supporting and encouraging the pregnant partner). Since most child-rearing books for men focus primarily on the emotional challenges, it's both refreshing and helpful that these authors include practical advice: recipes, detailed insights into the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and realistic appraisals of the often very high costs of baby furnishings. Most valuable are the sections on the aspects of birth that make many men squeamish (episiotomies, epidurals and cesarean sections) as well as the post-delivery traumas that they tend to avoid facing (finding childcare, dealing with late-night wake-ups, dressing young children and sex after pregnancy). This is an essential book for all expectant fathers. (June)Forecast: Brott, a father of two, who has been called "the superdad's superdad" by Time magazine, has written five books on fatherhood and hosts Positive Parenting, a national radio talk show. Considering the increasing number of fathers who want to be actively involved in parenting, this book, with its Father's Day release, should do at least as well as the original, which was a bestseller.
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About the Author
Armin Brott, author of The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year, The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the Toddler Years, and The Single Father: A Dad's Guide to Parenting Without a Partner, and a contributing writer to BabyTalk magazine, has written on fatherhood for the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, the Washington Post, American Baby magazine, and many other periodicals. His weekly radio show on parenting is carried by one of the largest radio stations in the San Francisco Bay area. He and his family live in Berkeley, California. Jennifer Ash is the author of Tropical Style: Private Palm Beach and writes for Town and Country. She, her husband, and their son and daughter make their home in New York City.
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My husband gave up a little over halfway through just because he didn't feel like it matched his experience at all and really annoyed him. I read a little more of it just for a perspective not written to the mother, and was similarly unimpressed.
This book isn't meant to be read in one sitting. I would pick it up throughout the pregnancy and read one chapter at a time since they were broken out into the months. This kept me interested and very involved and sometimes I even went back and read some older chapters.
The book isn't perfect and I can guarantee a lot of it won't be relevant to everyone, but that's the beauty, you'll find something in here to agree with and even if you don't fully support the author's decisions with childbirth or stances on parenting, he doesn't lay it on thick. He offers advice and moves on.
This is one of the better dad focused books on the market and I recommend it to dad's to be. My wife and I just welcomed out first son into the world on November 1st 2013 and this book was there to help me with my feelings and thoughts along the way.
First, the author relies heavily on his own experience. Obviously, the viewpoint of a book like this will be more subjective than scientific. There is no compelling reason for me to believe all of the information contained in this book since many are merely opinions. Additionally, the author is only the father of two daughters (no sons). As the expectant parent of a son, a little more experience from parents of boys would have been helpful. Also, if the author had been the parent of more children over time, perhaps his experience would have been enriched by dealing with more than two pregnancies, more than two births, etc.
Second, this book is a little bit on the old side. If this were 2005, this book would be very current, as it was published in 2001. But in 2013, some of the information was outdated. Some of the things that were relatively new ideas when the book was originally published are now mainstream and need less explanation. And having more current resources (e.g. online resources) included in the book would have potentially been helpful. Some online resources were listed, but a more extensive list including the new websites that are now available would've been helpful.
Over all, I liked this book, but I would not consider it the only book you need. I anticipate buying more books on this and related subjects in the future, and I do not intend to keep this book on-hand as a reference now that I have finished reading it.
I would suggest this book to someone who has absolutely no experience with pregnancies including what they have heard from friends and family. I think friends, family and your doctor are the best resource you can have, and take it one week at a time for the biggest change in your life.