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The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be, Second Edition
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Manufacturer: Abbeville Press
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 649.10242
EAN: 9780789205384
ISBN: 0789205386
Label: Abbeville Press
Manufacturer: Abbeville Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 271
Publication Date: 2001-05
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Studio: Abbeville Press

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Editorial Reviews:

This invaluable audiobook explores the emotional, financial, and even physical changes the father-to-be may experience during his partner's pregnancy. Brott's advice is easy-to-absorb and filled with practical tips for men on such topics as how to make sense of your conflicting emotions, how pregnancy affects your sex life, what childbirth classes don't teach you, and how to start a college fund. He also incorporates the wisdom of top experts in the field, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists.

Based on the latest edition of The Expectant Father, Brott covers new research on many topics from the reasons for premature births to nutritional supplements. There is advice on finances; guidance for adoptive, expectant fathers; and information for expectant fathers of multiples--twins, triplets.

Practically organized in month-by-month segments, this audiobook also includes a bonus 24-page booklet with easy-reference technical information, charts, and graphs. Although uniquely targeted towards fathers, The Expectant Father is sure to give moms fresh insights as well. Witty and wise, this audiobook is the essential reference for all expectant couples.


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Summary: Excellent choice for men and women
Comment: This book was one of the best books we got as expectant first time parents. A lot of the information in here you cannot find in the other books for just women. Half of the pregnancy is all about the father too (which women can sometimes forget in the mess of baby making) and this book can offer a lot of insight for women who are confused about their man's behavior. It offers insights to the way men and women differ in the whole pregnancy process. I highly recommend this book for women who are interested in having their partners involved in the process.

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Summary: dont get this book
Comment: this book is writen by a caveman for cavemen. If you found this book helpful you should not be having a baby, or you live in the 1940's.

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Summary: FIrst time dads
Comment: This book is specifically designed for the first time father's without a clue. It discusses everything from the basics of morning sickness to really acknowledging the needs and support a woman requires during pregnancy. It also assist with opening discussions for what's happening and what's to come. We enjoyed it.

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Summary: Ridiculously focused on the father.
Comment: This is my first and probably only Amazon review, but this book pushed me to it. As an upcoming first time dad, I was looking for books geared toward informing the father. Most books geared towards the soon-to-be dads tend to be humorous in nature, to varying degrees of success. This one was serious and quite informative. However, it suffers from a flawed sense of perspective that I found very distracting. It chronologically presents the journey of pregnancy and how it impacts the expectant father, but almost as if the male is agonizing more than the mom.

A perfect example comes from the chapter covering the 9th month of pregnancy: "Your partner's increased dependency is considered a "normal" part of pregnancy, But thanks to the ridiculous, gender-specific way we socialize people in this country, men are supposed to be independent, strong, supportive, and impervious to emotional needs - especially while their partners are pregnant. So just when you are feeling most vulnerable and least in control, your needs are swept under the rug, And what's worse, the one person you most depend on for sympathy and understanding may be too absorbed in what's going on with herself and the baby to do much for you".

This tone is pervasive throughout the book. If you relate to the above passage, you'll probably greatly enjoy this book. However, I was looking more for information about the experience of pregnancy and the father's role in it - not how to "cope" with the pressures and hassles. I think my wife had enough of those to deal with during these months, while I honestly didn't encounter any of the stresses the authors detail.

To summarize: Straightforward, and informative, but preoccupied with fatherly trials and travails that border on the unintentionally humorous.

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Summary: Great for 1st Time Dads
Comment: My husband has really enjoyed this book. He likes to know what's going on with baby and me. I enjoy him sharing little tidbits with me also. This book also covers topics that Dads-to-be may feel anxious about such as money matters and the labor process. The only thing he has mentioned is that he'll read the section for the month I'm in so quick, that he'll have nothing else to read for another month. Overall, great buy!


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