“The Expectant Father”- Review

Title: The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be, Second Edition

Authors: Armin A Brott and Jennifer Ash

Length: 198 pages 

Price: $9.56 @ Amazon.com

Overview:  “The Expectant Father” was the first book I purchased when I found out I was going to be a new dad.  The authors do a really great job of covering basic pregancy information from the man’s point of view.   The book is broken down by months; each month’s chapter will have a short section on the things you, your baby and your partner may all be going through.  In addition to that there will be a subject high lighted in that chapter.  Topics that are covered are: paying for the birth, child and college, communication, telling the world, work and family changes, the birth and many others.

What I Liked: “The Expectant Father” gives you a good base of information if you don’t really know what to expect from pregnant ladies or the process of child birth.  It is written in a very conversational matter, so it’s more like one of your buddies talking to you than a biology text book.

What I didn’t Like: The book is organized by months while everything in pregnancy is by weeks.  Yeah the math isn’t hard, but sometimes big things can happen from week to week.  Also you get a lot of information thrown at you that may not apply right away.  For example; the authors delve deep into college funds in the second month’s chapter.  This wave of information sometimes was too much and I literally had to limit myself to 2 chapters at a time, or I would start to feel the beginnings of panic attacks.  Sadly, I am not joking.

My Opinion: “The Expectant Father” is a great book if you just found out you are going to be a new dad.  It gives you a good base to start off with, but will not be the only baby book you need.  The authors are not doctors so the tone of the book is usually light and entertaining, but they incorporate plenty of professionals into their writing that you get good solid stuff to go off of.  All in all this book is worth the money and does a fantastic job of introducing you to the wide world of pregnancy.

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