Yes, yes, yes! The Expectant Father is a meaningful book for expectant dads. It provides instruction on real-life support skills, from fabulous smoothie recipes to how to make an older sibling feel loved. It shares information about the experience and importance of fatherhood. It gives practical strategies for facilitating a positive relationship with your partner.
The Expectant Father does not attempt to be “funny,” a well-meant but often unsuccessful pitfall of many fathering books. And it does not follow the trend of brevity in father books, assuming no man will ever spend significant time reading about pregnancy. This does mean that it can be long and dry at times, but never because it’s redundant or over done.
The Expectant Father shares information to support decision making so you don’t need to turn to the women’s books to become informed. It is well organized, and has a robust index. It is possible to skim-read-skim, picking out the sections most useful to you, or can be easily used as a reference guide.
I don’t agree with every word (they cover the worst-case scenario of doulas and birth plans for example), but I whole-heartedly recommend The Expectant Father as a whole. It accurately covers a wide breadth including: pregnancy health, fetal development, financial planning, labor and birth, postpartum recovery, baby skills, and fathering current events. You will come away better prepared to be an excellent and involved father and partner, while also gaining insight and support for your own personal evolution into fatherhood.
The Expectant Father’s Author, Armin A Brott & Jennifer Ash
Armin A Brott served in the United States Marine Corps from 1976–78. He received an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University in 1980, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management in 1982. He has 3 children.
Jennifer Ash writes regularly for Veranda magazine ad Town and Country magazine and is the author of the book Tropical Style: Private Palm Beach.