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And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives Hardcover – Jan 9 2007

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (Jan. 9 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400097371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400097371
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 14.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #381,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By New mom on Sept. 22 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what I needed for a bit of guidance. As a new mom, it was the kick start to balancing my marriage And motherhood.
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By DidaSimone on Dec 14 2012
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I also recommend the 45 minute lecture that you can get in iTunes for 3.95 called "Making Marriage Work". Good luck! Enjoy!
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
This will SAVE your marriage! A Must READ!!!! May 25 2007
By E. Petrucelli - Published on
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I am a certified labor doula and I bought this book so I could help my doula clients. I didn't realize how helpful it would be to me as well. I wanted to be able to provide my clients with some good information about how things might be after their baby is born. IT's not an easy transition in many ways. Although delightful, the roller coaster of emotions both parents go through can be rough and lead to divorce. I can't tell you how many times I have gone to a postpartum visit only to see my clients sitting separately. The dad not responding to mom's requests and mom not talking to dad but talking AT him. I know them because we met prenatally and seeing the transition is astounding. The once happy couple, who would do anything for each other while pregnant, is now sad. Dad is no longer focused on mom and wanting to make her happy. Mom isn't really doing much to make dad happy. They are two people living in the same home but they are slowly losing each other. Sleep deprivation and an overwhelming sense of responsibility on both parents is splitting them apart. What's worse is, we don't think about how this will affect the baby.

When couples think about how life will change when baby comes, they often think about how it will affect them. They don't think about how these changes will affect their baby; especially in the long run. This book describes those changes and offers suggestions and support on how to get through them. Dad's typically withdraw and I thought it was very normal. It is, however, if dad withdraws from baby and for significant periods, this will have a profound effect on the baby at the present time and in the long run. We must also think about the baby not just us.

I heard an MD speak about Bringing Baby Home last year. My son was almost 3 at the time. I was shocked when I learned about this transition and the stages that we go through. The biggest reason...we went through each transition! It was like I was reliving what happened. Learning that what we experienced was normal, that everyone goes through it but not everyone survives it. I was able to rejoice in the fact that we were in the last stage and we were going to survive.

It is a rough road this "Transition to Parenthood." Don't let people think you need to be happy when all you are feeling is frustration and resentment. BUY THIS BOOK! Read it in pregnancy and read it again after the baby is born. Go to the classes if you have a local educator. IF you want to survive your marriage or relationship after Bringing Baby Home, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!
42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Revisited June 10 2009
By Sara F. - Published on
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I LOVED the book Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Unfortunately, this book is simply a remake of that one. Many of the stories are identical, and not much of the information is new. There are a couple chapters related specifically to having a baby, but you could read them quickly at the library without purchasing the book. If you haven't read the other book, this book would be great -- just don't buy both!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Even better than the workshop! Nov. 12 2008
By B. Armstrong-Hoss - Published on
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My husband and I attended the Bringing Baby Home workshop, developed from this book, and I enjoy the text perhaps even more. Gottman's discussion about the origin of the concept of "spoiling" was fascinating and revealing about our culture and the historical influence behind some prevalent parenting theories. Gottman provides couples the tools, information, and the inpiration to stay bonded to each other and to become bonded to their babies. I found this book valuable and a wife, a pediatric nurse, and a new mother.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Straightforward, realistic, and useful advice - a good read! March 8 2007
By SeattleMomma - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book will definitely help couples keep their marriages on track post-baby if both spouses read it, and I'd recommend reading it BEFORE baby arrives and talking about it together. That way, when you're sleep deprived and your life is upside down due to having a new baby in your life and family, you might remember some of the good advice about how to communicate with each other and take care of each other. I really liked the many examples from couples studied, and the research-based nature of the recommendations. You probably won't be surprised at the "no-duh" nature of much of this book, since caring for your spouse and marriage really boils down to communicating well with each other, thinking about the other person, and treating them with respect and love. Kindness begets kindness! Nonetheless, it's helpful to read the data supporting the recommendations and to have these messages reinforced for you and your spouse. Good luck!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good easy to read book Feb. 20 2014
By Brian & Kim French - Published on
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Great for learning about positive communication techniques. Things you may not think of before the baby comes. Dynamics that will change for the good, bad or indifferent, but need addressing. You may find parts dry, as I did, but concepts are there that will make a relationship stronger for having thought and discussed them. I have been a counselor for years and it's funny how easy it is to forget the simplicity in being on the same page as your spouse. Good buy for an a read that will benefit you for many years. Good gift too.

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