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Doesn't get any better than this
on December 23, 2003
Someone gave me this book during my wife's first month of pregnancy. At first I was reluctant to read it but I finally did and I'm very glad. First, the author covers an huge amount of territory very thoroughly and sensitively. What most most surprising, though, was that I saw myself in almost every chapter. It was incredibly reassuring to find out that I wasn't the only one who was having the kinds of worries and concerns and questions I did. And it was even more reassuring to learn ways to stay as involved in the pregnancy as possible.
Unfortunately there aren't a lot of places where expectant dads can get the support and reassurance that this book provides. And the author does it all with a great sense of humor but without dumbing down the information, as most of the other books supposedly geared to dads do. Throughout I felt respected and understood.
Interestingly, I saw my wife reading The Expectant Father on a number of occasions and she told me that she actually liked it much better than many of the books that are written for women. This book isn't political, and the author doesn't try to jam any particular kind of philosophy down the reader's throat.
As odd as it sounds, I know that I'm going to be a much better father thanks to reading this book. It gave me the tools and confidence I needed. I've already bought the follow-up book, The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year, which I also highly recommend.