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Summary

The fourth edition of this best-selling, groundbreaking, information-packed guide for dads-to-be is now significantly updated, revised, and expanded.

We are expecting! The 20th anniversary edition of this thoroughly updated and revised parenting classic remains the most informative and reassuring book for expectant fathers everywhere. In addition to sharing the wisdom of the ages, Armin A. Brott, Mr. Dad, presents new insights into the emotional, financial, and physical - yes, physical - effects of impending parenthood on men. Thanks to this handy reference, moms-to-be will know their partners understand and support them during this anxious and exciting time, and that they have all the tools they need to be fantastic, hands-on dads.

This information-packed month-by-month guide incorporates the expertise of top practitioners in their fields, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists. It also draws from Brott's own experience as a father of three and from the real-world experiences of the thousands of dads he's interviewed. With the humor of New Yorker cartoons and Brott's gentle approach, The Expectant Father serves as a friendly and listenable companion for dads-to-be seeking confidence, guidance, and joy!

What's new in this edition of The Expectant Father?

  • The latest health and safety info
  • How technology is changing fatherhood
  • How men's brains change by being involved during pregnancy
  • Society's shifting expectations for dads
  • The amazing effects on children when fathers are active partners before birth
  • How prebirth participation makes dads more likely to be active parents postbirth
  • Updated resources and new research on the big questions that haven't changed much over the years: Am I really ready to be a dad? How are we going to afford this? How do I balance work and family?

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015, 2010, 2001, 1995 Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash (P)2016 Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash

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Some nice advice but a bit America centric

There were some useful facts and tips about the development of the baby and preparation. However, the focus on the medical costs and resources was designed for a US audience. I actually read this just to follow along with my husband and we were also amused at the excessive concern around dealing with crazy pregnant women and how not to offend them. These did not reflect our experience at all. If you communicate well with your partner this should not be an issue.

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Very USA centred advice

The book provides plenty of helpful advice for all expectant dads. However, in all technical aspects from finance, health insurance to shopping advice, it is very US centred and of little use for those outside the United States. I enjoyed listening to it in most parts, where the information was relevant to the UK or becoming a dad in general.

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Good book some information not relevant for UK

Good listen some information for UK listeners not relevant such as insurance. Some really useful information of what to expect and a lot of common sense but still a good listen.

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  • handslapper
  • 04-02-17

Great advice

Excellent intro to pregnancy. Most of the advice is given with an objective POV and there isn't a lot of fear mongering. The authors sincerely want to help and the book was written with both a male and female perspectives so it's not too one sided. This was the first parenting/pregnancy book I listened to and I listened to it in almost one sitting on a Florida to Colorado road trip. To expectant fathers, take what advice sounds good to you and take advice from a. few sources. To the author's, thanks for a great book, you have soothed a lot of my anxiety.

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  • Jonatan Tierno
  • 23-08-16

Useful, but less to non-USA readers.

A lot of information useful only for USA residents, such as tax or insurance. Too many mentions to studies which, in my opinion, mean nothing or are very debatable, such as "Babies with names starting with D have a 5% more probability of becoming dentists" and the like...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-17

Impressive paternal perspectives!

I loved this book. It quelled many fears of mine and introduced new challenges I never realized were headed my way. More importantly I imlreased my wife not only by simply reading the book but by sharing my learnings with her.

Mr. Brott has a gentle and humorous delivery that felt grandfatherly.

I will be reading this again as we move towards the big day.

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  • heidi
  • 28-05-17

For Dads

Great to hear the perspective of being a parent from a Dad. I hope his other books come out on Audible as well!!!

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  • eric
  • 06-12-16

Straddles Between Textbook and Storybook

The book read more like a series of facts/information more so than a story or a persons take on fatherhood. I loved how informative it was, but I could only listen to it in about 3 hour chunks or I would start to get a bit of information overload. Still great though since it covers just about everything in great detail. I'd recommend it for sure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-16

Great book!!

I learned a lot. Would recommend this book to new dads. It's very detailed and goes through a lot and give you a ton of information that is very useful

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  • Chen W.
  • 27-07-16

Audio book not great format for this book

Too detailed at times. Biased at times. Lots of common sense information. May have been better as actual book where irrelevant sections can be skipped.

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  • Michael K. E. Bogden
  • 09-07-18

Great Guide

I can’t say for sure how useful this book is since my first child has not been born yet but I can say I feel more prepared. After listening to many other books that are more focused on the mother and a natural approach I can say in many instances this book provides just as good information with a great perspective for fathers. It does not provide some information on fetal development in terms of learning that have not been found in other books. In fact, we bought a baby plus learning system off eBay after listening and are currently using it daily. It does not offer much of an “all natural” approach in terms of how to reduce fetal exposure to harmful chemicals around your home or as you build your nursery which I think would be helpful but you can listen to moms natural for that (yes I’m a soon to be father and I’ve listened to most of the book when driving and running. Ive received big points for listening to the book and it’s been a huge help in making our home/ nursery safer. The cooking tips to aid in fetal development are helpful too and I kind of wish this book had some tips on things a father to be could cook to help). Great book though and I look forward to reading more from this author down the road.

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  • Cristobal
  • 07-07-18

audio clicks and doesn't fit with book's structure

lots of audio clicks and it doesn't go work the structure of the Kindle book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-18

love it but?

Do you get the PDF if you buy the book on tape? It's mentioned many times in the book but I'm not sure how to access the PDF file?