There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy - this book's here to help you avoid all (most) of them. And here's your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what's happening to her.
She's pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her one 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That's where John Pfeiffer steps in.
Like any good coach, he's been through it. He's dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby's nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive - there with a "You're beautiful" when necessary - but assertive during the decision-making process. (He didn't want to wind up with a kid named Percy.) And now it's your turn. She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities.
©2011 John Pfeiffer (P)2012 Tantor
I enjoyed the quips and funny lists, but ultimately it came up short in substance. The book didn't really mention much that isn't total common sense. I enjoyed it, but not for its intellectual value.
Perhaps add more value and have fewer lists. The lists became a little monotonous although they were a good way to organize thoughts. I would have appreciated it if it spent more time going over terms and conditions that would make it easier for men to communicate during doctors visits and with the well educated fairer sex.
The ending was marvelous. It was a first hand account of the experience a dad had during the birth of his child. It really helped me visualize what I was in for. I doubt you will find anything quite like it in any other book.
A follow up book would not be necessary since it was designed and succeeds at being an abbreviated 'crash course' with the big details.
If you aren't too into audiobooks or big, lofty explanations, this is probably a good listen. It is a quick listen and accomplishes everything it set out to do. Perhaps I am being harsh on a book that admittedly has a title that should have indicated to me the concept of the book, but overall I found the subject matter a little sporadic and the explanations watered down. I can't recommend it enthusiastically, but I wouldn't encourage new fathers to be to avoid it either.
This book gives you similar information to what you get in other soon-to-be dad books. Unfortunately, this book seems intended for soon-to-be dads that are content with statements like, "It's just a woman thing," or, "Don't worry because you'll never understand." It's not that it's offensive necessarily, but rather that it's so simplistic and incurious that it's really not worth reading when you compare it to similar books.
Okay, so how do you write a review on a book about pregnancy written for men? I'm sure the author was thinking almost the same thing. So, what did he do? He made it fun. Unfortunately, I am not as talented as John Pfeiffer.
The author goes through many of the things that you might go through step-by-step. He throws in humor and makes it all about DON'T PANIC! His helpful hints have already given me a lot to think about and prepare for. He also gives practical advice on what is important and what is not important. (The book should have come with a handy PDF of important points and checklists!)
The narration of Mike Chamberlain is excellent. If you listen to the sample, you will know exactly what you are getting. He is perfectly matched on this one!
If you are one of the chosen few who are expecting, this book is for you!
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