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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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great overview of the process and considerations

it is quite a long read, however, it was very informative getting into certain details I wasn't expecting. I think everyone should read this and also have your spouse read it too so you can discuss certain topics together.

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Helpful and Informative

As an expectant father I found this book to be very helpful and informative on what to expect my wife, baby, and myself to go through during the pregnancy.

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Wishing for more...

It's unfortunate to write a critical review of a book whose topic is so sensitive and one that affects every listener without exception. We'll start by saying that the author has and continues to improve on the work, providing invaluable information, especially in the 'What's Going On With The Baby' and 'What's Going On With The Mother' sections, that we are very grateful for learning. These facts are exactly what we expect from a guide such as this and the work it took to create this 4th edition shows.

We can only wish that the author continues his due diligence in refining his work and the next edition is more palatable. Or not, as he clearly notes in the very beginning his understanding of the amount of variation in personalities of expecting fathers and thus can't conform to each of our situations in a single book. Which brings us to the first area of unease with this listen.

The author's voice, both literally and figuratively, can be at times egotistical, almost defensive, in his explanation of offered advice or when relaying personal experiences. While I wholeheartedly agree that every author should have pride in his work, this stance creates a dichotomy between those of us who agree with opinions and those who don't, beginning and fostering the attitude of mistrust of the wonderfully helpful facts and details of the change of life we are preparing oursleves to experience.

This mistrust is aggravated by the one too many nonlinear associations offered to the audience as statistics or evidence, ultimately creating irrational fears or expectations. These additions, often unnecessary in establishing the author's credibility, do more harm than good.

While we really appreciate the author's father-empowering stance and unquestionable intentions in creating a guide to better fatherhood, we'll have to wait and wish for a more satisfying 5th edition.

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  • Mark W
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Good resource

Good resource, probably one of the best available, it does get very American in sections but is mostly universal.