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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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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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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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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 for mother AND father

I loved this book. I listened to it at the same time as my husband and it helped me as well. I loved how the author was well informed and spoke from his personal experience. It was humorous and real. He had done his research and he used so many educated sources. I enjoyed listening the entire time and I felt it prepared both me and my husband for our next stage in life.

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If you're a Father to be, listen to this

I'm still an expectant father. My wife is 30 Weeks pregnant. However, this book has given both me and my wife some great tips and useful information for the time being and for when the baby comes. Some things in the book are situation specific and won't necessarily apply to everyone. If you're a military dad, for instance, and will miss the birth there's information for you and if you're having troubles getting pregnant there's info for you too. These sections, though not currently applicable to me, were still interesting and worth listening to. The book is very well written and a pleasure to listen to. I feel like I need to listen to it at least one more time before our due date to soak up as much information as possible.

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Very Helpful

Definitely recommend this to all expecting fathers. A great listen and your wife or girlfriend will definitely appreciate what you learn.

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  • Vence
  • 06-06-18

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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  • M. Ackermann
  • 05-02-18

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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  • THOMAS WOOD
  • 10-02-18

Great general information and guidance

A good general guide on what to expect during pregnancy. As a UK based reader, this book is full of US centric information, lots of reference to military Dad's, US medical procedures and options and financial references to US relevant schemes (college funds and 401ks etc) obviously it wasn't written for a UK audience and whilst the information is still relevant overall, you may find 25% of this book you wanna skip through

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  • Mr N A Kempton
  • 08-06-18

US focused but good

Got through it quickly. A lot of plugs for later books. Good content but can get bogged down into the US way of doing things - as a UK citizen those sections were less helpful but important if you are from there.

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  • SKOTCH
  • 02-28-18

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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  • Mark W
  • 10-15-17

Good resource

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

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  • Dan Christou
  • 10-08-18

informative and easy listening

good info, easily listened to and understood. looking forward to seeing what the next book on the first year of fatherhood is like.

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  • David Sou
  • 09-13-18

Best advice for all to be dads!

A great detailed guide of what to expect and how to be the best possible husband and to be dad.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-18

great read - plenty of info for dads.

it gives you a good info from before conception to after birth so worth a listen