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The Expectant Father

The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be

Trusted by millions of fathers for over 20 years, the New York Times-bestselling guide for dads-to-be is back in a fully revised and updated fourth edition.

Armin Brott-best-selling author, broadcaster, nationally syndicated columnist, and dad of three-is America's foremost expert on fatherhood. His wisdom-along with the advice of leading obstetricians and researchers, and the experience of hundreds of real-life dads-is collected here in The Expectant Father, the essential guide for dads-to-be.

Brott's reassuring month-by-month overview of your partner's pregnancy gives you the tools you need to support your partner, prepare for the baby's arrival, and take care of yourself during this exciting time. Each chapter covers:

-What's going on with your partner, emotionally and physically
-What's going on with the baby, every step of the way from fertilized egg to newborn
-What's going on with you, as you adjust to the new life stage of fatherhood
-How to stay involved: specific ways you can help (and feel included), from attending birthing classes with your partner to starting a college fund

This fully revised fourth edition also includes:
-More information about adoptions, multiples, infertility and assisted reproductive technology, and dads in the military
-A special section on labor and delivery: what to expect on the big day
-A special section on what comes next, in the first few months after the baby's arrival
-A handy resource section, connecting you to the best information on every topic related to pregnancy and fatherhood

Illustrated throughout with stress-relieving New Yorker-style cartoons, The Expectant Father is a friendly and readable companion for dads-to-be seeking confidence, guidance, and joy. (Moms will love it, too!)
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Praise for The Expectant Father:

"This is an essential book for all expectant fathers." — Publisher's Weekly

"Brott writes honestly and earnestly. His wry sense of humor will be a relief to hassled parents." — Time Magazine

"...stood out immediately...because of its perceptive insights"— San Francisco Chronicle

"The best guidebook to date for both the prospective father and his partner in their journey through the nine months of pregnancy...a must for fathers-to-be." — John Munder Ross, Ph.D., author of What Men Want and Father and Child

"One would be hard put to find a question about having a baby that's not dealt with here, all from the father's point of view." — Library Journal

"For fathers soon expecting the ultimate gift—a new member of the family— The Expectant Father is his best friend."— CNN Interactive

"The What to Expect When You're Expecting for men...If you know an expectant father, first baby or not, make sure he has this book." — Full-Time Dads

"...extraordinarily helpful...packed with specific advice."— Portland Oregonian

"For the dad-to-be, author Armin Brott's The Expectant Father is a terrific gift, offering insight into pregnancy and the first few weeks of parenthood." &mdash BabyCenter(dot)com

Winner, 2005 Adding Wisdom award from Parent-to-Parent

iParenting Media Award
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Armin A. Brott is a nationally recognized parenting expert and author of Abbeville's New Father series, including: The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year ; Fathering Your Toddler: A Dad's Guide to the Second and Third Years ; Fathering Yout School-Age Child ; and The Military Father . He has written on parenting and fatherhood for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek , and dozens of other publications. He also hosts “Positive Parenting," a nationally syndicated, weekly talk show and lives with his family in Oakland, California.

Jennifer Ash is the author of Private Palm Beach and a contributing editor to Town and Country . She and her husband Joe, and their son Clarke and daughter Amelia make their home in New York City.
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    Introduction

    When my wife got pregnant with our first child, I was the happiest I'd ever been. That pregnancy, labor, and the baby's birth was a time of incredible closeness, tenderness, and passion. Long before we'd married, my wife and I had made a commitment to participate equally in raising our children. And it seemed only natural that the process of shared parenting should begin during pregnancy.

    Since neither of us had children before, we were both rather ill prepared for pregnancy. Fortunately for my wife, there were literally hundreds of books and other resources designed to educate, encourage, support, and comfort women during their pregnancies. But when it finally hit me that I, too, was expecting (although in a very different kind of way), and that the pregnancy was bringing out feelings and emotions I didn't understand, there simply weren't any resources for me to turn to. I looked for answers in my wife's pregnancy books, but information about what expectant fathers go through (if it was discussed at all) was at best superficial, and consisted mostly of advice on how men could be supportive of their pregnant wives. To make things worse, my wife and I were the first couple in our circle of close friends to get pregnant, which meant that there was no one else I could talk to about what I was going through, no one who could reassure me that what I was feeling was normal and all right.

    Until fairly recently, there has been precious little research on expectant fathers' emotional and psychological experiences during pregnancy. The very title of one of the first articles to appear on the subject should give you some idea of the medical and psychiatric communities' attitude toward the impact of pregnancy on men. Written by William H. Wainwright, M.D., and published in the July 1966 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry , it was called “Fatherhood as a Precipitant of Mental Illness." (Another wonderful title that came out at about the same time was: “Psychoses in Males in Relation to Their Wives' Pregnancy and Childbirth.")

    As you'll soon find out, though, an expectant father's experience during the transition to fatherhood is not confined simply to excitement—or mental illness; if it were, this book would never have been written. The reality is that men's emotional response to pregnancy is no less varied than women's; expectant fathers feel everything from relief to denial, fear to frustration, anger to joy. And for up to 80 percent of men, there are physical symptoms of pregnancy as well (more on this on pages 74–79).

    So why haven't men's experiences been discussed more? In my opinion it's because we, as a society, value motherhood more than fatherhood, and we automatically assume that issues of pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing are women's issues. But as you'll learn—both from reading this book and from your own experience—that's simply not the case.

    WHO, EXACTLY, HAS WRITTEN THIS BOOK?
    From the very beginning, my goal in writing The Expectant Father has been to help you—the father—understand and make sense of what you're going through , the better prepared you'll be and the more likely you'll be to take an interest in—and stayed involved throughout—the pregnancy. Research has shown that the earlier fathers get involved (and what could be earlier than pregnancy?), the more likely they are to be involved after their children are born. And that's good for your child, good for you, and good for your relationship with your child's mother.

    All that's very nice, of course, but it's clearly dependent on your partner's being pregnant. So a good understanding of her perspective on the pregnancy—emotional as well as physical—is essential to understanding how you will react. It was pre
  • Table of Contents for The Expectant Father

    Introduction 7

    FIRST DECISIONS 13

    THE 1ST MONTH
    Salad Days 27

    THE 2ND MONTH
    The Doctor Will See You Now 53

    THE 3RD MONTH
    Spreading the Word 73

    THE 4TH MONTH
    Money, Money, Money 91

    THE 5TH MONTH
    The Lights Are On and Somebody Is Home 113

    THE 6TH MONTH
    Work and Family 128

    THE 7TH MONTH
    Entering the Home Stretch 148

    THE 8TH MONTH
    Making a List and Checking It Twice 175

    THE 9TH MONTH
    “Dear, It's Time..." 204

    LABOR AND DELIVERY 218

    CESAREAN SECTION 241

    GEE HONEY, NOW WHAT DO WE DO? 251

    FATHERING TODAY 281

    APPENDIXES
    Infertility: When Things Don't Go as Planned 292
    Resources 302

    Selected Bibliography 310
    Acknowledgements 321
    Index 323
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 336
Erscheinungsdatum 11.06.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-7892-1213-9
Verlag Ingram Publisher ServicesBooks
Maße (L/B/H) 22.6/14.9/2.7 cm
Gewicht 510 g
Abbildungen mit Illustrationen
Auflage 4. Auflage
Verkaufsrang 14084
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