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The Dad's Playbook to Labor and Birth: A Practical and Strategic Guide to Preparing for the Big Day Paperback – June 5, 2012
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- Publisher : Harvard Common Press (June 5, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1558326723
- ISBN-13 : 978-1558326729
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,354 in Pregnancy & Childbirth (Books)
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Outstanding book for the new father - and even for repeat dads. You get the facts, but in a highly readable format that makes this an interesting and entertaining read. Information is logically presented, in clear specific language.
Tools for communication with the mother-to-be, professionals, and interested bystanders are well presented in a usable format. No, it doesn't make you a health professional, but but it does make it possible to communicate clearly with those in the medical profession and even more importantly, with your partner.
Now down to specifics. Yes, it has the basic information on pre-labor, labor and delivery. But this book has much more - like what instruments may be used, the hows and whys of anesthesia, if this becomes necessary, preventing panic attacks ( Mom's AND Dad's!), dealing with panic attacks, C-section if it becomes necessary and the Dad's role during that procedure. (No, it's not pacing in the waiting room - as the Dad's Playbook clearly states, the new father has an important role to play there!)
Throughout is good advise on how to talk to your partner. I've had three babies with a caring, intelligent, compassionate, involved partner - and yes, there were times when even he didn't know what to say or do. If this book had been around then, we both would have benefited.
There is a section on "What if Your Baby is Ugly." Not all babies would star in a fashion shoot their first few days - the reassuring words in this section will help both of you. What happens if your baby goes to the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit)? Read the section - it is well represented - and again I speak as an experienced Mom.
Finally there is support for the first few weeks at home - including post postpartum depression (his and hers)and some good first person interviews with moms and dads who had different experiences.
Bottom line - the subtitle is "A Practical and Strategic Guide to Preparing for the Big Day" And that is EXACTLY what you get.