I read The Expectant Father about an year ago when I first learned that I was going to become a father. Knowing nothing about babies, fatherhood or pregnancy I googled the guy’s equivalent of What to Expect when You are Expecting, and landed upon this book.
I think this is a great book for someone who was in my situation; someone who needs a quick read to get familiarized with what to expect during his wife’s pregnancy as a man. I felt that the book paid for itself when my wife told me she has seen something on one of her reports that says crown to rump height, and I knew what it was whereas she didn’t.
The section on Down’s Syndrome was terrifying to me because we are both relatively older parents, but this is definitely the kind of information you want from such a book.
I skimmed through the sections on college funds, an savings etc. because I felt that I didn’t need as much coaching on the financial aspects of parenthood. Also, I did feel that the book contained a lot of fluff in terms of ideas to make your wife comfortable, doing nice things for her etc. and at some point I realized that the meaty part of the book can probably be distilled in twenty five pages or so.
Regardless, I think this is a worthwhile read for any guy who is going to become a father and has never experienced parenthood before.