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Review: The Expectant Dad’s Handbook

I was sent a copy of this book to review, but these truly are my own words and opinions. 

I’ve known Dean, the author of this book, for quite a while. When I say known I of course mean in the social media sense where we have chatted all things baby since before Matilda was born I think. So when he asked me to review a copy of his new book I was of course happy to oblige.

Daddynatal bookFor those of you that don’t know Dean, he’s the first professional male antenatal teacher in the UK and has his own business called Daddynatal that offers antenatal classes specifically aimed at dads. Having been through NCT antenatal classes and tried to find information as an expectant and new dad I realise that more can definitely be done to support dads as they become parents. Something that Dean is trying to address through the classes he runs and now his book.

The book is exactly as I expected it to be, it covers everything about birth and the birthing process but from the perspective of a dad. There is of course the information about types of birth, interventions etc that you would expect. But more importantly there is advice aimed specifically at dads and the role that we can play in the birth process.

I share Dean’s approach to being a parent and that is any expectant parent should be given the information they need to make an informed choice on what they want the birth to be like. We are all different and in my opinion any good antenatal teacher or book shouldn’t try to convince you that there is a ‘right’ way. Dean writes each section from this perspective, the advantages and disadvantages are given to help you come to your own choice. I think dad’s need to make sure they know these things so they can be part of the birth plan decisions and of course be their partners advocate during birth.

The final section of the book deals with life after birth with advice on how to support your partner feeding and ways you can help calm or soothe your baby amongst other things. I like that it also doesn’t just deal with the physical part of having a baby it also addresses the emotional, both for the dad and perhaps more importantly the mother and what the dad can do to support her.

I’m not surprised that I enjoyed reading this book, but I am really happy that Dean has written it. If you are dad to be or know one this is one book you should definitely read. It’ll also be a great resource to keep on your bookshelf and refer back to in the future.

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