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- File Size: 911 KB
- Print Length: 329 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1505355613
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SN4PFPA
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- Customer reviews: 22 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #916,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From Here To Paternity: The Diary of a Pregnant Man (NEW EDITION) (A Dad's Diary Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It is a really good book - a diary kept by a pregnant woman's boyfriend throughout her pregnancy - but is very honest and deals with some difficult issues. Whilst I learned a lot from it, I found that I was reading things that I wasn't ready to digest and the book caused me to worry about possibilities and unusual conditions which would never otherwise have crossed my mind and to pick up on the anxiety of the author and his girlfriend which is present throughout the whole pregnancy. For example, it deals very honestly with bad experiences at a London hospital - both in terms of worrying scan results and the quality and continuity of care which was provided. This happened to be my local hospital, and completely changed the way I looked at it.
I have since re-read the book a couple of times and now, when I'm equipped with more information and have become much more relaxed about the whole pregnancy thing, I really enjoy it and appreciate the honesty and the male, non-medical perspective which the author brings to the whole experience. I'm now at the end of my pregnancy and with the benefit of hindsight I can see that much of what he records in his diary is accurate, frequently funny and probably universal, for example the things he consistently has to reassure his girlfriend about.
He isn't always the most attractive of authors, it has to be said - quite frequently he is self-centred and one of my husband's main complaints about the book was that he thought the guy was an idiot - but at least that reinforces the idea that the book is an honest account.
In a nutshell I would therefore recommend this book - but only if you are quite relaxed about your pregnancy and happy to read about someone's experience which is less positive and reassuring.
This was a real eye-opener for me. As a first time dad really have no idea of what's to come. In places it's gritty. Especially when things get complicated, this was great mental preparation for me on the big day itself. As it turns out, not all births are straightforward. At times it hilariously funny. The male mind is laid bare and it's heartfelt and spot on. At times it drags on a bit - the constant struggle between work, life and being a good husband / dad. But it's all real, all valid and all very well written.
I've recommended this book to all of my mates who have become dads and they've all enjoyed it too. I'd heartily recommend it to dad-to-be to read in the months leading up to the birth date.....to make the NCT sessions more bearable. Worth a read.
Would really recommend it - we had a few great discussions from it like others have said here......I would read his account and my husband would interupt and say 'I was worried about that too'.
I'm also a Health Care Professional and cringed at some of the all too real accounts of conflicting advice, ignorance, talking as if the patient isn't there etc. Certain excerpts of the book would be fantastic for communication courses for health care professionals.