Synopses & Reviews
FATHERHOOD DEMYSTIFIED! Finally-a manual for new dads that deciphers the immensely confusing world of fatherhood and gives crucial tips and advice from a man's point of view. No psychobabble, no warm fuzzies-just a hilarious (and surprisingly practical) military-style guide to surviving and thriving through even the queasiest moments of pregnancy, birth, and babyhood. Seasoned father and master infant-tamer Scott Mactavish breaks the Baby Code down and lays it out in straight-up guyspeak. The New Dad's Survival Guide includes declassified information on such topics as: * Cutting the Cord: The Moment of Truth * Feeding and Cleaning the NFU (New Family Unit) * Surviving Sleep Deprivation * Relieving Stress Without Booze * The Great Boob Irony * Pee, Poo, Hurl, and Snot: Getting Used to the Bodily Functions * Critical Survival Tips Never Before Revealed * Sex: Let the Games Begin Again...Finally * Dozens of Essential Terms Defined, Including Binky, Onesie, Diaper Genie, Passy, and Sippy Cup GRAB YOUR BOOTS AND STRAP ON YOUR HELMET! THE BABIES ARE COMING!
"Mactavish presents a useful-though by no means comprehensive-guide for any dad-to-be who doesn't care about details and just wants to learn what's going to happen when his partner gives birth and how he should go about changing a diaper. The author is no doctor; he's 'just a dude who's been through it twice,' and his lingo-'BCF' means 'be cool, fool' (borrowed from Mr. T.); 'FPP' is your 'female parenting partner'; an 'NFU' is a 'new family unit'-is appropriately casual. The book covers the most basic of parenting skills from birth through three months, with a few toddler tips thrown in. It's humorous (or insensitive, depending on one's point of view) in its approach. For example, on postpartum depression, Mactavish warns 'PPD is a beaucoup serious condition that can have a devastating effect on the FPP.' Although most of the book's advice seems quite obvious, tips on assisting a partner in labor ('offer backrubs on a consistent basis'), helping a baby pass gas (or 'dislodge an air biscuit') and preventing diaper rash ('keep the butt dry after bathing') will be of use to any new father." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
- The New Dad's Survival Guide is packed with information new dads need, but unlike other parenting resources, this book has a laugh on every page. The illustrations alone are enough to hold a skeptical new father's attention.
- It's simple; it's funny; it's necessary information--it's the perfect gift! Women will love to buy this book for the clueless new dads they know.
- Scott Mactavish sold 1000 copies of a self-published edition of The New Dad's Survival Guide in a mere five weeks of driving around to bookstores and gift stores near his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. With the benefit of a more concerted publishing effort, The New Dad's Survival Guide is sure to become a staple of parenting sections and gift store counters nationwide.
Packed with information new dads need, along with a humorous look at fatherhood, this parenting resource contains simple, funny, and necessary information. Illustrations.
The Dad's Playbook to Labor and Birth is a basic guide for the man who wants to help his partner in labor. Full of humor and practical information by the parents of twins.
The Dadand#8217;s Playbook to Labor and Birth
is a basic guide for the man who wants to help his partner in labor but who doesnand#8217;t want to study obstetrics or question a doctorand#8217;s advice, and who may even feel uncomfortable about witnessing a normal birth. The book is written in a simple, straightforward manner and assumes that the reader is male and that the birth is taking place in a hospital--and that the mom will probably want an epidural. Its tone is lighthearted and often quite humorous. The chapters are arranged chronologically, from late pregnancy through the early postpartum period. Unusual features include advice on understanding a womanand#8217;s needs by analyzing her personality and tips for the dad who is prone to fainting or nausea.
About the Author
Theresa and Brad Halvorsen are the parents of twin boys. Theresa is a certified childbirth educator, a pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding expert, and a former doula. She teaches pre-natal andandnbsp;mommy-and-me yoga classes. She runs an informational website for parents and birthing professionals called theonlybabystop.com . The Halvorsens own a center fro new and expectant parents in Sacramento, California.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why are You Holding This Book? Chapter 1: Youand#8217;re Going to Have a Baby! Time to Get Ready! Chapter 2: Any Day Now: Last Minute Things to Do Chapter 3: "Do They Hurt Yet?" and Other Things Not to Ask in Early Labor Chapter 4: You Didnand#8217;t Know What You Were Signing Up for: How to Help with Strong Contractions Chapter 5: Time to Rewrite the Playbook: What to Do When Labor Doesnand#8217;t Go as Planned Chapter 6: Hereand#8217;s Baby! How to Help during Pushing Birth and the First Few Days Chapter 7: Tips from the Experts: Dadsand#8217; Birth Stories Chapter 8: Birth Jargon Explained Helpful Organizations and Websites