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I love Dr. Sloan (even though he is a breathy audiobook reader). Though personal stories, historical practices, trends around the world and clearly explained current science he explores what childbirth is all about. I think it would be of interest to healthcare providers... as well as expecting parents and grandparents.
It is an honest, yet entertaining overview, full of gentle humor and practical, positive information. He makes no choices for you, but explores ideas from many points of view and leaves you knowing that every parent, situation, child and birth is different, just like the "proverbial snowflake."
So glad I found it.
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This was probably the ninth or 10th book I read while preparing for our first child, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, if you're only going to read one book to prep this probably isn't the one. With all of the specifics I have already encountered in my studies, a historical perspective on childbirth was welcome. It's not that the author doesn't do a superb job of presenting researched-backed, practical information, but it's sprinkled throughout the book, with most coming toward the end.
The parts of the book I enjoyed most as an expectant father were the evolving perspective of the fathers role in childbirth, and the proven benefits of having a female birth coach or doula present for the birth.
Ultimately, I highly recommend this book. However, if you are under the gun for immediately applicable information, this might not be the one for you. The Expectant Father is great starter book for first time dads. Cheers, parents!