My name is David Arrell, author of Welcome To Fatherhood: The Modern Man's Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Fatherhood. There are many great resources out there for pregnant Mothers, but not much for expectant Fathers. The larger “Birth Space” culture is finally beginning to recognize the need to put more effort and energy into helping us guys better understand and prepare for our important role in pregnancy, childbirth, and that most important 4th Trimester back home. WTF adds a strong contribution to those efforts, and I think it would make a great addition to your reading lists and resource packets for your clients.
Almost every expectant Dad I've worked with has been 100% committed to being "helpful and supportive." Yet almost every single one of them has also been largely unsure of what that looks like and what they specifically can do to be "helpful and supportive" as the journey from Bump to Baby progresses. Wanting to step in and step up is great, but having clear and specific advice on how to get better connected to Mama and better prepared for each step of the journey is something most expectant Dads really appreciate, and that's what WTF delivers.
I'm sure you're already doing a lot to help get your Dads more involved and up to speed. However, how many couples have you worked with where you've seen the Dad as somewhat out-of-touch with the pregnancy and what is going with Mama’s experiences? How many Mamas have you seen in your office who just aren’t getting enough of the help and support they need from Dad, adding more unnecessary stress and uncertainty into their pregnancy journey? How many births have you attended where the Dad could have been so much more helpful, to both you and Mama, had he just done a few things differently or better? I strongly believe adding Welcome to Fatherhood to your toolkit for new clients will help those Mamas and Dads, and then you as well, have better and easier experiences through the pregnancy, childbirth, and 4th Trimester back home.
Please find here below a complimentary electronic PDF copy of the book for you, a link to the WTF website for any and all further information regarding the book, a link to the Amazon page where it can be purchased in either paperback or Kindle format (audiobook coming soon), and a few recent podcast guest appearances I've done if you'd like to hear me discuss the book a bit too.
I'll also happily send you a paperback version of WTF if you prefer that format. Just reply with a good contact name and mailing address and I'll send it right out.
NH Birth Center BLOG
This blog has contributions from Doula's and Midwifes from the North Houston Birth Center, along with articles from other medical personnel from different websites with their credit and link at the bottom of each article.