Thursday, November 6, 2014

Expectant Parents (Review)

This review is for the book "Expectant Parents" by Suzanne Hadley Gosselin. No, I am not an expectant parent, but I have been one of those twice in my life. I tried reading "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and every other parenting book that was popular, but the information was overwhelming, and then when the baby was actually here my brain was complete mush.

This book is different in some ways. Yes, there is practical advice in here - making sure you take a babymoon, how to pack for the hospital, different birthing plans and choosing a pediatrician. Then there is spiritual advice, which is missing from a lot of books. This includes pregnancy fears, how your husband can step up after birth, postpartum depression, how your inner circle changes, and just surviving those first few weeks. Each chapter has questions you can answer and think about. There are also sections called "View from the Nursery" by real parents and how their expectations changed.

The end of the book also speaks on miscarriage, adoption, multiples, and blended families. I think this book gives great advice and covers a lot of areas that are missing in other pregnancy books. I highly recommend it for those who are expecting.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Focus on the Family for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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