Having Babies

     One of USA Today's 25 most influential books of the past 25 years, What to expect when you're expecting by Heidi Murkoff, 4th ed., has become an institution and a nation-wide household word.  This edition has been completely redone and includes a completely new section on pregnancy with multiples. Some dads and others consider it a bit alarmist, but maybe that is just another way of saying it covers all possibilities!
     Another great resource is The pregnancy bible: your complete guide to pregnancy and early parenthood, 2nd ed. This book has excellent photos and organization with a fan base that just won't stop.  Try this one if you want to really see what happens.
     For a respected, authoritative guide, try Dr. Miriam Stoppard's new pregnancy and birth book. This small book will fit in your purse, to carry along and read as you wait in the doctor's office or in line for the restroom. Revised and updated, Dr. Stoppard has included new information for participating fathers, midwives and others.  Photos and charts may seem a little shocking at first, but they really help with many issues and explanations. One older expectant mom describes it as "comforting in the extreme."
 One mom was not happy with the baby books out there, so she wrote her own.  For vitamin and nutrition cheat sheets, try The real deal guide to pregnancy: fresh and practical advice for navigating the next nine months by Erika Lenkert. For maternity fashion advice, get The real deal guide to pregnancy: fresh and practical advice for navigating the next nine months by Erika Lenkert. Want a light-hearted guide without scare tactics? Then come in for The real deal guide to pregnancy: fresh and practical advice for navigating the next nine months by Erika Lenkert!
     One participant in the birth process has historically been much ignored and shunned.  Not these days.  Guys, you have choices even in what books to read.  For instance, everything the guy needs to know is in The expectant father: facts, tips, and advice for dads-to-be by Armin A. Brott. Recipes, baby furniture, dad's medical leave, child care, this second edition has it all.
     A fun title for the father is The caveman's pregnancy companion: a survival guide for expectant fathers by David Port. Here, Gronk, the Cro-Magnon role model, will guide you through all those head-scratching moments with the added help of cartoons.  A popular choice, but avoid where sensitivities may cause an outbreak of hostilities.