Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Pregnant Fathers: Entering Parenthood Together

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Pregnant Fathers: Entering Parenthood Together

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Pregnant Fathers: Entering Parenthood Together by Jack Heinowitz, Ph.D., San Diego, California: Parents As Partners Press, 1995, 188 pages, $14.95.

Jack Heinowitz has written a much needed book which, in a simple and loving style, offers guidelines, methods and techniques to help the anticipatory father assume his crucial role in the most positive way. The book includes, among others, chapters on reconceiving fatherhood, changing needs and feelings, communication and the father's role during the birthing process, itself. The chapter designated Partner-to-Partner Communication includes a variety of awareness exercises which would be affective in human interaction under any circumstances. Pregnant Fathers is illustrated with numerous carefully chosen photographs, charts, exercises, and anecdotes and includes, for professional caregivers, one Appendix on Caring for the Pregnant Couple and another which lists Support Organizations.

The book's value is clearly expressed in a forward by APPPAH President, David Chamberlain. Dr. Chamberlain comments that, "fflathers are desperately needed," and often do not realize it. Today of course dismal statistics reflect that 30 percent of babies in the United States are born fatherless. "In some large cities," Dr. Chamberlain adds, "as many as 50 to 70 percent are born to a father who has disappeared. …

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