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Attachment Fathering is a nonfiction parental guide written, and with photography, by Neena Roumell, Ph.D. Roumell’s photographs and text celebrate the intimate relationships enjoyed by fathers and their infants from childbirth on. Her pictures are privy to those special moments when parents and baby first meet, and she helps the reader focus upon the type of communication seen between father and child. Her photographs capture the expressions on newborns’ faces as they interact with their dads. She discusses how having Dad be a familiar presence in those first few days can set the tone for a lifelong relationship between father and child. Likewise, the shared experiences of care-giving, including feeding, changing diapers and play can help fathers understand the cues their baby is giving as it expresses its needs, desires and feelings.
Neena Roumell’s nonfiction parental guide, Attachment Fathering, is a gorgeous and inspirational look at fathering at its best. Each page has one or more images of fathers interacting with their infants, and the sheer delight shared by parent and child shines forth in each image. Roumell’s photography is masterful -- there are no gimmicks, cute outfits or images to distract from the subject, simply the story told in each image of the love shared by dad and child. Somehow, she is even able to show the opportunity for fun and interaction in the diapering, feeding and bathing processes. Roumell’s discussion of how powerfully this early relationship affects a child’s development and self-image as they are growing up can be seen in the reactions of these infants. Her book demonstrates beautifully the role dads can have during the first year of their child’s life. Attachment Fathering is most highly recommended.