Rookie Dad

What to Expect During Your Partner's Pregnancy

Non-Fiction - Parenting
126 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2023
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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Rookie Dad: What to Expect During Your Partner's Pregnancy is an informative and practical guide for expectant fathers by Danny Collins. It consists of ten chapters covering a wide range of topics with titles like Irrational Fears, What Should She Eat? and The Arrival: The Birth of Our Son, among others. From the early stages of pregnancy to labor and delivery, it provides helpful tips for the father-to-be. Drawing from his own experience, Collins discusses the physical and emotional changes that expectant mothers go through and the rewards of being an involved and supportive father. It also addresses the emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy such as dealing with anxiety and mood swings; supporting a partner through morning sickness and fatigue; and coping with the stress of impending fatherhood.

Danny Collins’ Rookie Dad is an engaging guidebook for first-time fathers-to-be. Easy to read and peppered with personal anecdotes and humor, this is a must-read for expectant fathers as it covers everything they need to know during their partner's pregnancy. Written in the first-person perspective, his writing style is casual and down-to-earth. He speaks directly to his audience, making it an enjoyable read. It credibly provides advice on how to support and care for a pregnant partner, prepare for labor and delivery, and adjust to the demands of fatherhood. I found the topic of how to cope with feelings of anxiety, doubt, and even jealousy during a partner’s pregnancy and after birth highly interesting. Ultimately, Rookie Dad is an excellent resource and a perfect gift for first-time fathers-to-be!

Asher Syed

Rookie Dad: What to Expect During Your Partner's Pregnancy by Danny Collins is a self-help guide for men who are having their first experience with regard to their wife being pregnant and having their first child. Collins explains that his motivation for writing this book was the result of not finding comprehensive reading material for fathers who want to do more than simply support their pregnant partner, and are instead looking toward being engaging, active participants in the pregnancy. Broken down into ten distinct and interconnected chapters, Collins discusses his personal experiences and backstory, as well as topics that include but are certainly not limited to home and hospital births, morning sickness, diet, feelings of guilt, birth, bonding, and post-partum, among many other areas.

I had a similar experience as author David Collins while looking for the male equivalent of What To Expect When You're Expecting, and Rookie Dad is the book I wish had been around twenty years ago. Thankfully for expecting fathers of today, it is here now. One of the key areas that makes Collins' work more interesting is that it is also from the perspective of an older soon-to-be parent. While I wish this aspect had been explored in greater detail, the fact that the author's wife was in her forties puts the book into a category that only elevates it further. My favorite part of the book is chapter nine which is on the topic of bonding. It is not the most informative part of the book but Collins opens up about his wife teasing him about jealousy and the reality that not all parents are instantly bonded to their newborns. Overall, this is a good book for expectant fathers and I have no doubt it will be helpful to many of its readers.