The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide

The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide

Everything You Need to Know


An accessible, practical guide for the father-to-be, about pregnancy, the birth and what to expect during the first 6 weeks from a man who has been through it all, multiple times. For every man who has heard those two magic words: 'I'm pregnant' ... and immediately thought of two of his own!

'Written in a light, informative tone but backed with expert advice from male midwives and obstetricians ... "the" book in this genre' -- The Guardian

'Very supportive and encouraging' -- ***** Reader review
'Really helpful hints, tips and guidance' -- ***** Reader review
'Was much less nervous after reading this' -- ***** Reader review
'Funny, honest and witty' -- ***** Reader review
From buying buggies and cutting the cord to dealing with your wife's breastfeeding in public - the life of a first-time father will throw up new experiences every day.

The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide tells you everything you need to know during your partner's pregnancy and the first few weeks of your new life as a dad. Combining expert advice from midwives, psychologists and obstetricians with first-hand accounts, it explains what's happening with her, what's going on with your baby, and what the hell you should be doing every step of the way.

With tips from those who know, what-to-do explanations and fascinating facts, this survival guide will ensure you're armed and ready for your role as a new father - from discovery to delivery and beyond.
A must-read for all fathers-to-be.


  • Expectant fathers used to be left chain-smoking in the hospital hallway. These days most of the 500,000 men who become fathers for the first time every year in the UK attend the birth. This book aims to help those newbies be less anxious.
    The Mirror

About the author

Rob Kemp

Rob Kemp is a freelance journalist, editor-at-large for dads' online magazine FQ (Father's Quarterly), writes the dad's newsletter for Boots Parenting Club and is a contributing editor to Men's Health magazine. He has written articles on the subject of pregnancy and fatherhood for a number of other national titles and websites including the Guardian, Independent, Pregnancy, Baby and You, Pregnancy & Birth, Mother & Baby, MSN and Sainsbury's Fresh Ideas among others. His books include The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide, The New Dad's Survival Guide (both Vermilion) and The Good Guys; 50 heroes who changed the world with kindness. @robkemp_author
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