Michele Hakakha and Ari Brown hit a home run with Expecting 411. My daughter may show up any day now and I greatly appreciated the find-and-read aspect of this text because time is of the essence. I believe all expecting fathers feel a pressure to get many things done while they prepare for being able to flip and go to each section.
The information within the text was very similar to other works I have read and I do not fault anyone for that. People have been multiplying for thousands of years and often that means that there are not a whole lot of developments or innovations in the realm of creating and birthing humans. With that said I think the innovation is the minute categorization of each topic and its relation to the ease of finding what I wanted when I wanted it. I also loved the skinny format of the book itself; I carried it in my back pocket for days up at campus and read when I was in between student sessions, something very welcome and appreciated by this expectant father.
I reviewed an earlier text from Howard Cohen that I believe still should be in the expectant father’s library (http://thefatherlife.com/mag/2010/09/09/review-dads-pregnant-too/), and Expecting 411 should be its companion.
My background may have skewed my perspective a bit; I am studying to gain admission to medical school, and I appreciated that doctor’s perspective that was evident throughout the text. That perspective aside, I believe even the non medically minded can still find their way through and gain some powerful insight into this foreign world of child creation and birth. I appreciated the author’s effort and definitely recommend this work to expectant fathers.
The opinions expressed are those of the author, who received no compensation other than the complimentary copy of the title reviewed.