“The transition to fatherhood is one of the most significant and challenging experiences a man will ever face. In order to have a satisfying and successful experience fathers must feel safe, supported and confident. To optimize the possibilities for our families, we need to provide appropriate educational, physical and emotional support for ‘father love’.
—Patrick M. Houser (Fathers to Be)
I recently learned of a book for fathers called Fathers to Be Handbook. I always have my eyes open for resources for fathers and this looks like a great one. I look forward to reading it soon.
Other books I’ve recently read and recommend for fathers to be are the nurturing, respectful, encouraging book Fathers at Birth and the practical and informative The Father’s Homebirth Handbook. In classes, I also hand out the short publication Dads Adventure. I love photos of dads and babies and one on the homepage of Fathers at Birth is priceless. I like the pictures in Dads Adventure also. There was also a great picture in the article in New Beginnings in which I learned of the Fathers to Be Handbook in the first place.
I have a smallish collection of other books for fathers and I also have the DVD Homebirth Dads (the resources mentioned above without “homebirth” in the title are for fathers in any birth setting, the homebirth specific titles have a special emphasis on homebirth, but are still useful to anyone preparing for birth).
If you have any other favorite resources for fathers please tip me off about them! I am constantly seeking ways in which to become a better resource to families.
I just wrote about this subject on the ICEA blog as well.
For other posts I’ve written about fathers, click here.