Title: The His and Hers Guide To Pregnancy and Birth
Authors: Dean and Steph Beaumont
Date Published:9th June 2016
Mums- and dads-to-be both want the best for their baby, but often their experiences of the journey to parenthood can be quite different.
In this book, leading antenatal teachers Dean and Steph Beaumont offer a new way to prepare for your new arrival. Covering everything from first finding out you are pregnant to the early weeks with your baby, you’ll find practical advice, reassurance and guidance on how you can support each other as well as your growing baby.
Divided into sections with targeted information for mum and dad, addressing their concerns and questions, The His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth will support you as individuals, giving you the confidence and knowledge you need. Each chapter also includes a ‘Get Together’ section, which provides ideas for bonding, advice on what dad can do to help and ways to connect with and understand each other.
When this book arrived it was a few days before our son was born but we did manage to read some of it before he arrived. I thought it would be good to have as even though we have had children before it had been a long time between so refreshing ourselves on birth and having a newborn would be good.
We did skip through the pregnancy part of the book as we were almost done with that and were booked in for an induction and so much of the birth preferences were out of our hands too. We did read the caesarean birth part though as I did have a feeling that the birth would end in an emergency caesarean section and I am glad we read it as even though it was an emergency section we knew what to expect and the induction of labour section was very informative and helpful as was coming home baby’s arrival and home as a family.
There is also fertility facts and trying for a baby section and nutrition and lifestyle tips for the whole pregnancy.
I did like this book as it was written from a woman’s (Hers) and man’s (His) prospective and also had the get together parts which encourages both the mum and dad to be to discuss what their wishes and feelings are.
I would recommend this book to all mums and dads to be whether it be their first child or more it is full of information in a way that people can understand.
About the Authors:
Steph is a MA Hons graduate from the University of Cambridge, part of her degree specialising in looking at the evolving role of the mother and midwife through history. She then worked for 8 years supporting children and their parents through advocacy and empowerment services. Steph won several regional awards for her work, such as the LAYSER award for ‘Most Empowering’ professional working with children in the East in 2004, and the CSIP ‘Putting People in Control’ award in 2006.
Steph was also awarded a national DfES ‘Actions Speak Louder’ Award for her work empowering children and then became involved on a national project for the DCFS. While on maternity leave with her daughter she set up Peterborough based company Bump, Birth & Beyond and trained to become an Antenatal, Birth & Postnatal Doula. She also trained as a FEDANT recognised Antenatal Educator, a hypnobirthing Practitioner and in infant massage. She teaches widely, including private classes as well as on behalf of Childrens Centre’s and Peterborough City Hospital. Bump Birth & Beyond Ltd is now a leading antenatal & postnatal education provider in the East Midlands area.
Dean Beaumont specialises in working with expectant and new fathers, and is the founder of the award winning DaddyNatal and author of the best-selling book the ‘Expectant Dad’s hand- book’. Dean teaches DaddyNatal classes to expectant fathers in the Peterborough area, on behalf of Peterborough City Hospital, and also runs private classes throughout the East Midlands and London. He is often asked to speak at events, most recently at West Suffolk Hospital MSLC AGM and on the main stage at the BabyExpo in Brighton.
‘Antenatal Pioneer’ (Daily Mail) Dean is a regular contributor to features around the role of the man/father in the family and at birth. Dean frequently is asked for his expertise in this field, and recent appearances include Ch 5’s ‘The Wright Stuff’, BBC 1s ‘The One Show’, and various BBC/CH4 documentaries. Dean is also a regular guest on BBC Radio Scotland and has even been interviewed internationally, including for live radio in Australia.
Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.