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November 25, 1939

Getting Ready to be a Father

JAMA. 1939;113(22):1987. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800470063031

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This book, by the general director of the Maternity Center Association in New York, is dedicated to the men who attended the first class for expectant fathers at the Maternity Center Association. It is written in narrative form, describing what happens to the fetus from month to month, the processes of labor and the attitude of the husband toward these processes. It describes the choice of a doctor and of a hospital and also tells what to do about grandmothers and grandfathers and diapers. It tells how to build a crib at home and how to fix up a nursery. There is even complete information to help the father in nursing the baby in every way except by supply of breast milk. There are also pictures which might as well have been omitted for all that they teach. Intelligent men do not need books of this kind except for a

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