Your pregnant partner is going through a lot, and is keenly interested in what's happening to her. But you? You probably aren't making much headway through that stack of pregnancy books on her nightstand. While you aren't necessarily required to study up, keep in mind that you'll be a lot more engaged as a husband and father-to-be if you feel like you know what's going on. We have some quick reads on the site about what the first few months are like once the baby's born, and what to do with a helpless newborn.
Most men today want to be more involved fathers than that guy behind the newspaper a generation ago (and if you don't, you may be watching too much Mad Men). You're not alone on the frontier though: there are lots of fathers sharing their experiences in different media now. Many guys are managing to be engaged dads while working full-time. And the increasing number of men choosing to stay home with their kids, at least for a while, are forging a new role for fathers enjoying being with their kids full-time. Books by dads about bonding with your baby have appeared in the past few years. Online, there are dad blogs, community boards, websites and video blogs. This is an amazing time to be a dad, because you can be whatever kind of father you want to be, and have fun with it.
And the next generation, having been raised by today's parents, will be happier people for it.