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Then Comes Baby

Then Comes Baby

The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood 

Author: Gregory K. Popcak

Author: Lisa Popcak

Price: $16.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 288

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-411-5

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: November 3, 2014

More Family and Parenting, Marriage and Relationships, Spirituality


Greg and Lisa Popcak—popular Catholic authors, radio hosts, and marriage and family experts—present this unique guide to caring for one’s baby, self, marriage, and spiritual life in the first three years of parenthood.

In Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood, Greg and Lisa Popcak lend readers the benefit of their twenty-five years’ experience in parenting and marriage and family counseling to help them navigate the earliest years of parenthood. They recommend rituals, routines, and tips on how to manage feeding, fatigue, and finances and how also to prioritize marital bonding and faith life, suggesting that setting the pattern early will pay dividends later. The Popcaks coach Catholic couples as they become first-time parents as they adjust to their new identities and help them face the inevitable challenges of parenthood with ideas for bonding with babies and getting sufficient sleep and nutrition—all while seeing these everyday experiences through the lens of Catholic teaching on the purpose of family life.

 Features & Benefits

  • First book to present a Catholic approach to becoming parents through a mix of counseling expertise, Church teaching, and good humor.
  • The Popcaks are well-known nationally syndicated radio hosts and have authored more than a dozen books on marriage and family life.
  • Authors founded and direct the Pastoral Solutions Institute as well as the Catholic Attachment Parenting Corner. 


"Extremely useful in learning how to be the parents God has called you to be."

"Then Comes Baby is a delightful book for new Catholic parents, full of personal anecdotes and wonderful insights. But most of all, the advice and encouragement you will find is extremely useful in learning how to be the parents God has called you to be. What we like best about this book is that it addresses the new mom and the new dad with equal emphasis. Husbands and wives are together called to build a healthy Catholic family by having a strong faith walk. This book tells them what works when both parents, together, are uniquely aware of the design God intends for families when Baby comes."

Dr. William and Martha Sears
Co-authors of The Baby Book and The Attachment Parenting Book

"Solid, hands-on help and rich Catholic guidance."

"Then Comes Baby provides solid, hands-on help and rich Catholic guidance for parents on how to love their child deeply as they strengthen their love for each other. This book will help them become holy families."

Most Reverand Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

"Greg and Lisa Popcak show you how to open to that love."

"God wants to fill the hearts of families with the fire of his love. Greg and Lisa Popcak show you how to open to that love through all the joys and challenges of welcoming a new baby. If family life is a gift, Then Comes Baby shows you how to unwrap and celebrate that gift in all its forms."

Christopher West
Author of Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing

"Wise and practical guide."

“Greg and Lisa Popcak remind us that in spite of our fears, God invites us to do the most important work in building a good and holy world: raising children. This wise and practical guide will help parents navigate the sometimes challenging, often uplifting work of parenting babies. More importantly, it will remind them to love every minute of it!”

Tim and Sue Muldoon
Authors of Six Sacred Rules for Families

"A practical vision of family life."

"Then Comes Baby will help every parent rejoice in both the gift of new life and all the blessings and changes that come with it. The Popcaks articulate a practical vision of family life that is deeply faithful, extravagantly loving, and incredibly joyful. You can create the family your heart desires. This book will show you how."

Damon Owens
Executive Director, Theology of the Body Institute

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