Bringing Baby Home

Evidence-based guidance on making the transition from couple to family

You’ve chosen your birth team, your birth place, your birth plan. You’ve taken the classes and read the books that will prepare you for the transformative experience of childbirth. You’re ready to meet this baby! What happens after that?

New parenthood is a life-altering transition. It’s a sea change that most of us can’t fully understand until we’re in it. Finding your bearings as a family — adjusting to new rhythms of sleeping, eating, and relating to each other — is challenging at best. The combined effects of exhaustion and a steep learning curve can be disorienting and isolating, even for parents who eagerly anticipate their baby’s arrival. Recent studies have found that about 70% of new parents experience a sharp decrease in happiness in the first and second years after their babies are born. Why do some couples weather the storms when so many other couples flounder? The key is friendship.

Dr. John Gottman has spent his career studying what makes marriage work, and he has distilled his findings into clear, achievable steps that couples can take to improve the quality of friendship in their relationship. The Bringing Baby Home™ program shows expectant couples how to put these principles into practice and shore up their partnership as they embark on the voyage of parenthood.

Date Nights & Diapers: Partnership Skills For Parents

Babies are notoriously terrible roommates: they keep odd hours, they never clean up after themselves, and good luck getting their share of the rent. The mayhem they create has a way of turning their parents into roommates, too. How do you sidestep the pitfalls that come with this new territory?

In this 4 hour workshop based on Dr. Gottman’s research, you’ll get a roadmap for sustaining your relationship in the early years of parenthood:

  • How to talk so your partner will hear you, and vice versa
  • How to resolve the conflicts you can and move beyond the ones you can’t
  • How to keep the spark that brought you together alive through 3 a.m. feedings, diaper blowouts, and toddler tantrums

Who should take this class?

  • Couples considering parenthood
  • Expectant parents
  • New parents (babes in arms are welcome!)

What will you get out of this class?

  • Understand the research on how to foster baby’s social, emotional, and intellectual development
  • Create a strong foundation for building a family together
  • Be the best parenting team possible

In a comfortable, supportive space, you will learn how to deepen your connection to each other. With the right tools, you and your partner will make the transition to parenthood easier, healthier, and more satisfying for your whole family.

The greatest gift you can give your child is a strong relationship between the two of you. (Dr. John Gottman)

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