Bringing Baby Home
A Workshop for Couples / Co-Parents
Having a baby changes everything.
Becoming a parent changes who we are and what is important to us.
Wouldn't it be amazing to know what to expect, to have tools to deal with the changes, and to have time set aside to understand our partner's needs and feelings?
The Gottman Institute's research-based Bringing Baby Home workshops prepare couples for life with a baby and help them be the best parenting team possible. In a relaxed and supportive environment, parents learn to strengthen their relationship and foster their baby’s development.
They build on what Dr. Gottman and colleagues found is the best predictor of marital adjustment after a new baby arrives: the quality of friendship in the marriage / relationship.
When babies grow up in a home with a positive, playful parenting team, they feel safe and nurtured and available to learn. They cry less, they smile more, and their parents' cooperation helps them to pay better attention during play time so that they get more out of it.
This parenting and relationship workshop is for couples who are thinking about having a baby, pregnant or parenting a child under the age of 3.
* Single parents are welcome to join with a designated co-parent
This workshop is dyadic!
While virtual, you will engage with your partner in all activities to gain practice together with new skills and tools. While in solidarity with other couples “live” online, think of this more as a small “couples retreat,” where you are both focused solely on each other.
There will be plenty of opportunity for couples to ask questions AND you will have total privacy when practicing the skills by simply turning off your video and sound for set amounts of time during the course. You will also be able to work on additional exercises at your own convenience between our sessions.
As a couple, you will experience more than 12 hours of learning and also engage in exercises and activities to:
Keep your relationship the priority.
Restore/ maintain friendship with your partner
Create more equality in parenting
Learn to effectively deal with conflict (gain research-based skills + practice using them!)
Increase relationship satisfaction
Transform fights into connection
Improved communication techniques
Set up your new family for healthy bonding long after the birth.
Recognize emotions in baby and what baby is communicating
Discussion and resources for postpartum mood issues
Reflect and discuss parenting roles, philosophies, and parenting as a team
Create a healthy social, emotional and intellectual development arena for your children
A video offering a brief description of the Bringing Baby Home program by Dr John Gottman (The Gottman Institute)
Benefits: The Research (a Summary)
Pls Note: the original research was conducted on those identifying as Fathers
After attending a Workshop:
Improved Child-Parent Relationship
Parents showed greater sensitivity and responsiveness to their babies’ signals (particularly true for fathers)
Babies smiled and laughed more during family play
Improved Infant Development & Temperament
Babies of parents who attended had lower rates of language delays.
Increased Co-Parent (Father) Involvement
Fathers in the study were more involved with parenting and also felt more appreciated for their parental contributions.
Improved the Quality of the Couple's Relationship
Couples reported higher levels of relationship stability and satisfaction.
Couples reported being able to resolve conflicts with less hostility
Decreased Rates of Depression and Anxiety
Birthing parents who attended had lower rates of postpartum depression, the baby blues and postpartum anxiety.
Fathers & other caregivers were also less likely to have symptoms of depression and anxiety
A video offering a very brief overview of the research behind the Bringing Baby Home program
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