Bringing Baby Home Workshop
Having children is an amazing gift, however it can take a toll on even the healthiest relationships. Research shows that within three years after the birth of a baby, approximately 2/3 of couples will experience a significant drop in relationship quality and have a dramatic increase in conflict and hostility.
Bringing Baby Home is an educational program for pregnant couples and families with children up to three years of age. It was designed and created by relationship experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, at The Relationship Research Institute in Seattle, Washington. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening the parental relationship.
The Gottman’s research demonstrates that when couples become parents, there is a significant decrease in their relationship satisfaction. Further research has shown that relationship discord and conflict have a profound negative effect on the couples’ infants and toddlers.
The Bringing Baby Home Program was developed in order to support families during this challenging, transitional time. Dr. Gottman’s research shows that couples who have participated in the program experience:
• A significantly lower rate of postpartum mood disorders and depression
• A decrease in relationship hostility
• A higher level of relationship satisfaction
• A decreased likelihood of divorce
The content of the program evolved from Dr. Gottman’s 40 years of marriage and family research and is designed to teach parents to:
• Increase friendship in their relationship
• Deal effectively with conflict
• Keep dads involved in infant care and parenting
• Improve the quality of parent–infant interaction
• Recognize the psychological and emotional needs of their child
• Co-Parent effectively
The Program also teaches ways to nurture the family environment through the toddler and preschool years. By supporting couples as they become parents, children benefit. By teaching couples how to build a strong emotional foundation in their family during the very early stages of a child’s life, children are raised in healthier environments. These benefits result in positive changes for families. Once this foundation is established in a family, research shows that children do better in school, adapt better socially, and are physically and emotionally healthier. (Cowan & Cowan, 1995; Gottman, 1999)
This is a workshop for new parents providing safeguards and support to couples in their transition to parenthood. In this workshop you’ll learn valuable skills needed to encourage healthy and supportive family relationships, the importance of sharing fondness and admiration, how to preserve intimacy and romance in relationships, and more!
Looking to maximize your relationship experience? Many couples engage in couples counseling to increase relationship satisfaction and learn practical techniques to feel successful in engaging in relationships in the future. Clients report feeling more confident about the way they respond to their partner and feel more assured about themselves.