Bringing Baby Home

Even the strongest relationships are strained during the transition to parenthood. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework and new fiscal concerns can lead to profound stress and a decline in marital satisfaction – all of which affect baby’s care. Not surprisingly, 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment and hurt feelings.

Our research-based Bringing Baby Home workshops prepare couples for life with baby and helps them be the best parenting team possible. In a relaxed and supportive environment, parents learn to strengthen their relationship and foster baby’s development during this challenging time. They build on what Dr. Gottman and colleagues found is the best predictor of marital adjustment after baby arrives: the quality of friendship in the marriage.

This workshop combines scientific research and public education to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. It teaches new parents how to gain relationship satisfaction and create healthy social, emotional and intellectual development for their children. Click here to learn more about Dr. Gottman’s parenting research.

Upcoming New Parents Workshops presented by Bringing Baby Home Educators:



Costa Mesa

Instructors: Stephenie Champlin, LCSW and Regina Collins, LMFT
Location: Pathways to Wellness
3505 Cadillac Ave
Building O Suite 109
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
February 10 & 11, 2018
June 2 & 3, 2018
October 6 & 7, 2018
Time: 9:30am- 6:00pm
Information: Designed for both pregnant and new parents, the Bringing Baby Home Program will give you skills and information to recognize and cope successfully with the normal stressors of becoming a family.

San Jose

Instructor: Lara Elfstrand, MA Early Childhood Special Education & certified Bringing Baby Home educator
Location: ConnectEd, 1118 Meridian Ave., San Jose 95125 (near Yum Yum Donuts)
Weekend Series
Saturday & Sunday
November 4-5, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 4 PM. Bring your own breakfast to eat together from 8:30-9AM, and class time will start promptly at 9 AM.
Contact: Lara Elfstrand, MA Early Childhood Special Education & certified Bringing Baby Home educator
Information: For more information or to sign up, please go to or call Lara Elfstrand at (408) 679-2220, or e-mail her at scholarships available… contact




Instructor: Shelly King, MA, LPC
Location: The Birth Center of Boulder; 2800 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304
Dates: Two day workshop
Saturdays January 6th & 13th
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch
Contact: Shelly King , (303) 502-4867 or
Information: For more information, or to sign up, please visit or




Instructor: DeAnn Jones
Location: Dino Drop-in 928 N. 22nd Ave. Bozeman, Montana
November 4 & 18, 2017
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM with a one hour lunch on your own.
Contact: For more information email
Information: Lap babies welcome! Fridge and microwave available.

North Carolina



Instructor: Sarah B. Raines
Location: Sarah B. Raines Counseling, 390 Merrimon Avenue Asheville, NC 28801
November 4 & 11, 2017
January 20 & 27, 2018
February 17 & 24, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Contact: Sarah B. Raines, LPCA, NCC, CCMC (828)280-6391 or
Information: For more information please visit


Instructor: Sarah M. Whitmire, PhD, LMFT, LPC, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Location: Charlotte, NC
Dates: November 4 & 5, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Contact: For more information email
Information: This workshop teaches parents how to: maintain relationship satisfaction after having a baby, enhance communication, manage conflict, foster positive parent-baby connection, enhance quality involvement of both parents, and reduce incidence or severity of post-partum mood disorders. For more information please visit website.


Instructor: Keisha Bryan, LCSW, LCAS
Location: Hyatt House Raleigh Durham Airport Hyatt House RDU,
10962 Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville NC 27560
Saturday December 2 & Sunday December 3, 2017
Saturday February 24 & Sunday February 25, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Contact: For more information contact Keisha Bryan at 919-520-9392 or
Information: Visit website for more information.



Lake Oswego

Instructor: Miranda Clark, LPC
Location: 15110 Boones Ferry Rd. Suite 150, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Dates: Sunday’s October 22th and 29th
Time: 9am-4pm
Contact: For more information email
Information: Click here for more details.




Instructor: Allison Burch, certified Bringing Baby Home educator and Bonnie Bartman, RN, MN/E, LCCE, IBCLC
Location: Unity Church of the Hills, Unity Oaks Bldg, Room 204, 9905 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas, 78750
October 27, 28, & 29
Friday night: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, all day: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday afternoon: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Contact: Allison Burch, certified Bringing Baby Home educator
Information: For more information or to sign up, please go to or call Allison Burch at (512) 565-3617 or email at Lap babies welcome! Fridge and microwave available.


Instructor: Anne Wright, MSHRD & Bonnie Bartman, MS
Location: Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, 6651 Main St., Houston, TX 77030
October 28-29
December 9-10
January 27-28
March 10 – 11
April 14-15
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
Information: For more information/to register please click here.




Instructor: Grace Howarth, PhD, certified Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: NOVA Natural Birth Center, 4200 Technology Court, Suite A, Chantilly, VA 20151
November 18 & 19, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm with an hour break for lunch
Contact:Dr. Christine Golden at or (571) 234-1057.
Information: For more information or to register, please visit the Golden Assessments website goldenassessments.comand click on the Brining Baby Home tab.


Instructor: Sarah Kindig, LPC, RPT
Location: Richmond, VA
January 20 & 21
March 17 & 18
June 23 & 24
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Contact: .
Information: For more information, please visit




Instructor: Deborah Sleeman
Location: EvergreenHealth, Kirkland
October 28th & November 4th
Times: 9:30am-4:30pm each day
Information: Babes in arms welcome. Cost reimbursed for eligible employees through Microsoft’s EAP. Register here or by calling (425) 899-3000.

Instructors: Dave & Suzette Parker
Location: ECF Event Center, Kirkland, WA
November 17-18, 2017 – Kirkland
Time: 2pm-8pm both days
Contact: or (425) 269-4806
Information: ONE TICKET includes all fees, the Deluxe Materials Kit for two, plus 2 fun evenings of interactive learning for you and your partner. Microsoft Employee benefits pay for this workshop. Infants welcome. Limited space. Register Soon!

Instructor: Christa and John Paul Mantey
Location: Kirkland, WA
Date: November 4th and 11th
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: (484) 431-4173 or
Information: FREE for Microsoft employees.


Instructor: Thresholds – Amity Kramer
Location:  2611 NE 125th St. Suite 80 Seattle, 98125
2017 Workshops
November 11 & 12
December 9 & 10
2018 Workshops
January 20 & 21
February 24 & 25
March 24 & 25
April 21 & 22
May 26 & 27
June 23 & 24
July 14 & 15
Time: 9am – 5pm
Contact: or 206-819-1383.
Information: Register at Scholarships available, all families welcome. Free Parking. Workshop covered for Microsoft employees. This is a family friendly classroom that includes a kitchen, and lots of soft places to sit. Babies 7 months and under are welcome to attend.

Instructor: Ursula Hildebrandt, PhD, MSW
Location: The Dreamclinic
Roosevelt/Ravenna, 916 NE 65th
Street, Seattle WA 98115
Nov 4-5, 2017
Dec 2-3, 2017
Jan 6-7, 2018
Feb 3-4, 2018
March 3-4, 2018
April 7-8, 2018
May 5-6, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm (hour lunch on your own)
Contact: Dr. Ursula Hildebrandt at, or 206-409-2931.
Information: For Microsoft employees, this class is covered by their EAP benefits. For more information visit the website

Instructor: Lesli Desai and Megan Slade
Location: 9140 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126
January 20th and 27th
March 3rd and 10th
May 5th and 17th
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Contact: Contact us at
Information: Babies 6 months and under encouraged to attend. We also offer a refresher course for all attendees – which is included in registration! Register at

Seattle / Edmonds / Issaquah

Instructors: Various
Location: Swedish Medical Center campuses (First Hill, Ballard, Edmonds, & Issaquah)
Dates: Ongoing (see Swedish Medical Center website for dates at specific locations)
Information: Please go to this link for more information and to register.




Instructor: Gloria Bannasch, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, CGT
Location: GJB Health Services
711 North Lynndale Drive, Suite 1-A
Appleton, Wisconsin 54914
May 5 & 6, 2018
Times: 8:30am- 5:30pm
Contact: Call (920) 560-4525 or email Gloria at
Information: We are limited to a maximum number of 8 couples for this workshop. The couples who have attended previous workshops have given us the feedback that they appreciate the smaller group size and “warm and inviting atmosphere at our facility. The deadline to register is May 1st, 2018.



New South Wales


Instructor: Nicola Hensler and Rebecca Healy
Location: Catholic Care Naremburn
Dates:  November 18th and 25th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Contact: or +61 2 8425 8700.
Information: This FREE two day course helps you to prepare for life with your baby. Discover how to be the best parenting team possible. Babies up to 4 months welcome to accompany their parents.




Fort McMurray

Instructor: Melissa Redden, certified Bringing Baby Home Program educator
Location: Repoll Centre at Shell Place, 1 C.A. Knight Way, Fort McMurray, AB
Dates:  November 18-19, 2017
Time: 9:30 am-3:30 pm, including a 45 minute lunch break
Contact: Melissa Redden 780-743-9225 or
Information: To register, click here.