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:

United States


Arkansas

Little Rock

Instructor: Stephanie Johnston, LCSW
Location: The Healing Arts Studio
14710 Cantrell Rd, Suite A7
Little Rock, AR 72223
Dates: Ongoing (Every first Saturday and Sunday of the month)
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Stephanie Johnston at (501) 902-5250 or stephanie@thestudiolr.space
Registration: Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome. To register, visit here.

District of Columbia

Washington

Instructor(s): Kim Hawley
Location: 3220 17th Street, NW, South Entrance – Suite #10
Washington, DC 20010
Dates:

  • February 3, 10, 17, 24
  • June 2, 9, 23, 30
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27

Times: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Contact: Kim Hawley at (202) 531-7830 or intuitiveparentingdc@gmail.com
Information: To register, visit here. Materials provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Florida

Tampa

Instructor(s): Megan Richardson, LMFT
Location: Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation
1112 W Platt St
Tampa, Fl 33606
Dates: September 14 & 15, 2019
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Megan at (813) 291-4975 or megan@thrivetherapyflorida.com
Information: To register, visit here. Free parking available. Materials provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Mississippi

Flowood

Instructors: Matthew Thames, M.A., LPC, certified Bringing Baby Home Instructor, and Amy Thames, Birth & Postpartum Doula, certified Bringing Baby Home Instructor
Location: The Shepherd’s Staff
200 Park Circle Drive, Suite 1
Flowood, MS 39232
Dates: Ongoing (Mondays from September 10 to October 1, 2018)
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Contact: Amy Thames at (662) 518-1203 or Amy@HelloBabyBirths.com
Information: Books, materials, and refreshments provided. Babies in arms (not yet crawling) are welcome. To register, visit here or here.

Oregon

Portland

Instructor(s): Wendy Scharp and Shawn Salter, MSW
Location: 5822 N. Greeley Ave
Portland, Oregon 97217
Dates:

  • March 23 & 24, 2019
  • May 18 & 19, 2019

Times: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Contact: Wendy Scharp at (503) 766-3495 or info@portlanddoulalove.com
Information: To register, visit here. Free parking available. Babies in arms welcome. Materials and refreshments provided. Scholarships available.

Texas

Austin

Instructor(s): Allison Burch, MLIS
Location: Sol Healing and Wellness Center
13805 Ann Place
Austin, TX 78728
Dates:

  • March 16 & 17, 2019
  • August 31 & June 1, 2019
  • November 2 & 3, 2019

Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Allison Burch at (512) 565-3617 or hello@allisonburch.com
Information: To register, visit here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Houston

Instructors: Bonnie Bartman, MS & Anne Wright, MS
Location: Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women
6651 Main St.
Houston, TX 77030
Dates:

  • February 23 & 24, 2019
  • March 16 & 17, 2019
  • April 13 & 14, 2019
  • May 18 & 19, 2019
  • July 13 & 14, 2019

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Call (832) 825-3276 (ext. 3) or learn@texaschildrens.org
Information: To register, visit here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Utah

Salt Lake City

Instructor: Jennifer Sorensen Whitaker
Location: The Birth Center
5089 S 900 E, Suite 201
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
Dates: ​February 23 – March 16, 2019 (Saturdays)
Times: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Contact: Jennifer Sorensen Whitaker at (801) 428-7296 or utahbirthsupport@gmail.com
Information: To register, visit here.

Washington

Kirkland

Instructor(s): Deborah Sleeman
Location: EvergreenHealth
Kirkland, WA
Dates: June 1 & 8, 2019
Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Deborah Sleeman at (425) 899-3000 or DESleeman@Evergreenhealth.com
Information: To register, visit here. Free parking available. Materials provided. Babies in arms welcome. Reimbursement available through Microsoft EAP.

Seattle

Instructor: Amity Kramer
Location: North Seattle Family Center
2611 NE 125th St, Suite 80
Seattle, WA 98125
Dates:

  • February 23 & 24, 2019
  • March 30 & 31, 2019
  • April 27 & 28, 2019
  • May 18 & 19, 2019
  • June 22 & 23, 2019
  • July 13 & 14, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Contact: amity@thresholds.info or (206) 819-1383
Information: Free Parking. Scholarships available and cost reimbursed for eligible employees through Microsoft’s EAP. Babies 7 months and under are welcome to attend. To register, visit here.

Instructor: Mindy McGovern
Location: 3414 1/2 Fremont Ave N, Suite D
Seattle, WA 98103
Dates: March 9 & 10, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Contact: Alina DeBellis at (206) 472-9297 or office@mettarel.com
Information: Materials and refreshments provided. Cost reimbursed for eligible employees through Microsoft’s EAP. Babies 7 months and under are welcome to attend. To register, visit here.

Instructor: Ursula Hildebrandt, PhD, MSW
Location: Kumon Learning Center, University Village
Seattle, WA 98105
Dates: Ongoing (First Saturday and Sunday of every month)
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Dr. Ursula Hildebrandt at developingfams@gmail.com or (206) 409-2931
Information: Free parking available. Materials provided. Babies in arms welcome. Scholarships available. Cost reimbursed for eligible employees through Microsoft’s EAP and Premera Blue Cross. To register, visit here.

Instructor: Katie Streit
Location: 4320 SW Hill St
Seattle, WA 98116
Dates: April 6 & April 13, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Katie Streit at 206-388-6756 or katie@parenting-together.com
Information: Parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome. Scholarships available. Cost reimbursed for eligible employees through Microsoft’s EAP. To register, visit here.

Instructor(s): Katie Streit
Location: 2200 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
Dates: February 23 & March 2
Times: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Contact: Katie Streit at (206) 388-6756 or katie@parenting-together.com
Information: To register, visit here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome. Scholarships and reimbursement available through Microsoft’s EAP.

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: To register, visit here.

Wisconsin

Appleton

Instructor(s): Gloria Jean Bannasch, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, CGT
Location: GJB Health Services
711 North Lynndale Drive, Suite 1-A
Appleton, Wisconsin 54914
Dates: April 20 & 21, 2019
Times: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Contact: Jillian Rotzenberg at (920) 560-4525 or jillianr.gjbhs@gmail.com
Information: To register, visit here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Canada


Alberta

Fort McMurray

Instructors: Melissa Redden and Adewunmi Odetundun
Location: Repoll Centre at Shell Place
1 C.A. Knight Way
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Dates: February 23 & 24, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Melissa Redden at (780) 743-9225 ext. 8 or m.redden@thehubfrc.ca
Information: Parents are welcome to bring babies not yet crawling. To register, visit here and search ‘Bringing Baby Home’ for the next available workshop.