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:


California

Danville

Instructors: Jennifer Campbell, LMFT and Lisa Thomson, LMFT
Location: Oak Hill Park (OHP) – 3005 Stone Valley Road Danville, CA 94526
Cost: $399 per couple including participant materials and refreshments throughout the day. (Lunch is on your own)
Dates: October 1 & 2 2016, November 5 & 6 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Contact: Lisa Thomson, LMFT and certified Bringing Baby Home™ educator or Jennifer Campbell, LMFT and certified Bringing Baby Home™ educator.
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit apm.activecommunities.com, or e-mail Lisa Thomson, LMFT or Jennifer Campbell, LMFT at activatecounseling@gmail.com.

San Jose

Instructors: Lara Elfstrand, M.A.
Location: San Jose, California – Hope Services, 30 Las Colinas Lane, San Jose, CA 95119
Cost: $250 per couple and includes couples workbook and all materials as well as light refreshments. (Dinner is potluck style.)
Dates: Tuesday nights in September or October, 2016 September 6, 13, 20, and 27 or October 4, 11, 18, and 25)
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Contact: Lara Elfstrand, M.A. Early Childhood Special Education and certified Bringing Baby Home™ educator.
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit www.little-elf.org, call Lara Elfstrand at 408-679-2220, or e-mail bbh@little-elf.org.


Florida

Fort Lauderdale

Instructors: April Eldemire, LMFT
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Nova Southeastern University
Cost: $299 per couple and includes couples workbook and all materials as well as light refreshments throughout the day. (Lunch is on your own)
Dates: September 17 & 18, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Program led by April Eldemire, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Bringing Baby Home™ educator.
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit www.couples-thrive.com, call April Eldemire at 954-654-9609, or e-mail her at april@couples-thrive.com.


Minnesota

St. Paul

Instructor: Jeanette Truchsess, RN, Ph.D.
Location: Carondelet Center of St. Catherine’s University, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Rm 200A, St. Paul, MN
Cost: Tuition is  $265 per couple, plus $30 for 150-page spiral-bound workbook and six card decks. This comes to about $10/hour for service per person—a deal! Babies up to 3 months are welcome.
Dates: Each training consists of two consecutive Sundays.
2016:
October 9 & October 16
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Contact: email: doctortruchsess@gmail.com, or call: 651-226-4704
Information: Click here for more information.


South Carolina

Greenville

Instructor: Susannah Baldwin, MEd, LPC
Location: St. Francis Eastside 125 Commonwealth Dr. Greenville 29615
Cost: Early Bird fee is $180 per couple before Sept 16, then $200 per couple; includes workbook, deck of cards, water and light snacks. Lunch is own your own.
Dates:
2016:
October 1 & October 2
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with 1 hour break for lunch)
Contact: email: Susannah@baylaureltherapy.com, or call: 864-513-1844
Information: Click here for more information.


Texas

Austin

Instructor: Janie McMahan, MA, LMFT, Associate
Location: Norris Conference Center at Northcross Mall, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, #365, Austin, Texas 78757
Dates:
October 8 & 15 (early registration ends 08/08/2016)
Information: Classes meet for two consecutive Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration fee includes workbook for each couple and snacks and beverages throughout the day. Lunch is on your own at nearby restaurants. Call 512-739-2494 to register or for more information, or click here.

Houston

Instructor: Brandi Tarver, LPC, LMFT, CGT
Location: University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058
Cost: Registration fee of $180 includes materials for the workshop. If you pre-register, the fee is $150. Lunch is on your own at nearby restaurants.
Dates:
2016:
October 22 & 23 (Early registration ends September 2, 2016)
2017:
February 18-19 (Early registration ends December 30, 2016) and July 15-16 (Early registration ends May 26, 2017).
Contact: Call 281-480-0200 or email Brandi.tarver@hotmail.com for more information or to register.
Information: Classes meets on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-3:30pm.*****

Instructor: Anne Wright, MSHRD
Location: Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, 6651 Main St., Houston, TX 77030
Dates:
2016:
October 29 & 30
Information: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. $150 per couple. For more information/to register please click here.

*****
Instructor:
 Bonnie Bartman, MNEd.
Location: Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, 6651 Main St., Houston, TX 77030
Dates:
2016:
August 27 & 28
December 3 & 4
Information: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. $150 per couple. For more information/to register please click here.

*****
Instructor: Kim Jones, MA, LPC Intern, LMFT Associate and Tricia Miller, MA, LPC Intern
Location: Bellaire Recreation Center, 7008 5th St, Bellaire, TX 77401
Cost: $245 per couple
Dates:
August 6 & 7 (9:00am – 4:00pm)
Contact: Kim Jones, call: 832-316-3982, or email: kimjoneslpc@gmail.com
Information: Free childcare is available during classes for children 3 months through kinder.


Virginia

Fairfax

Instructor: Grace Howarth, PhD
Location: Tepeyac Family Center, 11135 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Dates:
July 30 & August 6
Cost: $299 per couple (includes couples workbook, materials, and healthy snacks throughout the day)
Information: The workshop will be led by Dr. Grace Howarth, developmental psychologist and certified Bringing Baby Home educator.For more information or to sign up, please visit the Bringing Baby Home tab at http://www.goldenassessments.com or email Dr. Howarth at drhowarth@goldenassessments.com.


Washington

Duvall

Instructor: Georgie Coote CD (DONA)
Location: Studio Beju, 15630 Main St NE, Duvall, WA 98019
Dates:
October 1 & 2
Information: 9.30am to 4.30pm each day, $250 per couple includes workbook and materials. Babies 6 months and under are welcome. For more information and to register at http://www.georgiecoote.com. Questions?  email:  info@GeorgieCoote.com or call: (425) 417-0873.

Kirkland

Instructor: Deborah Sleeman
location: Evergreen Health
Date: and times:
Two consecutive Saturdays, 9:30am-4:30pm each day
October 22nd and 29th
Information: Cost is $150 and includes all materials. Babies in arms are welcomed. Cost reimbursed for eligible employees through Microsoft’s EAP. Register here, or by calling (425) 899-3000.

Seattle

Instructor: Thresholds – Amity Kramer
Location:  1817 Queen Anne Ave N. Suite 202, Seattle, WA
Dates:
August 27 & 28
September 17 & 24
October 22 & 23
December 3 & 4
Time: 12pm – 7pm
Information: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day unless otherwise specified, $250 per couple (includes materials) Scholarships available. Cost covered in full for Microsoft Employees. Babies 6 months and under may attend. Register at www.thresholds.info. Questions?  Contact Amity Kramer, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA) amity@thresholds.info.

*****

Instructor: Katie Stallman, LICSW, CGE
Location: Amara 5907 Martin Luther Way King Jr. South, Seattle, WA 98118
Cost: $300 (includes materials and snacks; lunch is on your own)
Dates:
September 25 & October 2
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Contact:
Email Katie@arborplacetherapy.com to register or call 206-240-4185 for more information
Information: Please note Katie facilitates this specialized version of the workshop for adoptive parents only. She has over 20 years of experience working with families and children impacted by adoption and foster care issues, has a practice in West Seattle focused on the needs of adopted children and their families, and also sees adult and adolescent clients through OA&FS Origins Therapy program.

*****

Instructor: Megan Slade, LMHC and Lesli Desai, LICSW
Location: Arts West Theatre in West Seattle (4711 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98116)
Cost: $120 per couple (includes workbook and materials)
Dates: August 13 & 14
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm each day
Contact:
For more information and to register, click here. Questions? Email megansladelmhc@gmail.com or call (206) 707-9141.
Information: Can be taken during pregnancy or with newborn (pre-crawling baby).

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.


Australia

Sydney, New South Wales

Instructor: Kylie-Jo Elliott
Location: Holiday Inn, Potts Point, 203 Victoria Street, Potts Point New South Wales 2011
Dates: August 27 – 28
Information: For more information, click here or email admin@relationshipinstitute.au.

Brisbane, Queensland

Instructor: Kylie-Jo Elliott
Location: Royal on the Park, Brisbane City, 152 Alice St, Brisbane Queensland 4000
Dates: October 15 -16
Information: For more information, click here or email admin@relationshipinstitute.au.


CANADA

Mission, B.C.

Instructor: Katy Johnson, Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: Mission Midwifery
Dates: Monday evenings, see below
Information: Monday evenings from 6-8 at Mission Midwifery in Mission, British Columbia, Canada.  Interested couples can visit bringingbabyhomefv.com for details an class dates.  Cost of the class is $225 for a the six-week Bringing Baby Home class, or $40 per couple for individual classes.  The course outline can be found here: http://bringingbabyhomefv.com/about-bringing-baby-home/course-outline/.

North Vancouver, B.C.

Instructor: Domenica Mastromatteo, Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: Midwifery Care North Shore
Dates: Tuesday evenings, biweekly
Information: Interested couples can visit sensationalchildren.ca/Sensational_Children/Bringing_Baby_Home.html for details. Register at: sensationalchildren.ca/Sensational_Children/Upcoming_Events.html