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:


California

 

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
Dates:
February 10 & 11, 2018
June 2 & 3, 2018
October 6 & 7, 2018
Time: 9:30am- 6:00pm
Contact: holly@pathways2wellness.com
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. pathways2wellnness.com

San Jose

Instructor: Lara Elfstrand, MA Early Childhood Special Education & certified Bringing Baby Home educator
Location: See website for class locations!
Dates:
Saturday & Sunday:
February 3-4, 2018
Wednesday Series:
January 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2018
Time: See website for class times.
Contact: Lara Elfstrand at (408) 679-2220, or e-mail her at bbh@little-elf.org.
Information: For more information or to sign up, please go to www.little-elf.org. Some scholarships available.

Colorado

 

Boulder

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 shellytherapy@gmail.com
Information: For more information, or to sign up, please visit www.shellykingtherapy.com or www.facebook.com/bringingbabyhomeboulder

Lone Tree

Instructor: Elisabeth Cross, MA, Therapist and Certified Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: Lone Tree, CO
Dates: Mondays starting February 12- March 19, 2018
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Contact: Elisabeth Cross at 720-295-7887 or ecrosscounseling@gmail.com
Information: Registration closes Friday, February 2nd. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, please visit www.relationshipinstitute.org.


Montana

 

Bozeman

Instructor: DeAnn Jones, Ph.D
Location: 4649 Kimberwicke St. Bozeman, Montana
Dates:
January 6th and 13th, 2018
April 7th and 14th, 2018
July 7th and 14th, 2018
October 6th and 13th, 2018
January 5th and 12th, 2019
Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Contact: For more information email BringingBabyHome406@gmail.com
Information: Free childcare for the 1st six children of parents who sign up. Newborns and lap babies welcome to be with parents during the workshop. Fridge and microwave and
other comforts of home available. Great door prizes too!


North Carolina

 

Asheville

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

Chapel Hill

Instructor: Megan Stauffer and Lauren Formy-Duval
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Date: January 21st and 28th, 2018
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Contact: Megan Stauffer at (919) 259-5700 or megstauffer23@gmail.com
Information: Workshop will take place at the Ronald McDonald House

Morissville

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


Oregon

 

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 miranda.livinggroove@gmail.com
Information: Click here for more details.


Texas

 

Austin

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
Dates: 
October 27, 28, & 29
Time:
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 www.allisonburch.com or call Allison Burch at (512) 565-3617 or email at Lap babies welcome! Fridge and microwave available.

Houston

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

Plano

Instructor: Mark Cagle, LPC
Location: Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Plano/Richardson, Plano, TX
Dates:
January 26th and 27th, 2018
February 24th and 25th, 2018
Time:  See website for class times
ContactMark.Cagle@MindfulLifeCounseling.net.
Information: For more information/to register please click here.


Virginia

 

Richmond

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


Washington

 

Kirkland

Instructor: Deborah Sleeman
Location: EvergreenHealth, Kirkland
Date:
February 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: 6 pm – 9 pm
Contact: DESleeman@EvergreenHealth.com
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
Dates:
November 17-18, 2017 – Kirkland
Time: 2pm-8pm both days
Contact: coachsuzette@gmail.com 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 christa.mantey@gmail.com
Information: FREE for Microsoft employees.
*****

Instructors: Laine Walsh
Location: Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland WA 98034
Dates:
March 3rd and 10th
April 7th and 14th
July 14th and 21st
Time: 8:30am-4:00pm
Contact: (425) 587-3360 or Elainelynn@gmail.com or (425) 269-4806
Information: Babies 3 months and younger are welcome. Workshop covered by EAP for Microsoft employees. Advance registration is required. Register here!
*****

Instructors: Rebecca Blankinship
Location: Kirkland, WA
Dates:
February 3rd and February 11th
March 17th and March 24th
April 28th and April, 29th
May 5th and May 12th
Time: See website for workshop times.
Contact: (360) 708-8519 or contact@mamanunu.com
Information: Early bird discount is available. Scholarships are also available (please
email Rebecca, contact@mamanunu.com, to inquire). This research-based Gottman Workshop is FREE for Microsoft employees with EAP benefits. Not a Microsoft employee? Inquire with your benefits department to see if your company will cover this workshop. Register at mamanunu.com.

Seattle

Instructor: Thresholds – Amity Kramer
Location:  2611 NE 125th St. Suite 80 Seattle, 98125
Dates:
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: amity@thresholds.info or 206-819-1383.
Information: Register at www.thresholds.info. 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
Dates:
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 developingfams@gmail.com, or 206-409-2931.
Information: For Microsoft employees, this class is covered by their EAP benefits. For more information visit the website developingfamilies.com.
*****

Instructor: Lesli Desai and Megan Slade
Location: 9140 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126
Dates:
January 20th and 27th
March 3rd and 10th
May 5th and 17th
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Contact: Contact us at transitiontoparenting@gmail.com.
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 www.transitiontoparenting.org.
*****

Instructor: Katie Streit
Location: Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
Dates:
January 27 and February 3, 2018
April 21 and April 28, 2018
June 2 and June 16, 2018
September 15 and September 22, 2018
October 27 and November 3, 2018
Time: 8:30am -3:30pm
Contact: katie@parenting-together.com .
Information: Register at www.parenting-together.com. Pay what you can. Workshops take place in a welcoming space with a children’s room for babies to play and nap. All families are welcome. My goal is to make these workshops as accessible as possible to families, especially those in South Seattle and South King County.

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.


Wisconsin

 

Appleton

Instructor: Gloria Bannasch, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, CGT
Location: GJB Health Services
711 North Lynndale Drive, Suite 1-A
Appleton, Wisconsin 54914
Date:
May 5 & 6, 2018
Times: 8:30am- 5:30pm
Contact: Call (920) 560-4525 or email Gloria at gjbhealthservices@gmail.com
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.


Canada

 

Alberta

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 m.redden@thehubfrc.ca
Information: To register, click here.