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:




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.




Instructors: Shelly King, MA, LPC and Brooke Vanek, MA, LPC
Location: The Birth Center of Boulder; 2800 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304
Cost: $300 per couple (includes workbook and materials)
Dates: Saturdays October 8, 22, and 29
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 p.m each Saturday
Contact: Shelly King – 303.502.4867 or shellykingtherapy@gmail.com or Brooke Vanek – 720.277.6125 or bvanek@lunacounselingcenter.com
Information: For more information, please visit here.



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.

Land O’ Lakes

Instructors: Dr. Paula Nelson, LCSW, MCAP, CET
Location: 19337 Shumard Oak Drive, Suite 101-3, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638
Cost: $55 per class (includes materials). $30 discount if 6 week series is pre-paid.
Dates: Wednesday nights beginning in October; Oct 26th, Nov. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th, and Dec. 7th (no class on Thanksgiving week).
Time: 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Contact: Dr. Paula Nelson LCSW, MCAP, CET and certified Bringing Baby Home educator
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit here and click on “Workshops” for a registration form or call Dr. Nelson at 813-951-8889. You can also email via the website or paula@drpaulanelson.com.




Instructors: Tricia Anbinder, LCSW and Stephanie Cook, LCSW
Location: Druid Chase – 2801 Buford Highway, NE; Atlanta, GA 30329
Cost: $400 per couple including participant materials and refreshments throughout the day (Lunch is on your own)
Dates: January 7 & January 21, 2017 (both dates included in this 2-day workshop)
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Contact: Tricia Anbinder, LCSW and certified Bringing Baby Home™ educator or Stephanie Cook, LCSW and certified Bringing Baby Home™ educator
Information: For more information or to register, please visit here or email Tricia Anbinder, LCSW at tricia@triciaanbinder.com or Stephanie Cook, LCSW at stephanie@counselingatl.com

New York



Instructor: Chanel Dokun, M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy
Location: Carriage House Birth, 97 North 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Cost: $300/couple includes workbook, materials and snacks
Dates: October 1-2, 2016
Time: October 1, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and October 2, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Chanel Dokun, chanel@lifeplan.nyc or (845) 328-0324
Information: For more information and to register visit here.



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.
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



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.
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.




Instructor: Janie McMahan, MA, LMFT, Associate
Location: Norris Conference Center at Northcross Mall, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, #365, Austin, Texas 78757
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.


Instructor: Kim Jones, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed  Professional Counselor
Location: Bellaire Recreation Center 7008 5th St Bellaire, TX 77401
Cost: $245 per couple
Dates: January 14 & 15, 2017
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Information: For more information or to register, contact Kim Jones at 832-316-3982, or email her at kimjoneslpc@gmail.com


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.
October 22 & 23 (Early registration ends September 2, 2016)
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
October 29 & 30
December 3 & 4
January 7 & 8
March 25 & 26
Information: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. $150 per couple. For more information/to register please click here.





Instructor: Suzette Parker, BCC, CRC, MLT, Gottman Trained Educator
Location: Bellegrove OB/GYN
Date: and times:
Wednesdays Jan. 11, 18, 25 from 6-9pm
Wednesdays March 15, 22, 29 from 6-9pm
Cost: FREE for Microsoft employees or $225
Information: For more information or to register please visit here,


Instructor: Suzette Parker, BCC, CRC, MLT, Gottman Trained Educator
Location: ECF Event Center 127 10th St South, Suite 600 Kirkland, WA 98033
Date: and times:
Friday and Saturday Nov. 18th & 19th4-9pm both days
Cost: FREE for Microsoft employees or $225
Information: For more information or to register please visit here,


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.


Instructor: Thresholds – Amity Kramer
Location:  1817 Queen Anne Ave N. Suite 202, Seattle, WA
2016 Workshops
October 22 & 23
December 3 & 4
Time: 12pm – 7pm

2017 Workshops
January 28 & 29
February 25 & 26
March 25 & 26
April 29 & 30
May 27-28
Time: 9am – 5pm

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)
September 25 & October 2
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
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.


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.


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.



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/.

Ladner, B.C.


‘Strong Parents, Healthy Kids’
Instructor: Kathryn Barczi
Location: ‘Alongside You’ 203 – 4840 Delta Street Ladner, BC, V4K 2T6
Cost: $49.00/couple (CDN)
Dates: November 17, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Information: Click here to register.

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