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

 

Chico

Instructors: Shrija Dirghangi, PhD, certified Bringing Baby Home Educator and Shelley Hart, Phd, certified Brining Baby Home Educator
Location: BMU Auditorium, CSU Chico campus
Dates: August 19 & August 26, 2017
Time: 10am to 4pm
Contact: Shrija Dirghangi at or sdirghangi@csuchico.edu
Information: Please contact us via email for additional details.

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: October 21-22, 2017
Time: 9:30am- 6:00pm
Contact: Holly Bennett at (714) 432-9856 or holly@pathways2wellness.com
Information: pathways2wellnness.com

Lodi

Instructors: Dr. Kristina Dulcey-Wang & Dr. Meridee Wilson
Location: Lodi, California
Dates: September 29 – October 1
Time: 9:00 – 4:00 each day
Contact: Kristina Dulcey-Wang at or dr.dulceywang@gmail.com
Information: More information and registration link at: drkristinadulceywang.com

San Francisco

Instructor: Jami Grich, PhD, Clinical Psychologist & certified Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: Community Well: 78 Ocean Ave, San Francisco (Outer Mission)
Cost: Sliding scale of $250-$500
Dates: 4 July 15-16 & October 14-15
Time: 9am-5pm
Contact: Jami Grich at (615) 293-2301 or jamigrich@gmail.com
Information: Visit DrJamiGrich.com and click the Bringing Baby Home tab under Workshops

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)
Cost: $250 per couple and includes couples workbook and all materials as well as light refreshments (some scholarships available… contact bbh@little-elf.org)
Dates:
Weekend Series
Saturday & Sunday
August 12-13, 2017 OR
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 www.little-elf.org or call Lara Elfstrand at (408) 679-2220, or e-mail her at bbh@little-elf.org.

Colorado

 

Boulder

Instructor: Shelly King, MA, LPC
Location: The Birth Center of Boulder; 2800 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304
Cost: $300/couple includes workbook and materials – Register by Saturday September 23rdto receive 10% off!
Dates: Two day workshop- Saturdays October 7th and 14th
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, Colorado
Cost: $320 per couple and early-bird registration through 9/20/17 of $275 (includes couples workbook and light refreshments)
Dates:
August 26-27, 2017
October 21-22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (1 hour break for lunch)
Contact: Elisabeth Cross at (720)295-7887 or ecrosscounseling@gmail.com
Information: For more information, or to sign up, please visit relationshipinstitute.org

Louisville

Instructors: Shelly King, MA, LPC and Brooke Vaken, MA, LPC.
Location: Louisville Chiropractic; 544 Front Street, Louisville, CO 80027
Cost: $300 per couple, includs workbook and other materials. Register by Sunday July 2nd to receive 10% off!
Dates: Sundays July 16th & 23rd
Time: 9am-4pm (1 hour break for lunch)
Contact: Shelly King at (303) 502-4867 or shellykingtherapy@gmail.com
Information: For more information, visit www.shellykingtherapy.com or check us out on Facebook


Connecticut

 

Darien

Instructor: Margaret Marshall, Founder, Designing Motherhood, certified Bringing Baby Home EducatorTM
Location: YWCA, Darien, CT
Cost: $1200 per couple (includes all materials and light refreshments)
Dates:
August 5-6
September 16-17
October 7-8
Time: 11am-5pm
Contact: Margaret Marshall at (203) 424-1530 or margaret@designingmotherhood.com
Information: Weekend workshops are limited to six (6) people. Infants welcomed. Couples are encouraged to make a getaway weekend out of the experience!
Early Bird Discount- $100 book by July 8, August 26, September 23. Registration closes July 28, September 8, September 29. Looking for a private workshop? Contact Designing Motherhood to arrange www.designingmotherhood.com


Florida

 

Davie

Instructor: April Eldemire, LMFT, Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: Nova Southeastern University, Davie FL
Cost: $299 per couple and includes couples workbook, light refreshments and a BONUS check-in session post-baby with a certified Bringing Baby Home Educator.
Dates: March 18 & 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Contact: Program led by April Eldemire, a certified Bringing Baby Home™ and expert couples therapist
Information: For more information or to sign up, please call April Eldemire at (954) 654-9609 or email  april@couples-thrive.com.

Land O’ Lakes

Instructor: 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: September 13
Time: 6:30PM to 8:00PM
Contact: Dr. Paula Nelson LCSW, MCAP, CET and certified Bringing Baby Home educator
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit here or call Dr. Nelson at 813-951-8889. You can also email via the website or paula@drpaulanelson.com.


Montana

 

Bozeman

Instructor: DeAnn Jones
Location: Dino Drop-in 928 N. 22nd Ave. Bozeman, Montana
Cost: $250/couple (includes workbook, activity cards, door prizes, & refreshments).
Dates: 
September 9 & 23, 2017
October 7 & 14, 2017
November 4 & 18, 2017
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM with a one hour lunch on your own.
Contact: For more information email BringingBabyHome406@gmail.com
Information: Lap babies welcome! Fridge and microwave available.


North Carolina

 

Charlotte

Instructor: Faith Drew, Ph.D, LMFT, Gottman Certified Therapist
Location: Hilton Garden Inn SouthPark in Charlotte, NC
Cost: $400/couple.
Dates: October 21 & 22, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Contact: For more information email info@dbpsychotherapy.com
Information: For expectant & new parents. Infants under 6 months are welcome to attend: bring a tummy mat, baby swing, and carrier for comfort. The workshop is designed to be interactive and allow you to connect with your partner and baby. For more information and how to book a hotel room at our blocked room rate, click on our website.


Oregon

 

Lake Oswego

Instructor: Miranda Clark, LPC
Location: 15110 Boones Ferry Rd. Suite 150, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Cost: $250 per couple. Includes workbook, materials, and light
refreshments throughout the workshop. Lunch is on your own.
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: 
August 4, 5, & 6
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: 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: 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
Cost: $150 per couple
Dates:
August 12 & 13
October 28-29
December 9-10
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
Contactlearn@texaschildrens.org.
Information: For more information/to register please click here.


Utah

 

Salt Lake City

Instructor: Jennifer Sorensen Whitaker, Adv CD(DONA), BFW Mentor
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: $125-$175 per couple
Dates: Four Saturdays:
August 12, August 19, August 26, & September 2
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Contact:utahbirthsupport@gmail.com
Information: For more information or to register visit utahbirthsupport.com/bringing-baby-home/


Virginia

 

McLean

Instructor: Grace Howarth, PhD, certified Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: NOVA Natural Birth Center, 4200 Technology Court, Suite A, Chantilly, VA 20151
Cost: $299 per couple – includes ocuples workbook and all materials as well as light refreshments
Dates:
August 5 and August 12, 2017
November 11 and November 18, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm with an hour break for lunch
Contact:Dr. Christine Golden at drgolden@goldenassessments.com 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.


Washington

 

Kirkland

Instructor: Deborah Sleeman
Location: EvergreenHealth, Kirkland
Date:
October 28th & November 4th
Times: 9:30am-4:30pm each day
Cost: $150 and includes all materials.
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:
September 22-23, 2017 – Kirkland
October 6-7, 2017 – Redmond (Fit4Mom)
November 17-18, 2017 – Kirkland
Time: 2pm-8pm both days
Cost: $250 FREE for Microsoft employees. Your benefits cover the workshop! Just follow the directions on the registration page.
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!

Seattle

Instructor: Thresholds – Amity Kramer
Location:  2611 NE 125th St. Suite 80 Seattle, 98125
Dates:
2017 Workshops
July 22 & 23
August 19 & 20
September 16 & 17
October 14 & 15
November 11 & 12
December 9 & 10
January 20 & 21, 2018
Time: 9am – 5pm
Contact: amity@thresholds.info
Information: Register at www.thresholds.info. Questions? Contact Amity Kramer, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA) amity@thresholds.info. $150 deposit required. Workshop covered for Microsoft employees. To save your space in class call Wellspring EAP and let them know what class you registered for. This is a family friendly classroom designed for comfort. 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
Cost: $300/couple (scholarships available)
Dates:
Oct 7-8, 2017
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 developingfams@gmail.com, or 206-409-2931.
Information: For more information visit the website developingfamilies.com.
*****

Instructors: Lesli Desai, LICSW, Megan Slade, LMHC, & Mary Dodge, LMFT
Location: Fauntleroy Church in West Seattle
Cost: $175/ couple, includes workbook and materials.
Dates: September 23rd & 30th
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Contact: transitiontoparenting@gmail.com
Information: Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. This workshop can be taken during pregnancy or with your newborn (before crawling) baby. This program is designed to give you the skills and information to recognize and successfully cope with the normal stressors of becoming a family. transitiontoparenting.org

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

 

Milwaukee

Instructor: Bonnie Leggo, LCSW, CSAC & Certified Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: Well Raounded Maternity Center, 2455 S. Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Cost: $150 per couple and includes couples workbook and all materials, as well as light refreshments(some scholarships available)
Dates: Weekend Series:
Sundays, August 13 & 20, 2017
Time: 8:00AM-4:00PM. Class will start promptly at 8:30AM
Contact:Call Bonnie at (262) 289-5081 or email her at Bonnie@NewGrowthThroughChange.com
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit NewGrowthThroughChange.com, call or email


Australia

 

New South Wales

Naremburn, New South Wales

Instructor: Nicola Hensler
Location: Naremburn, Australia
Dates:  September 2 and 9, 2017
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Nicola Hensler at (02) 8425 8700
Information: Hosted by CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay at the Naremburn Family Centre. A free program for new or expectant parents.


Canada

 

Alberta

Fort McMurray

Instructor: Melissa Redden, certified Bringing Baby Home Program educator
Location: Heritage Village, 1 Tolen Drive, Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada
Dates:  September 9-10, 2017
Time: 9:30 am-3:30 pm, including a 45 minute lunch break
Cost: Free for residents of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Contact: Melissa Redden 780-743-9225 or m.redden@thehubfrc.ca
Information: To register, click here.
****

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
Cost: Free for residents of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Contact: Melissa Redden 780-743-9225 or m.redden@thehubfrc.ca
Information: To register, click here.


Nova Scotia

Hunts Point, Nova Scotia

Instructor: Dr. Susie McAfee, Registered Psychologist
Location: White Point Beach Resort, Nova Scotia, Canada
Dates:  October 21-22, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm both days
Contact: newparents.bbh@gmail.com
Information: Join us for the ULTIMATE BABYMOON! Over two days, you and your partner will complete the research-based Bringing Baby Home Program (BBH). These 12-hours of psychological prenatal care will take place in the beautiful fall setting of White Point Beach, Nova Scotia. Your package includes one nightaccommodation in a private cottage, all meals, snacks, full use of the facilities, and a bonfire marshmallow roast. Please contact newparents.bbh@gmail.com for pricing and details.


Ontario

Windsor, Ontario

Instructor: Jessica Swabey, MA, CCC, Certified Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: Ojibway Nature Center, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON (Free Parking).
Dates:  September 23 & September 24
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm (with a 1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $225 per couple. Includes participant materials and light refreshments. Lunch is on your own
Contact: Jessica Swabey, MA, CCC, Certified Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator
Information: For more information contact Jessica Swabey Family Counselling at 519-915-8383 or visit here.


Costa Rica

 

San Jose

Instructor: Jessica Swabey, MA, CCC, Certified Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Dates:  July 15 & July 16
Time: 9am – 5pm
Cost: $250
Contact: Contact Emilia Malavassi at (506)7012-3130 or info@creciendoenpareja.com
Information: 100% in Spanish


Mexico

 

San Pedro Garza Garcia

Instructor: Dr. Vanessa Flores Cortés
Location: Hotel Holiday Inn Suites Vasconcelos. San Pedro Garza García, México
Dates:  September 2nd and 9th
Time: 9am – 3pm
Contact: Contact Vanessa Flores Cortés at (81)21380553 or bbh.mty@gmail.com