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



Little Rock

Instructors: 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
Information: Parents trying to conceive, expecting parents, parents of newborns & toddlers, or adoptive parents will all benefit tremendously from this workshop and are welcome at The Studio! Visit here for tickets and more information. Books and materials are provided as well as beverages and snacks. Babes in arms are welcome to
attend. Only 5 couples per workshop (and it fills up quickly) so reserve your spot well in advance!



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 6 & 7, 2018
Time: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Contact: Holly at
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. For more information, visit here.




Instructor: Janet McIlroy, M.A., CCT, ICCE, CD(DONA), Retired Nurse
Location: Florida — Jacksonville & Beaches
Dates: July 14, 21 & 28, 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Contact: Janet McIlroy at
Information: Classes held in a comfortable setting. Book and materials provided. Light refreshments offered. Dates and times are flexible upon request.




Instructor: 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 (from September 10 to October 1, 2018)
Time: Mondays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Contact: Amy Thames at (662) 518-1203 or
Information: Parents trying to conceive, expecting parents, parents of newborns & toddlers 3 and under, and adoptive parents will all benefit from this workshop. Books and materials are provided as well as beverages and snacks. Babes in arms (not yet crawling) are welcome. Limited to 5 couples per workshop so reserve your spot today! For more information visit here or here.




Instructor: DeAnn Jones, Ph.D
Location: 4649 Kimberwicke St.
Bozeman, MT 59718
Dates: October 6 & 13, 2018
January 5 & 12, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
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!




Instructor: Allison Burch and Bonnie Bartman, RN, MN/E, LCCE, IBCLC
Location: Unity Church of the Hills
9905 Anderson Mill Road
Unity Oaks Bldg, Room 204
Austin, TX 78750
Dates: August 3, 4 & 5, 2018
October 26, 27 & 28, 2018
Time: Friday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit here.




Instructor: Christa and John Paul Mantey
Location: Kirkland, WA
Date: November 4 & 11, 2018
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: (484) 431-4173 or
Information: FREE for Microsoft employees.

Instructor: Deborah Sleeman
Location: EvergreenHealth
12040 NE 128th St
Kirkland, WA 98034
Date: October 27 & November 3, 2018
Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: (425) 899-3000 or
Information: Babes in arms welcome. Cost reimbursed for eligible employees through Microsoft’s EAP. Register here.


Instructor: Amity Kramer
Location: North Seattle Family Center
2611 NE 125th St.
Suite 80
Seattle, WA 98125
August 25 & 26
September 22 & 23
October 20 & 21
November 17 & 18
December 15 & 16
January 19 & 20
February 23 & 24
February 24 & 25
March 24 & 25
March 30 & 31
April 21 & 22
May 26 & 27
June 23 & 24
July 14 & 15
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Contact: or (206) 819-1383
Information: To register, visit here. 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
916 NE 65th Street
Seattle, WA 98115
Dates: September 1 & 2, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm, plus one lunch hour and one hour of private consultation for you and your partner at my office, your home, or over Skype anytime in the first year of your baby’s life.
Contact: Dr. Ursula Hildebrandt at or (206) 409-2931
Information: Includes workshop, materials, and private consultation. For Microsoft employees, this class is covered by their EAP benefits. For those with Premera Blue Cross, this class is covered as a parenting education class. For more information, visit the website here.

Instructor: Katie Streit
Location: Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
Dates: September 15 & 22, 2018
October 27 & November 3, 2018
Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Information: To register, visit here. 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 visit here for more information and to register.




Fort McMurray

Instructor: Melissa Redden and Adewunmi Odetundun
Location: Repoll Centre at Shell Place
1 C.A. Knight Way
Fort McMurray, AB, Canada
Dates: August 25 & 26, 2018
November 17 & 18, 2018
February 23 & 24, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Melissa Redden at (780) 743-9225 ext. 8 or
Information: To register, please visit here and search ‘Bringing Baby Home’ for the next available workshop. Parents are welcome to bring babies not yet crawling.