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


Arkansas

Little Rock

Instructor: 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 stephanie@thestudiolr.space
Registration: Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome. To register, click here.

California

San Jose

Instructor(s): Lara Elfstrand, MA ECSE
Location: ConnectEd, 1118 Meridian Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
Dates: May 24 – 26, 2019
Times:

  • Friday: 6:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Sunday: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Contact: Lara Elfstrand at (408) 679-2220 or lara@little-elf.org
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials provided and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome. Scholarships available.

District of Columbia

Washington

Instructor(s): Kim Hawley
Location: 3220 17th Street, NW, South Entrance – Suite #10
Washington, DC 20010
Dates:

  • June 2, 9, 23 & 30, 2019
  • October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2019

Times: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Contact: Kim Hawley at (202) 531-7830 or intuitiveparentingdc@gmail.com
Information: To register, click here. Materials provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Florida

Jacksonville

Instructor(s): Janet McIlroy, M.A., CCT, ICCE, BBHE, CD(DONA), (Retired) Nurse
Location: Jacksonville & Beaches
Dates:

  • April 20, 2019
  • April 27, 2019

Times: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Contact: Janet McIlroy at (904) 249-0261 or FirstCoastFam@aol.com
Information: To register, contact Janet McIllroy. Free parking available. Materials provided and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Tampa

Instructor(s): Megan Richardson, LMFT
Location: Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation
1112 W Platt St
Tampa, Fl 33606
Dates: September 14 & 15, 2019
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Megan at (813) 291-4975 or megan@thrivetherapyflorida.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials provided. Babies in arms welcome.

New Jersey

Toms River

Instructor(s): Richard Lill
Location: 802 Main St. Suite 1A
Toms River, NJ 08753
Dates: May 11 & 18. 2019
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Richard Lill at (732) 240-0509 or richardlill.lcsw@gmail.com
Information: To register, contact Richard Lill. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

New York

Amherst

Instructor(s): Nicole Brown, LCSW
Location: Explore What’s Next
1416 Sweet Home Rd, Suite 3
Amherst, NY 14228
Dates: May 4 & 11, 2019
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Nicole Brown at (917) 674-6742 or nicole.brown@explorewhatsnext.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials provided and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

North Carolina

Durham

Instructor(s): Lauren Formy-Duval, Psy.D. and Megan Stauffer, MSW, LCCE
Location: Nido Coworking and Childcare
902 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705
Dates: May 4 & 5, 2019
Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Megan Stauffer at (919) 259-5700 or megstauffer23@gmail.com
Information: To register, click here. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Lewisville

Instructor(s): Jennifer Locklear, LPC
Location: 6614 Shallowford Road Suite 250
Lewisville, NC 27023
Dates:

  • May 18 & 19, 2019
  • October 12 & 13, 2019

Times: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Contact: Amy Berry at (336) 945-0137 or amy@lewisvillefamilycounseling.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials provided and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Oregon

Portland

Instructor(s): Wendy Scharp and Shawn Salter, MSW
Location: 5822 N. Greeley Ave
Portland, OR 97217
Dates:

  • May 18 & 19, 2019
  • August 10 & 11, 2019
  • September 28 & 29, 2019
  • November 23 & 24, 2019

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Contact: Wendy Scharp at (503) 766-3495 or info@portlanddoulalove.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Babies in arms welcome. Materials and refreshments provided. Scholarships available.

Texas

Austin

Instructor(s): Allison Burch, MLIS
Location: Sol Healing and Wellness Center
13805 Ann Place
Austin, TX 78728
Dates:

  • August 31 & June 1, 2019
  • November 2 & 3, 2019

Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Allison Burch at (512) 565-3617 or hello@allisonburch.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Houston

Instructors: Bonnie Bartman, MS & Anne Wright, MS
Location: Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women
6651 Main St.
Houston, TX 77030
Dates:

  • May 18 & 19, 2019
  • July 13 & 14, 2019

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Call (832) 825-3276 (ext. 3) or learn@texaschildrens.org
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Instructor(s): Kimberly A Jones, MALMFT, LPC
Location: The Center for Postpartum Family Health
3418 Mercer, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77027
Dates: April 27 & 28, 2019
Times: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Contact: Kim Jones at (832) 316-3982 or kimjoneslpc@gmail.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.


Utah

Salt Lake City

Instructor: Jennifer Sorensen Whitaker
Location: The Birth Center
5089 S 900 E, Suite 201
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
Dates: November 2 – 23, 2019
Times: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Contact: Jennifer Sorensen Whitaker at (801) 428-7296 or utahbirthsupport@gmail.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome. Scholarships available. 

Washington

Bellingham

Instructor(s): Gina Eiford
Location: Bellingham, WA (See website for venues)
Dates:

  • June 1 & 8, 2019
  • July 13 & 14, 2019

Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Registration at (360) 752-8350 or registration@btc.edu
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome. Scholarships available.

Instructor(s): Lisa Follet
Location: 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Campus Center 115
Bellingham, WA 98225
Dates: Wednesdays from May 22 – June 26, 2019
Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Contact: (360) 752-8350 or registration@btc.edu
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome. Scholarships available.

Kirkland

Instructor(s): Deborah Sleeman
Location: EvergreenHealth
Kirkland, WA
Dates:

  • June 1 & 8, 2019
  • October 16, 23, 30, & November 6, 2019

Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Deborah Sleeman at (425) 899-3000 or DESleeman@Evergreenhealth.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials provided. Babies in arms welcome. Reimbursement available through Microsoft’s EAP.

Seattle

Instructor(s): Amity Kramer and Sarah Crane O’Neil
Location: North Seattle Family Center
2611 NE 125th St, Suite 80
Seattle, WA 98125
Dates:

  • April 27 & 28, 2019
  • May 18 & 19, 2019
  • June 1 & 2, 2019
  • June 22 & 23, 2019
  • July 13 & 14, 2019
  • August 17 & 18, 2019
  • Sept 7 & 8, 2019
  • Sept 28 & 29, 2019
  • Oct 26 & 27, 2019
  • Nov 23 & 24, 2019
  • Dec 14 & 15, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Contact: amity@thresholds.info or (206) 819-1383
Information: Free Parking. Scholarships available and cost reimbursed for eligible employees through Microsoft’s EAP. Babies 7 months and under are welcome to attend. To register, click here.

Instructor(s): Katie Streit
Location: 4320 SW Hill St
Seattle, WA 98116
Dates:

  • September 14 & 21, 2019
  • October 19 & 26, 2019

Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Katie Streit at (206) 388-6756 or katie@parenting-together.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome. Scholarships available. Reimbursement available through Microsoft’s EAP.

Instructor: Ursula Hildebrandt, PhD, MSW
Location: Kumon Learning Center, University Village
Seattle, WA 98105
Dates: Ongoing (First Saturday and Sunday of every month)
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Dr. Ursula Hildebrandt at developingfams@gmail.com or (206) 409-2931
Information: Free parking available. Materials provided. Babies in arms welcome. Scholarships available. Cost reimbursed for eligible employees through Microsoft’s EAP and Premera Blue Cross. To register, click here.

Instructor(s): Mindy McGovern
Location: Mettarel Associates
3414 1/2 Fremont Ave N, Ste D
Seattle, WA 98103-8812
Dates:

  • May 4 & 5, 2019 (Additional Instructor: Hannah Eaton)
  • July 20 & 21, 2019

Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Anna Goeke at (206) 472-9297 or workshops@mettarel.com
Information: To register, click here. Materials provided. Babies in arms welcome. Reimbursement available through Microsoft’s EAP and more.

Instructor(s): Heather Harman
Location: Seattle Counseling Service
1216 Pine St #300
Seattle, WA 98101
Dates: May 18 & 19, 2019
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Heather Harman at (206) 227-0625 or heather.harman@fireflycoaching.net
Information: To register, click here. Paid parking available. Materials and refreshments provided.

Seattle / Edmonds / Issaquah

Instructors: Various
Location: Swedish Medical Center campuses (First Hill, Ballard, Edmonds, & Issaquah)
Dates: Ongoing (see link below for dates at specific locations)
Information: To register, clickhere.

Wisconsin

Appleton

Instructor(s): Gloria Jean Bannasch, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, CGT
Location: GJB Health Services
711 North Lynndale Drive, Suite 1-A
Appleton, Wisconsin 54914
Dates: May 18 & 19, 2019
Times: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Contact: Jillian Rotzenberg at (920) 560-4525 or jillianr.gjbhs@gmail.com
Information: To register, clickhere. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Madison

Instructor(s): Sara Kind-Michels, LPC, LMFT
Location: 700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 320
Madison, WI 53711
Dates:  May 18 & 19, 2019
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Sara Kind-Michels at (608) 886-9595 or sara@kindtherapyllc.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome. Scholarships available.

Instructor(s): Wendy Scharp, ICCE and Shawn Salter, MSW
Location: 825 Jupiter Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
Dates: July 20 & 21, 2019
Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Contact: Wendy Scharp at (541) 531-7606 or info@portlanddoulalove.com
Information: To register, click here. Free parking available. Materials and refreshments provided. Babies in arms welcome.

Mexico


Estado de México

Huixquilucan

Instructor(s): Bertha Alicia Alcocer Orozco, PhD, Certified Gottman Therapist
Location: Universidad Anáhuac 46, Col. Lomas Anáhuac
Huixquilucan, Estado de México 52786
Dates: May 4 & 5, 2019
Times: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Contact: Bertha Alicia Alcocer Orozco at (555) 328-8080 ext. 7876 or solucionespsicologicas@hotmail.com
Information: To register, click here.