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

 

San Jose

Instructors: 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: $200 per couple and includes couples workbook and all materials as well as light refreshments.
Dates:
4 Tuesday nights in January (January 10, 17, 24, 31)
or 4 Monday nights in February (February 6, 13, 20, 27)
Time: 5:30-9 PM. Bring your own dinner to eat together from 5:30-6:00 PM, and class time will start promptly at 6 PM.
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

Instructors: 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 February 25th to receive 10% off!
Dates: Saturdays March 18th and 25th
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch
Contact: To register, contact Shelly King – 303.502.4867 or shellykingtherapy@gmail.com.
Information: For more information, visit www.facebook.com/bringingbabyhomeboulder or www.shellykingtherapy.com.


Florida

 

Davie

Instructors: 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.

Jacksonville & Beaches

Instructors: Janet McIlroy, M.A., ICCE, CD (DONA), (Retired Pediatric Nurse)
Location:  The Atlantic Theater, 751 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL.  32233
Cost: $300 per couple and includes couples workbook and all materials as well as light refreshments.
Dates: Saturdays – January 14, 21, & 28 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Contact: Program led by Janet McIlroy, a certified Bringing Baby Home™ educator, an ICEA certified childbirth educator and a couples therapist
Information: For more information or to sign up, please call Janet McIlroy at (904) 249-0261, or e-mail her at:  FirstCoastFam@aol.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: Each training consists of 6 Wednesday nights. Chose from the following start dates: 1/18/17 or 3/15/17 or 5/10/17 or 7/12/17 or 9/13/17
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.


Georgia

 

Atlanta

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


Maryland

 

Rockville

Instructors: Orly Katz, Licensed Professional Certified Counselor, Maternal Child Nurse, International Board Certified lactation Consultant and a Bringing Baby Home certified educator.
Location: 1 Research Court, Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20850
Cost: $350 for the 6 hour program, including material
Dates:
Sunday 1/8/2017 and Sunday 1/15/2017
Time: 4:00-7:00 PM
Contact: Orly Katz, 301.660.6759, therapyorly181@gmail.com, or here.
Information: Find more information about the program here.


New York

 

Lake George

Instructor: Diana Palmer, LMFT
Location: Holiday Inn Resort – 2223 Canada Street Lake George, NY 12845
Cost:  $300 per couple including participant materials and light refreshments. (Lunch is on your own)
Dates: January 14th & 15th 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Contact: Diana Palmer, LMFT, Bringing Baby Home™ educator
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit dianapalmerlmft.com, or contact Diana Palmer, LMFT  at info@DianaPalmerLMFT.com or 518-798-9187


South Carolina

 

Greenville

Instructor: Susannah Baldwin, MEd, LPC
Location: Greenville Midwifery Care 35 Medical Ridge Dr. Greenville, SC 29605
Cost: Early Bird fee is $180 per couple before Jan.1, 2017, then $200 per couple; includes workbook, deck of cards, water and light snacks. Lunch is own your own.
Dates: Saturday January 28 and Sunday January 29 9:00-4:00 (with 1 hour break for lunch)
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.


Texas

 

Bellaire

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

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: 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
Dates:
2017:
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.

 


Washington

 

Bellevue

Instructor: Suzette Parker, BCC, CRC, MLT, Gottman Trained Educator
Location: Bellegrove OB/GYN
Date: and times:
2017
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,

Kirkland

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 January 27th-28th, 2017 3-9 PM
Friday and Saturday March 31st-April 1st, 2017 3-9 PM
Cost: FREE for Microsoft employees or $225
Contact: Suzette Parker coachsuzette@gmail.com or 425-269-4806
Information: All materials, fees and snacks included. For more information or to register please visit here.

Seattle

Instructor: Thresholds – Amity Kramer
Location:  1817 Queen Anne Ave N. Suite 202, Seattle, WA
Dates:
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: Lesli Desai and Megan Slade
Location: 9140 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126
Dates: February 4th and 11thApril Dates coming soon!
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Cost: $150 per couple (includes workbook and materials); Limited scholarships available.
Information: Babies 6 months and under may attend. Register at www.transitiontoparenting.orgQuestions? Contact us at transitiontoparenting@gmail.com

*****

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.


Washington, D.C.

 

Washington, D.C.

Instructor: Robin S. Smith, LCMFT
Location: Washington Ethical Society (WES) – 7750 16th St NW Washington, DC 20012
Dates: January 7th, 14th, and 21st.
Time: 10AM – 3PM
Cost: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (ends on 12/18/16): $312 per couple
Registration: $390 per couple
Contact: Robin S. Smith, LCMFT and certified Bringing Baby Home™ educator.
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit here or e-mail info@yourcouplestherapist.com.


CANADA

 

Alberta

 

Calgary, Alberta

Instructor: Erin Hinton, MA CCC & certified Bringing Baby Home educator and Amanda Hart-Morin, MA MFT CCC & certified Bringing Baby Home educator
Location: TBD
Dates: March 18-19, 2017
Time: 9am-3pm
Cost: $350 per couple and includes couples workbook and all materials as well as light refreshments.
Contact: Erin Hinton, MA CCC & certified Bringing Baby Home educator or Amanda Hart-Morin, MA MFT CCC & certified Brining Baby Home educator
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit here or email kindredworkshops@gmail.com .