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:




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
Information: Please contact us via email for additional details.

San Francisco

Instructors: 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
Information: Visit and click the Bringing Baby Home tab under Workshops

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: $250 per couple and includes couples workbook and all materials as well as light refreshments (some scholarships available… contact
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 or call Lara Elfstrand at (408) 679-2220, or e-mail her at




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
Information: For more information, visit or check us out on Facebook




Instructors: Margaret Marshall, YTT 200-hr, AHA BLS certified instructor, certified Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: YWCA, Darien, CT
Cost: Sliding scale $250-$500 includes all materials and light refreshments
Dates: June 24& 25
Time: 11am-5pm
Contact: Margaret Marshall at (203) 424-1530 or
Information: For more information, visit




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

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: 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




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
August 4, 5, & 6
October 27, 28, & 29
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 or call Allison Burch at (512) 565-3617 or email at


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 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
June 24 & 25
August 12 & 13
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
Information: For more information/to register please click here.



Salt Lake City

Instructors: 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
Information: For more information or to register visit




Instructors: Grace Howarth, PhD, certified Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: Golden Assessments, 1487 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22101
Cost: $299 per couple – includes ocuples workbook and all materials as well as light refreshments
Dates: Saturdays, August 5 and August 12, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm with an hour break for lunch
Contact:Dr. Christine Golden at 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.




Instructor: Deborah Sleeman
Location: EvergreenHealth, Kirkland
October 2th & November 4th
Times: 9:30am-4:30pm each day
Cost: $300 (scholarships available, email for details)
Contact: Deborah Gleeman (425) 899-3000.
Information: Babes in arms welcome. Register here or by calling (425) 899-3000.


Instructor: Thresholds – Amity Kramer
Location:  1817 Queen Anne Ave N. Suite 202, Seattle, WA
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
Information: Register at Questions? Contact Amity Kramer, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA) $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: Lesli Desai and Megan Slade
Location: 9140 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126
June 17th
September 23rd & 30th
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Cost: $175 per couple (includes workbook and materials); Limited scholarships available.
Contact: Contact us at
Information: Babies 6 months and under encouraged to attend. We also offer a refresher course for all attendees- a half day opportunity to gather with your workshop group again and review the key strategies and skills from the workshop, 3-6 months after the workshop, which is included in registration! Register at www.transitiontoparenting.orgQuestions? Contact us at


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.




Instructors: 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
Information: For more information or to sign up, please visit, call or email.


New South Wales

Tamworth, New South Wales

Instructor: Pedro Sousa, certified 7P™ and Bringing Baby Home™ educator
Location: V Guy Cable Building, 201 Marius Street, Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia
Two Saturdays:
June 17 & 24
Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm each day
Cost: FREE, including material
Contact: Pedro Sousa 02 6738 7200,
Information: Find more information about the program here.




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.