Congratulations! You have a new baby. 

Don’t forget you also have a marriage. 

What is Bringing Baby Home?

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Bringing Baby Home is a research-based, research-tested workshop for expectant couples and parents of infants. It was developed by the Gottman Institute, well known for decades of leading-edge scientific research on couples, child development and the transition to parenthood.

Research shows that 67% of couples report a significant drop in their relationship quality within 3 years after the birth of a child, and an increase in conflict and hostility.   

The Bringing Baby Home program is a couples workshop designed to help new and expectant parents develop skills and techniques that will help ease the transition of bringing baby home.

Designed by Drs John and Julie Gottman of The Gottman Institute, this workshop is proven to help you adjust to parenthood with greater satisfaction.

So how does your relationship affect your baby?

  • Stress and anxiety have adverse effects on the fetus and child.

  • Satisfying relationships have proven to reduce maternal stress and anxiety and provide an optimal environment for your baby’s mental and physical development.

  • Early relationships set the thermostat for your child’s ability to learn healthy responses to stress both internally and externally.

  • Brain development depends on both genes and experiences.

  • Rapid brain development takes place in the first year of life. Just because a baby cannot understand harsh words does not mean they will not be affected by them.

  • Early interactions directly affect the way the brain is wired.

Perfect for those...

  • Interested in having a baby

  • Expecting a baby

  • Already parenting an infant or toddler (age 0-3)

Goal of Bringing Home Baby

The goal of BBH is to equip you with the knowledge and skill sets needed to constructively cope with the various changes that typically occur during the first three years after your baby is born. In the BBH workshop, you and your partner will learn how to do the following: 

  • Strengthen your friendship

  • Increase intimacy and affection

  • Work through conflict with greater ease

  • Maintain relationship satisfaction

  • Reduce hostility

  • Create positive baby-child interactions

  • Ensure quality involvement for both parents

  • Reduce the incidence or severity of postpartum mood disorders

Added benefit...

Not only will this program teach you what to expect during the transition to parenthood, it will also help you do things like: 

  • Better understand child development

  • Create co-parenting strategies with your partner

  • Improve the way you and your partner communicate, connect, and compromise

  • Recognize signs of postpartum mood disorders and gain awareness of treatment options

About the Presenters...

John E. Heaton, IMFT, accompanied by his wife, Jennifer, are authorized Bringing Baby Home Program Educators who will lead the workshop and help to prepare couples for their new life with baby and learn the skills needed to strengthen their relationship and foster baby’s development during this challenging time.   For additional information about the presenters or the field of marriage and family therapy, click here.  

Cost:

A full 12-hour workshop is $300 per couple, including course materials. 

  • The Bringing Baby Home Couples Workbook

  • Love Maps Exercise, Open-Ended questions, Love Maps for Parents, Softened Start-up, Expressing Needs, and Fathers Card Decks

  • Relationship Guides aimed to accentuate the workshop goals and objectives

  • Light refreshments

Information:

Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. The fee is $300 per couple and must be paid in full in advance to secure your spot. The workshop cost may be covered by your Health Savings Account. Ask your employer for details. The workshop includes snacks and refreshments, workbook and take-home materials. Participants will be provided a one-hour lunch break on their own. Beyond the workshop itself, we will be providing drinks and light snacks will for you to enjoy while you participate in the training. There will be several restaurants nearby for the lunch breaks on Saturday and Sunday. Non-mobile babies in arms (3 months or younger) are welcome.

The typical workshop schedule is Saturday and Sunday (9am-4pm).

Cancelation Policy:

Attendees can cancel up to three weeks before the class date. A full refund minus a $100.00 processing fee will be given. No shows will forfeit their fee.  To cancel, email bbh@heatonmft.com

Interested?

We are currently planning our fall class and accepting couples.  Email us at bbh@heatonmft.com or fill out of the form below and let us know you're interested in attending. 

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