67% of couples report a significant drop in their relationship quality and an increase in conflict within 3 years after the birth of a child.
Bringing Baby Home: A Workshop for New & Expecting Parents
Has life with your new baby not been as blissful as you had hoped?
Do you find that you and your partner are arguing more since baby arrived?
The transition to parenthood can stress even the strongest of relationships. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework and minimal time for each other can lead to profound stress and a decline in marital satisfaction.
Bringing Baby Home Workshop
Bringing Baby Home (BBH) is a workshop to help parents navigate the first three years after baby is born. Parents will learn the information, skills, and tools they need to encourage healthy, supportive family relationships.
The BBH workshop combines scientific research and public education. It was developed by renowned relationship and parenting experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman. They found the best predictor of marital adjustment after baby arrives is the quality of friendship in the marriage. This workshop aims to support couples to strengthen their friendship. It also offers strategies to foster baby’s development.
“The greatest gift you can give your child is a strong relationship between you and your partner.” – John Gottman, Ph.D
The BBH program is perfect for those who are:
- Interested in having a baby
- Expecting a baby
- Already parenting an infant or toddler (age 0-3)
- Reduce relationship conflict and increase connection
- Learn ways to maintain relationship satisfaction after having a baby
- Promote positive parent-baby interactions
In the BBH workshop, you and your partner will learn how to:
- Strengthen your friendship
- Increase intimacy and affection
- Improve communication, connection, and compromise
- Work through conflict
- Create positive parent – baby interactions
- Encourage quality involvement for both parents
- Create co-parenting strategies
- Recognize signs of baby blues, and other mental health issues and gain awareness of treatment options
Class size is limited to 8 couples, and pre-registration is required. The fee is $600 per couple and must be paid in full in advance to secure your spot. Workshop fees may be covered by your extended health benefits. Ask your insurance provider for details. Materials and light refreshments provided. Participants will be provided a one-hour lunch break on their own. Babes in arms (3 months or younger) are welcome.
Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW is a therapist at The Mindfulness Clinic. She has completed the Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She frequently works with children and families and offers mindful parenting workshops in the community. She is the mother of two children with her partner of over 25 years and they have the Gottmans’ work to partially thank for that.
UPCOMING WORKSHOP DATES:
Sunday 24, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.