A two day workshop!
2018 Dates: October 27th & 28th
Time: 9:30am - 6:00pm
Snacks provided, lunch on your own
Where: Pathways to Wellness 3505 Cadillac Ave, Suite O-109 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Continuing Education Credits: 16CEs available, provided by R. Cassidy and can be purchased HERE
Class size is limited, pre-registration is required.
Bringing Baby Home
A Workshop for Couples Transitioning to Parenthood
Presented By: Regina Collins, LMFT & Stephenie Champlin, LCSW
“Bringing Baby Home has given us the knowledge and skills to cope constructively with the many changes brought about by the birth of our child. We now have tools and information to help us make this transition easier on everyone (our baby, our relationship…ourselves). Thank you!” -former Bringing Baby Home participant
Bringing Baby Home is an educational program for pregnant couples and families with children up to three years of age. It was designed and created by relationship experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, at The Relationship Research Institute in Seattle, Washington. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening the parental relationship.
The Gottman’s research demonstrates that when couples become parents, there is a significant decrease in their relationship satisfaction. In fact, the research found that 67% of couples experience relationship dissatisfaction during the first three years of their baby’s life. Further research has shown that relationship discord and conflict have a profound negative effect on the couples’ infants and toddlers. Designed for both pregnant and new parents, the Bringing Baby Home Program will give you skills and information to recognize and cope successfully with the normal stressors of becoming a family.
Through the success of Bringing Baby Home, millions of babies and young families at every socio-economic level and from every ethnic and racial group will be able to build a strong foundation that is emotionally sensitive to babies and family relationships.
Goals of the Couple’s Workshop
· Learn how to maintain relationship satisfaction after having a baby
· Reduce relationship hostility and increase affection
· Promote positive parent-baby interactions
· Promote quality involvement for both parents
· Reduce the incidence or severity of postpartum mood disorders
Objectives of the Couple’s Workshop
Participants will be able to:
1. Explain what to expect during the transition to parenthood
2. Describe child development in the first year
3. Create strategies to co-parent with your partner
4. Lean ways to improve communication
5. Demonstrate how to strengthen friendship, intimacy, and conflict regulation skills
6. Recognize the sign of postpartum mood, anxiety, and adjustment disorders and be aware of support and/or treatment options
The Research: The Science Behind the Bringing Baby Home Couples Workshop
Research is essential for providing information that describes what is working for real people and for ensuring that programs really do help those they intend to serve. There are many intervention programs and even schools of therapy that are based solely on the individual ideas or theory but have not been validated by research. The Bringing Baby Home Program is different. Bringing Baby Home is both research-based and research-tested and has been shown to help new families experience the best possible outcome.
From years of research, we now know that a couple’s emotional connection if the real foundation for a baby’s development.
The specific results of the evaluations to date are outlined below.
Both fathers and mothers who took the BBH program (compared to those that did not) showed greater sensitivity and responsiveness to their infant’s signals. This was particularly true for fathers.
Parents who took the BBH program demonstrated better co-parenting abilities in that they were able to work together more positively during family play with their 3-month-old baby.
Babies expressed more smiling and laughter during family play if their parents had participated in the BBH program. This was true for both 3 and 12-month-old infants.
Several indicators of father-infant attachment security were rated more positively in families who had taken the BBH program.
Infant Development & Temperament
There were less language delays in one-year-old infants of parents who took the BBH program.
Mothers who took the BBH program rated their babies as showing less distress in response to limitations (such as having a toy out of reach).One-year-old babies in the workshop group were rated as responding more positively to their fathers’ soothing (this is likely to reflect something about father-baby interaction quality as well as infant temperament).
Fathers who took the BBH program reported being more involved in parenting and feeling more satisfied and appreciated for their parental contributions.
The quality of father-baby interactions was more positive if fathers had taken the BBH program.
Couple Relationship Quality
Couples who took the BBH program reported high stable relationship quality. Those who did not take the BBH program showed a decline in relationship quality over the first year after the baby’s birth.
There was less hostility expressed by both husbands and wives during conflict discussions if they had taken the BBH program.
Fewer mothers who took the BBH program showed symptoms of postpartum depression, the baby blues, and other indicators of psychopathology such as anxiety.
Fewer fathers who took the BBH program showed signs of depression, anxiety and other psychopathology after the baby was born.
Couples and Parents want to know: “How can we maintain the quality of our relationship and also build a strong and healthy family?”
This program teaches couples how to:
Increase friendship in your relationship
Deal effectively with conflict
Involve Dad in infant care and parenting
Improve the quality of parent-infant interaction
Recognize the psychological and emotional needs of your child
Topics covered but not limited to:
Transition to Parenthood
The Relationship Between Children and Parents
Making the Magic Last After Having Children
Preserving Intimacy and Romance
Managing Stress and Conflict Regulation
Recognizing the Importance of Fathers
Honoring Mothers and Fathers
Understanding the Baby Blues
Emotional Communication and Children
Creating a Shared Family Legacy
Recommended but not required reading:
And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives (2007) by John and Julie Gottman, PhDs
Bringing Baby Home: A Workshop for New and Expectant Parents by John M. Gottman, Ph.D., Alyson F. Shapiro, Ph.C. and Joni Parthemer, M.Ed.
Effects on Marriage of a Psycho-Communicative-Educational Intervention With Couples Undergoing the Transition to Parenthood, Evaluation at 1-Year Post Intervention (2005) by Alyson F. Shapiro and John M. Gottman
Short-Term Change in Couples’ Conﬂict Following a Transition to Parenthood Intervention (2015) by Alyson F. Shapiro, John M. Gottman and Brandi C. Fink