Bringing Baby Home
First Comes Love...Then comes a baby!
Even the strongest relationships and happiest couples are tested during the transition to parenthood. Lack of sleep, never-ending laundry and dishes, and new worries about money can lead to increased stress and a decline in marital happiness – all of which affect baby’s care. Not surprisingly, 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment, and hurt feelings.
Our research-based and research-tested 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.
Couples who have participated in this program:
Were more satisfied in their relationship and less likely to divorce.
Experienced a significantly lower rate of postpartum depression.
Were able to work together in family play and co-parenting with
greater father involvement and more secure father-child attachment
Had fewer language delays when they were one-year-old.
Were rated as crying less when they could not get what they wanted.
Smiled and laughed more during family play at 3 and 12 months of age.