"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
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.
The program teaches couples how to:
- Increase friendship in your relationship
- Deal effectively with conflict
- Involve dads in infant care and parenting
- Improve the quality of parent-infant interaction
- Recognize the psychological and emotional needs of your child
The Bringing Baby Home (BBH) Program is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. This program was created and researched in the state of Washington and is now being offered across the nation and around the world. The aim of the program is to promote social change by making BBH available as part of the standard birth preparation program offered to expectant couples in community settings. 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. Click here to read about the research that went into creating the BBH Program!
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:
- Explain what to expect during the transition to parenthood
- Describe child development in the first year
- Create strategies to co-parent with your partner
- Learn ways to improve communication
- Demonstrate how to strengthen friendship, intimacy, and conflict regulation skills
- Recognize the signs of postpartum mood, anxiety, and adjustment disorders and be aware of support or treatment options
Location: The workshop will be located in the upstairs conference room of our second office at 6614 Shallowford Road in Lewisville.
Fee: The fee for the workshop is $250 per couple (not per person). This INCLUDES your workshop materials: one couples workbook and six card decks.
- Love Maps
- Love Maps for Couples with Kids
- Open-Ended Questions
- Father Cards
- Softened Start-Up
- Expressing Need
How do I register? Three easy options.
1. Call the office at 336.945.0137 and leave us a message!
2. Email us at [email protected]
3. Scroll down to "Register Below" at the bottom of this page and submit the online contact request! Be sure to mention that you are interested in Bringing Baby Home.
We will walk you through the registration process!
Do you know a couple who would love to receive this workshop as a Baby Shower gift?
Contact us at 336-945-0137 or [email protected] for more information.
John Gottman began his research on couples having children in 1985, following 20 previous years of research on couples and marriage. The Bringing Baby Home Study began in 1999 as a small pilot study designed by John M. Gottman, PhD and Alyson F. Shapiro, PhD. This study later grew into a full-scale research evaluation that was concluded in 2005, when the youngest of the research participants was 2 1/2 to 3 years old. The BBH program has been evaluated trhough random clinical trial research involving 159 families. Each family was randomly assigned to one of three groups. One group received both a two-day BBH workshop and subsequently, attended 12 weeks of a support group. A second group only received the two-day BBH workshop that they attended shortly before the birth of their baby. The third group, the control group, did not receive either the BBH workshop or the support groups. The control group was offered the workshop following the completion of the study.
By following these new families over the course of three years, we have determined the effects of each BBH Program component on familial and parental relationships, and ultimately, on the developing children. As a result of this research, we have developed the BBH Program which includes the Couple's Workshop, the Program Sections, Support Groups, and the Beyond Bringing Baby Home Program. Each of these tools is being used to make the research findings available to the public.
The Importance of Research
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 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 outcomes.
Results of Program Evaluation
The data analyzed from our studies shows that, one year after participating in our workshop, couples have less "relationship meltdown," higher relationship quality, less interpersonal hostility, and markedly less incidence of progressive symptoms of postpartum depression (22.5% compared to 66.5% in the control group). These statistically significant findings resulted from the pilot study in which Drs. John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman led the Bringing Baby Home workshop.
Click Here to read a summary of the Gottman research on the effectiveness of the Bringing Baby Home program.