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      Bringing Baby Home

      October 5 @ 9:00 am - October 6 @ 4:30 pm$299.00
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      Bringing Baby Home

      Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th from 9 - 4:30pm

      Even the strongest relationships are strained during the transition to parenthood. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework and new fiscal concerns can lead to profound stress and a decline in marital satisfaction — all of which affect baby’s care. Not surprisingly, 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment, and hurt feelings.

      Our research-based 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.

      This workshop combines scientific research and public education to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. It teaches new parents how to gain relationship satisfaction and create healthy social, emotional, and intellectual development for their children. Click here to learn more about Dr. Gottman’s parenting research.

      Couples will come away from this workshop with:

      • Reseach-based and research-tested strategies to help you cope constructively with the changes that come after the birth of a child.
      • Answers to questions you don’t even know you have about maintaining the quality of your relationship and building a strong and healthy family after baby comes.
      • Strategies for specific situations that arise in those early weeks and are shown by research to deminish the happiness and satisfaction of your relationship and parenting experience.
      • A book that you can pull at out 3am when the going gets tough.
      • Card decks and activities to support and reinforce the skills you learn in this workshop

      This workshop is very inclusive; couples from all walks of life are welcome and valued. The model won’t really work for one single parent to attend on her/his own, unless they bring someone (even a grandparent) who will partner with them in a raising the child. 

      It is our heart-felt goal is to make everyone welcomed with open arms.

      You are welcome to bring a sack lunch or go explore the restaurants in San Marcos during the 1.5 hour lunch break.

      The cost per couple is $299 for the entire workshop including the Bringing Baby Home workbook and card decks.

      Mary Holman

      As a licensed therapist and expectant grandmother, I listened to my daughter and son-in-law talk about their Bringing Baby Home workshop with two “set of ears.” On “set” as a mom who felt blessed that her kiddos had taken such a proactive approach to fostering their relationship as well as building their capacity as parents, and the other “set” as a therapist who has worked with families who simply are not functioning, thus could see the value of this workshop for all couples and expectant parents. But when I really became a believer and decided that I wanted BBH to become part of my counseling work was shortly after my grandson was born, and I saw my daughter reach for the Gottman book and card decks when times got tough. I heard her and her husband communicate using the language and ideas they had experienced and committed to TOGETHER in their BBH training. I think this model is so much stronger than one parent or the other reading a book or article then instructing the other–that creates a power imbalance. Experiencing the workshop together is the magic.

      I am a former educator of 26 years and continue to teach teachers about the social emotional needs of their students as well as strategies to promote wellness in their classrooms. I taught high school forever, and through the mixed blessing of social media, I see my former students becoming parents and all that entails. I am also a licensed therapist (LPCi) working under the supervision of Dr Roxanna Ramirez. While BBH is a workshop rather than a counseling modality, the Gottmans’ other work does encompass couples therapy models. Members of my supervision group use these models in couple’s therapy work and believe strongly in the Gottman methods. This, too, adds to my belief in the Gottman research and model for couples relationship health. As a “Grammy,” I look forward to helping couples/new parents connect in a new way and build skills that will add to their joy and fulfillment as they venture into this wonderful world of loving and nurturing each other while loving and nurturing the beautiful babies who will become our next generation.

      Rachel Hasper

      As expectant parents, my husband and I stumbled across a BBH workshop that coincided with our “baby moon” and decided, on a whim, to attend. Before attending, we weren’t sure of what exactly the class entailed. We had already attended birthing classes, breastfeeding classes, etc, and expected more of the same with maybe a bit more focus on parenting together. Never-the-less, we decided to go, as we wanted to be as prepared as possible before our little guy was born. As we came to find, the BBH workshop is extremely different than any other parenting class we had attended in that it was more of a class on how to nurture and grow your relationship, while nurturing and growing your little one. While our relationship before going to BBH was by no means rocky, after BBH we felt so much stronger as a couple and much more prepared to bring our son into our dynamic and transition from “we” to “three.” While we appreciated what we had learned in class immediately, it wasn’t until after our son’s birth that we realized the true value of our experience. I’m not going to lie, those first few weeks are challenging. With lack of sleep and the constant responsibility of caring for an infant, it’s easy to let good communication go out the window. However, instead of letting our communication break down, we knew what challenges to expect ahead of time and found ourselves using what we had learned in BBH to navigate around these obstacles that have the potential to truly damage the quality of a relationship. Because of BBH we came out of that daze as a stronger couple. With my background in psychology and education, I felt called to share what had helped my family so much during such a tough transition. I found myself telling all of our new and expectant parent friends to go to a BBH workshop, and giving them a blow-by-blow of the entire model. In doing this, I realized I could truly do some good by bringing this information to the masses, which is when I decided to go to Seattle and become a BBH Certified Educator. I am so excited to share what I believe is a life changing weekend with anyone who wants to take time to honor their relationship, and prepare for their new bundle of joy!


      Unlimited available
      Bringing Home Baby$299.00
      • Start: October 5 @ 9:00 am
      • End: October 6 @ 4:30 pm
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