Bringing Baby Home is an educational program for pregnant couples and families with children up to three years of age. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening the parental relationship.
The Gottmans research demonstrates that when couples become parents, there is a significant decrease in their relationship satisfaction. Further research has shown that relationship discord and conflict have a profound negative effect on the couples’ infants and toddlers.
The BBH program was developed in order to support families during this challenging, transitional time. Dr. Gottman’s research shows that couples who have participated in the program experience:
- A significantly lower rate of postpartdum mood disorders and depression
- A decrease in relationship hostility
- A higher level of relationship satisfaction
- A decreased likelihood of divorce
Research-based Bringing Baby Home workshops prepare you for life with baby and teaches you to be the best parenting team possible. In a relaxed and supportive environment with a trained educator, learn how to strengthen your relationship and foster your baby’s development during this new and challenging time in your life.
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, and later grew into a full-scale research evaluation that was concluded in 2005, when the youngest research participant was 3 years old. The BBH program has been evaluated through random clinical research involving 159 families, following the families for three years.
The data analyzed from the Gottman Institute studies show that, one year after participating in the BBH 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 control group).
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Frequently asked questions about Bringing Baby Home:
- Can I bring my baby? Yes, you can bring your baby as long your baby is not too mobile (usually under 6 months old) as we have a limited amount of space. If you think having your baby will be too distracting to actively participate in the workshop please arrange for childcare.
- Is it better to take the class before or after we have our baby? Both can be valuable. It depends on your schedule and preferences. The workshop is designed for expecting parents but couples have found the content very relevant even after having their baby.
- What is the optimum timeframe for taking the class? We recommend that you either take the workshop up to one month prior to your due date or at least a month after the birth of your baby. This will help you make the best out of the workshop and reduce the likelihood of you have to cancel the workshop at the last minute.
- Can I take the class if this is not my first baby? Absolutely. Couples have found it relevant and useful after having several children.
- Is this a parenting class? No. This class is focused on strengthening the relationship with your partner as you make the transition to having your baby.
- Will I learn to diaper and care for my baby? No. You can find classes on infant care at your local hospital.
- Can only one partner attend the workshop? No. All the practice exercises you will do require that you converse with your partner.
- Can I come for only one of the two workshop days? No. The workshop curriculum is design as a whole. The second day of the workshop builds on information you will learn and practice during the first day. The two days cover different subjects and skills that complement each other.
- Do you provide an online or webinar version of the workshop? Yes. This is a workshop that encourages human connection and interaction with your spouse or partner. If you prefer private online sessions with Georgia, it can be arranged, as long as you participate together.