About Bringing Baby Home
They say you can’t be prepared for the changes a baby brings to your life. But you can be informed. The Bringing Baby Home workshop draws on decades of research to prepare couples for life with baby and help them work as a solid parenting team. In a relaxed and supportive environment, new parents learn ways to foster baby’s development and strengthen their relationship as they transition to becoming their own unique family. Bringing Baby Home can be taken by couples anytime from during pregnancy up until their children are three years old.
Having a baby is such an incredible, beautiful blessing. We experience a new kind of love, and it changes our whole lives. But change is not always easy; it usually comes with mixed feelings and some real turbulence. Throw in lack of sleep, lifestyle changes, and new financial constraints, and things can get tense. Not surprisingly, 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment and hurt feelings in their relationship. Even the strongest couples are strained during the transition to parenthood, and strain on parents affects babies, too.
New parents need all the support they can get! This program 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.
Participants learn about:
- What to expect during the transition to parenthood
- Child development during the first year
- How to create strategies to co-parent with your partner
- Ways to improve communication
- How to strengthen friendship, intimacy and conflict regulation skills in their relationship
- Signs of postpartum mood, anxiety and adjustment disorders and available supports.
The quality of your relationship with your parenting partner has a direct and powerful impact on your parenting and your relationship with your child.
You can learn more about the program and the research on the Gottman Institute’s website.
You can watch some videos about the program here.
About Katy Brookes
I have an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from UBC and am a Certified Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator. I am also a wife and a mother of a son, 5, and a daughter, 3. I have over ten years experience supporting families, individuals youth, single mothers, and mothers transitioning to parenthood. In addition to offering the Bringing Baby Home program in the Fraser Valley, I also offer private counselling, group facilitation and psycho-education.
One of the most satisfying parts of my work is bringing together people in similar life circumstances and facilitating the building of communities of support. In offering education and facilitation, I draw on the collective knowledge and experience of the group, and help people forge connections and share their strengths.
I love teaching the Bringing Baby Home workshop because it gives me an opportunity to improve the lives of couples and young children, giving them confidence, skills, and networks of support to help them through these critical years in their lives.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and member in good standing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
- Can I bring my baby to the class?
- Yes! We welcome non-mobile infants to the class, but things get a little hairier once your little one is moving around. I know it is challenging to attend a class like this together if you don’t have trusted child-care, and I want to help remove that barrier for you. But I also want to make sure you and your partner, and other participants, can have most of your attention on the class. So let’s talk about options, and get creative! For example, if you know other couples who want to take the class but don’t have child care, you could host the class and perhaps designate one person to manage most of the child care, while still being available to your children. See my register page for more options on ways to take the class.
- Is the course like couples counselling?
- BBH is not a couples counselling group. There are lot of interactive activities, but those involving personal disclosure are usually between yourself and your partner, and it is up to you what you want to share with the class. The whole class does benefit when we are able to share our experiences, learnings questions and insights, though we are not able to resolve any specific couples’ issues. If you and your partner have more specific issues that you would like to work on after taking the class, you are welcome to book a private follow up session with me.