Having a baby can bring excitement and joy, rewarding experiences, and the opportunity to grow as a person yourself as you become a parent. It can also bring stress, physical and emotional challenges, and put strain on your relationship with your partner. Research shows that two-thirds of couples experience a significant reduction in marital satisfaction and a significant increase in conflict after the birth of their baby. Mood issues including post-partum depression are also a risk as increased stress, body changes, reduced sleep and self-care impact new parents. The Bringing Baby Home Program helps buffer against these possible outcomes.
The Bringing Baby Home (BBH) workshop is a research-based and research-tested psychoeducational workshop that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. Developed by renowned relationship and parenting experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman.
The BBH program is perfect for those who are:
Interested in having a baby
Expecting a baby
Already parenting an infant or toddler (age 0-3)
The goal of BBH is to equip you with the knowledge and skill sets needed to constructively cope with the various changes that typically occur during the first three years after your baby is born.
In the Bringing Baby Home workshop, you and your partner will learn how to:
Strengthen your friendship
Increase intimacy and affection
Work through conflict with greater ease
Maintain relationship satisfaction
Create positive baby-child interactions
Ensure quality involvement for both parents
Reduce the incidence or severity of postpartum mood disorders
Not only will this program teach you what to expect during the transition to parenthood, it will also help you do things like:
Better understand child development
Create co-parenting strategies with your partner
Improve the way you and your partner communicate, connect, and compromise
Recognize signs of postpartum mood disorders and gain awareness of treatment options.
Having worked with many couples as they transition to parenthood, having a background working in reproductive mental health, as well as being the happily married mom of an active and thriving 10-year old boy, Sue is a skilled and experienced guide to help you navigate the transition to parenthood. “I’m passionate about helping couples develop the skills they need to face the transition to parenthood head on. It is exciting to be bringing this program to Kelowna as healthier couples means healthier families contributing to a healthier community”. Sue Musleh, M.Ed. RCC.
BBH Workshop Testimonials from Kelowna Couples
D & A (Mom & Dad)
"We really enjoyed the BBH workshop. We learned a lot of tools to help strengthen our relationship and bond; also to help prepare for the arrival of our child. We feel more confident in our abilities to cope and respond to conflicts. Very excellent material and course"
"This workshop has given me a fresh new hope & insight into my personal relationships with my significant other & my children. I would recommend it to anyone struggling with the prospect of parenting."
"I look forward to having these tools to improve & grow our family into healthy excellence."
UPCOMING WORKSHOP DATES
If you need to cancel 21 days or more before the workshop start date, the fee you paid minus a $50 processing fee will be refunded to you. If however, you need to cancel within 21 days before the workshop start date, you will instead receive a credit to be applied to a future workshop within the next year.
Concerned about childcare?
Concern About the Fee?
Some sliding scale spots available. Please call or email to inquire.
If your extended health plan covers Registered Clinical Counsellors, you may be able to submit receipts for reimbursement.
Please Note: The BBH program is educational and NOT a replacement for couple’s counselling/therapy.
For more info about Drs. John & Julie Gottman’s work, visit www.gottman.com.
To book an appointment, ask questions, or schedule a complimentary 10 minute telephone consultation, please call…