Bringing Baby Home – A relationship & parenting workshop for expectant and new parents

Are you an expectant or new parent in a relationship?  If so, have you stopped to think how you will prepare your RELATIONSHIP for the transition to parenthood?  Most of us spend a lot of time thinking about where we want to birth our baby, creating a birth plan, thinking about breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding, and setting up the baby’s room and buying baby supplies, but few of us spend time preparing our relationship for what will most likely be the biggest transition in our lifetime – the transition to parenthood.  Bringing Baby Home is a couple workshop for new and expectant parents to prepare their relationship for this challenging and rewarding experience.

Nearly 70% of relationships report a huge decline in satisfaction and increase in conflict after baby comes, up through the first three years of life.  A recent survey found parenthood really takes it toll on happiness.  So what’s the good news?  It doesn’t have to be this way!  Sure the transition to parenthood is challenging, but you can help prepare your relationship for the road ahead.

Bringing Baby Home is a 12-hour workshop that will teach you and your partner parenting and relationship skills to help you be the best parenting team possible. Developed by renowned relationship experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Bringing Baby Home (BBH) Workshop combines lecture, group discussion and couple’s activities to help couples strengthen their friendship, increase intimacy, improve communication, regulate conflict, and create positive strategies for parenting. This workshop is designed for couples who are pregnant or have infants up to one year of age. Babies up to 3 months old welcome to attend with their parents.

Fall 2017:  Saturday and Sunday October 7th and 8th – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Saturday class is being held at the Birth Center of Boulder – 2800 Folsom St, Boulder; and Sunday class is at Gaia Health in Lafayette – 1255 Cimarron Dr, Suite 201, Lafayette.

Register by Saturday, September 23rd to receive 10% off!

Where:  Birth Center of Boulder; 2800 Folsom St, Boulder

Trainer:  Shelly King, MA, LPC

Cost: $300/couple – includes workbook and materials from the Gottman Institute

Contact: Call or email Shelly to reserve your spot!  303.502.4867 or

2018 Dates – all dates are Saturdays, location is at the Birth Center of Boulder, and price is the same as above.  Register at least two weeks before a workshop and receive 10% off!

Winter – January 6th & 13th       Spring – April 7th & 14th          Fall – September 29th & October 6th


Workshop Outline

Day One                                                                                                      Day Two

Transition to Parenthood                                                                             Four Steps of Constructive Problem Solving

Moving through Time Together                                                                   Softened Start Up

Creating Love Maps                                                                                   Accepting Influence

Four Horseman & Fighting                                                                         Repair & Compromise

Fondness & Admiration                                                                              Honoring Parents

Emotional Bank Account                                                                            Recognize the Importance of Fathers

Expressing Needs                                                                                      Understand Baby Blues and Perinatal Mood Disorders

Turning Toward Your Children                                                                    Connect with Your Children

What’s Baby Saying?                                                                                  Preserve Intimacy

Positive Perspective                                                                                   Create Shared Meaning

Expressing Appreciation

Let’s Play with Baby

Daily Stress Reducing Conversation

Flooding, Self Soothing and Taking a Break

Four Warning Signs