The transition to parenthood is often a challenging time for new parents. Dr. John Gottman’s research shows that 67% of parents experience a significant drop in relationship satisfaction in the 1st year after the birth of a child. Further research has shown that relationship discord and conflict have a profound negative effect on the families’ infants and toddlers. Traditionally couples and birth preparation programs have typically been focused on the day of birth rather than what helps couples when they bring their baby home.
The Bringing Baby Home Workshop is a unique educational program for pregnant couples and families with children up to the age of three. The program was developed by relationship experts, Drs John and Julia Gottman at the Relationship Research Institute in Seattle, to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening the parental relationship. The program is based on over 30 years of research and has been tested to ensure its effectiveness.
The program is designed to improve the quality of life for children by teaching parents to:
• Increase friendship in their relationship
• Deal effectively with conflict
• Keep dads involved in infant care and parenting
• Improve the quality of parent-infant interaction
• Recognize the psychological and emotional needs of their child
• Co-parent effectively
• And how to nurture the family environment through the toddler and preschool years.
By supporting parents during this transition the whole family benefits. After years of research, we now know that a couple’s emotional life is the real foundation for a baby’s development. Children who have this foundation do better in school, adapt better socially and are physically and emotionally healthier (Cowan & Cowan, 1995; Gottman, 1999).
Dr. Gottman’s research shows that couples who have participated in the program experience:
• A significantly lower rate of postpartum mood disorders and depression
• A decrease in relationship hostility
• A higher level of relationship satisfaction
• A decreased likelihood of divorce
• An increased level of father involvement and father-infant attachment
• Greater sensitivity and responsiveness to infant signals
• Their babies are calmer, cry less and have fewer language delays at one year
April 4th, 2011 · No Comments