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Bringing Baby Home

Bringing Baby Home is a relationship workshop hosted by Coaching for Wholly Living, right here in Kirkland, WA. Please check their website for workshop dates.

What is Bringing Baby Home?

WILL OUR RELATIONSHIP AFFECT OUR BABY? Yes!

  • Stress and anxiety have adverse effects on the fetus and child.
  • Satisfying relationships have proven to reduce maternal stress and anxiety and provide an optimal environment for your baby’s mental and physical development.
  • Early relationships set the thermostat for your child’s ability to learn healthy responses to stress both internally and externally.
  • Brain development depends on both genes and experiences.
  • Rapid brain development takes place in the first year of life. Just because a baby cannot understand harsh words does not mean they will not be affected by them.
  • Early interactions directly affect the way the brain is wired.

ARE NEW PARENTS HAPPY? Umm…

Sadly statistics show that 2/3 of couples will suffer a drastic reduction in their happiness soon after a child is born. The reasons? Sleep deprivation, depression and anxiety which can lead to emotional distance and even hostility. The lasting damage this does to a couple’s relationship and their baby’s health and well-being CAN be avoided!

ARE NEW PARENTS DOOMED? NO!

67% of couples who attend a Bringing Baby Home workshop report a significant increase in relationship satisfaction!

Parent-Baby Relations

  • Both fathers and mothers who took the BBH program (compared to those that did not) showed greater sensitivity and responsiveness to their infant’s signals. This was particularly true for fathers.
  • Parents who took the BBH program demonstrated better coparenting abilities in that they were able to work together more positively during family play with their 3-month-old baby.
  • Babies expressed more smiling and laughter during family play if their parents had participated in the BBH program. This was true for both 3 and 12-month-old infants.
  • Several indicators of father-infant attachment security were rated more positively in families who had taken the BBH program.

Infant Development & Temperament

  • There were less language delays in one-year-old infants of parents who took the BBH program.
  • Mothers who took the BBH program rated their babies as showing less distress in response to limitations (such as having a toy out of reach).
  • 1-year-old babies in the workshop group were rated as responding more positively to their fathers’ soothing (this is likely to reflect something about father-baby interaction quality as well as infant temperament).

Father Involvement

  • Fathers who took the BBH program reported being more involved in parenting and feeling more satisfied and appreciated for their parental contributions.
  • The quality of father-baby interactions was more positive if fathers had taken the BBH program.

Couple Relationship Quality

  • Couples who took the BBH program reported high stable relationship quality. Those who did not take the BBH program showed a decline in relationship quality over the first year after the baby’s birth.
  • There was less hostility expressed by both husbands and wives during conflict discussions if they had taken the BBH program.

Parent Psychopathology

  • Fewer mothers who took the BBH program showed symptoms of postpartum depression, the baby blues, and other indicators of psychopathology such as anxiety.
  • Fewer fathers who took the BBH program showed signs of depression, anxiety and other psychopathology after the baby was born.

MORE ABOUT THE RESEARCH:

The Gottman’s research included a randomized clinical trial study with long-term follow up. That workshop has now been taught to more than 1,000 birth educators from 24 countries.

This workshop is based on decades of research by Drs. John and Julie Gottman.

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