Bringing Baby Home Workshops

Becoming a parent…

Wouldn’t it be amazing to know what to expect, to have tools to deal with the changes, and to have time set aside to understand each other’s needs and feelings?

The Gottman Institute’s research-based Bringing Baby Home workshops prepare couples for life with a baby and help them be the best parenting team possible. In a relaxed and supportive environment, parents learn to strengthen their relationship and foster their baby’s development. They build on what Dr. Gottman and colleagues found is the best predictor of marital adjustment after a new baby arrives: the quality of friendship in the relationship.

When babies grow up in a home with a positive, playful parenting team, they feel safe and nurtured and available to learn. They cry less, they smile more, and their parents’ cooperation helps them to pay better attention during play time so that they get more out of it.


John Gottman describes the Bringing Baby Home program below.


Couples who have participated in the program…

  • Were more satisfied in their relationship and were more likely to stay together
  • Were better prepared to bring their baby home
  • Were more able to work together in family play and in co-parenting, with greater father involvement and more secure father-infant attachment
  • Had lower incidence and severity of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.


Benefits for children…

  • Had stronger language skills and cognitive scores
  • Smiled and laughed more during family play at 3 and 12 months of age

The workshop is best taken before or during pregnancy (preferably second trimester), but it can be taken any time after baby is born. Pre-crawling babies are welcome to face to face sessions.


When should we take the Bringing Baby Home workshop?

Bringing Baby Home classes are relevant to young couples and families in a variety of life stages—considering parenthood, expecting a baby, or with an infant or toddler at home.

Bringing Baby Home is focused on building rituals of connection that will last the lifetime. It is applicable whether it is your first baby, or you have other children at home. However, the earlier you take the class, the more opportunity you have to practice the material before you need it.


How much is the Gottman Bringing Baby Home Workshop?

The cost of $500 includes:

  • An electonic copy of the 350+ page Bringing Baby Home manual
  • Presentation by Anne – Gottman trained therapist and Bringing Baby Home Educator – covering topics such as: forming a strong connection with your baby, looking after your couple relationship, and caring for your mental health
  • Time for activities as a couple in which you practice the skills you’re learning on the day (Anne is available to support you as needed) 
  • Morning and afternoon tea. Nearby eateries are available for lunch.

What you gain from the day is an invaluable investment in yourselves and in the family you are creating

You may be eligible for rebates from your health insurance provider.



Register to attend a Bringing Baby Home workshop below

Or phone Anne on 0432 99 88 31

The next Starting Strong with the Gottman Bringing Baby Home workshop is on

Sunday 4th August 8.45am – 5.30pm, Hawthorn

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 As a health professional supporting patients in the perinatal period you want the very best for the families you support. Whether you’re an obstetrician, GP, midwife, maternal and child health nurse or allied health professional you want more than a healthy pregnancy, safe delivery or a great start to a new life. You want a baby to belong in a stable, loving home; one that supports growth and development into a happy and secure childhood, adolescence and adulthood.


The reality is that transition to parenthood is tough. John Gottman found that 60% of parents in the first year say they don’t feel as close as they did prior to baby’s arrival. For parents to learn evidence-based, practical skills for strengthening their relationship is a huge gift. John Gottman says that the greatest gift children can have is a strong relationship between their parents.

The Bringing Baby Home workshop supports couples, as they transition to parenthood, to strengthen their own relationship skills, building their capacity to be the kind of parents they really want to be.

Bringing Baby Home is a fun, engaging, evidence-based education program to support parents at this critical stage of life.


Anne is also accepting referrals for expectant, new, and early years parents for individual and couple therapy to support emotional and relational wellbeing.


Anne would be very happy to discuss how she can work with you to offer your patients and their families the very best of care.