Bringing Baby Home

Even the strongest relationships are strained during the transition to parenthood. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework and new fiscal concerns can lead to profound stress and a decline in marital satisfaction – all of which affect baby’s care. Not surprisingly, 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment and hurt feelings.

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

This workshop combines scientific research and public education to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. It teaches new parents how to gain relationship satisfaction and create healthy social, emotional and intellectual development for their children. Click here to learn more about Dr. Gottman’s parenting research.

Upcoming New Parents Workshops presented by Bringing Baby Home Educators:



Little Rock

Instructors: Stephanie Johnston, LCSW
Location: The Healing Arts Studio, 14710 Cantrell Rd, Suite
A7, Little Rock, AR 72223
Dates: Ongoing (the first weekend of every month Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Contact: Stephanie Johnston at (501) 902-5250 or
Information: Parents trying to conceive, expecting parents, parents of newborns & toddlers, or adoptive parents will all benefit tremendously from this workshop and are welcome at The Studio! Visit for tickets and more information. Books and materials are provided as well as beverages and snacks. Babes in arms are welcome to
attend. Only 5 couples per workshop (and it fills up quickly) so reserve your spot well in advance!



Costa Mesa

Instructors: Stephenie Champlin, LCSW and Regina Collins, LMFT
Location: Pathways to Wellness
3505 Cadillac Ave
Building O Suite 109
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
June 2 & 3, 2018
October 6 & 7, 2018
Time: 9:30am- 6:00pm
Information: Designed for both pregnant and new parents, the Bringing Baby Home Program will give you skills and information to recognize and cope successfully with the normal stressors of becoming a family.


Instructors: Amity Kramer
Location: La Maida Institute 11159 La Maida Street, Los Angeles CA 91601
Dates: March 3 & 4, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Contact: Amity Kramer; phone (206)819-1383 or email
Information: Scholarships available, all families welcome. This is a family friendly classroom and lots of soft places to sit. Babies 7 months and under are welcome to attend. Register at

San Jose

Instructor: Lara Elfstrand, MA Early Childhood Special Education & certified Bringing Baby Home educator
Location: See website for class locations!
Saturday & Sunday:
March 3 & 10, 2018
April 7 & 8, 2018
May 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2018
June 23-24, 2018
Time: See website for class times.
Contact: Lara Elfstrand at (408) 679-2220, or e-mail her at
Information: For more information or to sign up, please go to Pre-crawling babies are welcome. CEUs are available for professionals taking this class with their partners.




Instructor: Shelly King, MA, LPC
Location: The Birth Center of Boulder; 2800 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304
Dates: Two day workshop
Saturdays April 7 & 14, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Shelly King , (303) 502-4867 or
Information: Includes workbook and materials from the Gottman Institute. Register by Saturday March 24th and receive 10% off! For more information, or to sign up, please visit or

Lone Tree

Instructor: Elisabeth Cross, MA, Therapist and Certified Bringing Baby Home Educator
Location: Lone Tree, CO
Dates: Mondays starting February 12- March 19, 2018
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Contact: Elisabeth Cross at 720-295-7887 or
Information: Registration closes Friday, February 2nd. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, please visit




Instructor: Janet McIlroy, BBH Educator, MA, ICCE,CD(DONA), Retired Nurse
Location: 4649 Kimberwicke St. Bozeman, Montana
Dates:February 17 and 24, 2018
Time: 1:00PM to 5:00PM
Contact: Janet at (904)514-2523 or on Facebook.
Information: Books and materials included, light snack and beverage provided.




Instructor: DeAnn Jones, Ph.D
Location: 4649 Kimberwicke St. Bozeman, Montana
April 7th and 14th, 2018
July 7th and 14th, 2018
October 6th and 13th, 2018
January 5th and 12th, 2019
Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Contact: For more information email
Information: Free childcare for the 1st six children of parents who sign up. Newborns and lap babies welcome to be with parents during the workshop. Fridge and microwave and other comforts of home available. Great door prizes too!

New York


New York City

Instructor: Robyn Stein DeLuca, Ph.D.
Location: New York City
Dates: Saturday March 3 and 10, 2018
Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Contact: For more information email
Information: The BBH Workshop will run on consecutive Saturdays on March 3 and 10, 2018 at 222 Broadway, Wework, New York, NY 10023, right near the Fulton St. subway stop for the AC, 234, and JZ, and R lines. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a break for lunch. There are
many places for lunch in the area.

North Carolina



Instructor: Sarah B. Raines
Location: Sarah B. Raines Counseling, 390 Merrimon Avenue Asheville, NC 28801
February 17 & 24, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Contact: Sarah B. Raines, LPCA, NCC, CCMC (828)280-6391 or
Information: For more information please visit


Instructor: Keisha Bryan, LCSW, LCAS
Location: Hyatt House Raleigh Durham Airport Hyatt House RDU,
10962 Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville NC 27560
Saturday February 24 & Sunday February 25, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Contact: For more information contact Keisha Bryan at 919-520-9392 or
Information: Visit website for more information.



Lake Oswego

Instructor: Miranda Clark, LPC
Location: Living Groove Counseling, 15110 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Dates: Sunday’s
March 18th and 25th, 2018
April 15th and 22nd, 2018
June 3rd and 10th, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Contact: For more information email
Information: Click here for more details.




Instructor: Allison Burch, certified Bringing Baby Home educator and Bonnie Bartman, RN, MN/E, LCCE, IBCLC
Location: Unity Church of the Hills, Unity Oaks Bldg, Room 204, 9905 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas, 78750
February 23, 24 & 25, 2018
May 18, 19 & 20, 2018
August 3, 4 & 5, 2018
October 26, 27 & 28, 2018
Friday night: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, all day: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday afternoon: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Information: For more information or to sign up, please go to


Instructor: Anne Wright, MSHRD & Bonnie Bartman, MS
Location: Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, 6651 Main St., Houston, TX 77030
March 10 – 11
April 14-15
May 19 & 20, 2018
June 9 & 10, 2018
July 7 & 8, 2018
August 11 & 12, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
Contact: Call 832.825.3276 or email
Information: For more information/to register please click here.


Instructor: Mark Cagle, LPC
Location: Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Plano/Richardson, Plano, TX
February 24th and 25th, 2018
Time:  See website for class times
Information: For more information/to register please click here.



Salt Lake City

Instructor: Jennifer Sorensen Whitaker
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
February 17 & 24
March 3 & 10, 2018
April 21-May 12, 2018
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays
Contact: or (801)428-7296.
Information: For more information, please visit




Instructor: Grace Howarth, Ph.D.
Location: Nova Natural Birth Center, 4200A Technology Court,
Chantilly, VA 20151
Dates: February 25 and March 4, 2018 (Sundays)
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Christine Golden or (571) 234-1057.
Information: For more information, please visit the website.


Instructor: Sarah Kindig, LPC, RPT
Location: Richmond, VA
March 17 & 18
June 23 & 24
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Contact: .
Information: For more information, please visit




Instructor: Deborah Sleeman
Location: EvergreenHealth, Kirkland
February 13, 20, 27
June 2 & 9
Times: Check website for times
Information: Babes in arms welcome. Cost reimbursed for eligible employees through Microsoft’s EAP. Register here or by calling (425) 899-3000.

Instructors: Dave & Suzette Parker
Location: ECF Event Center, Kirkland, WA
April 20-21, 2018
June 8, 2018
Time: Check website for times
Contact: or (425) 269-4806
Information: Microsoft and Expedia benefits pay for this workshop. No benefits? No worries. Ask for a discount code. Register at Coaching for Wholly Living.

Instructor: Christa and John Paul Mantey
Location: Kirkland, WA
Date: November 4th and 11th
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: (484) 431-4173 or
Information: FREE for Microsoft employees.

Instructors: Laine Walsh
Location: Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland WA 98034
March 3rd and 10th
April 7th and 14th
July 14th and 21st
Time: 8:30am-4:00pm
Contact: (425) 587-3360 or or (425) 269-4806
Information: Babies 3 months and younger are welcome. Workshop covered by EAP for Microsoft employees. Advance registration is required. Register here!

Instructors: Rebecca Blankinship
Location: Kirkland, WA
February 3rd and February 11th
March 17th and March 24th
April 28th and April, 29th
May 5th and May 12th
Time: See website for workshop times.
Contact: (360) 708-8519 or
Information: Early bird discount is available. Scholarships are also available (please
email Rebecca,, to inquire). This research-based Gottman Workshop is FREE for Microsoft employees with EAP benefits. Not a Microsoft employee? Inquire with your benefits department to see if your company will cover this workshop. Register at


Instructor: Thresholds – Amity Kramer
Location:  2611 NE 125th St. Suite 80 Seattle, 98125
2018 Workshops
November 11 & 12
December 9 & 10
2018 Workshops
February 24 & 25
March 24 & 25
April 21 & 22
May 26 & 27
June 23 & 24
July 14 & 15
Time: 9am – 5pm
Contact: or 206-819-1383.
Information: Register at Scholarships available, all families welcome. Free Parking. Workshop covered for Microsoft employees. This is a family friendly classroom that includes a kitchen, and lots of soft places to sit. Babies 7 months and under are welcome to attend.

Instructor: Ursula Hildebrandt, PhD, MSW
Location: The Dreamclinic
Roosevelt/Ravenna, 916 NE 65th
Street, Seattle WA 98115
March 3-4, 2018
April 7-8, 2018
May 5-6, 2018
June 2-3, 2018
July 7-8, 2018 *Same-sex couples workshop*
September 1-2, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm (hour lunch on your own), plus one hour of private consultation for you and your partner at my office, your home, or over skype anytime in the first year of your baby’s life.
Contact: Dr. Ursula Hildebrandt at, or 206-409-2931.
Information: Includes workshop, materials, and private consultation. For Microsoft employees, this class is covered by their EAP benefits. For those with Premera Blue Cross, this class is covered as a parenting education class. For more information visit the website

Instructor: Lesli Desai and Megan Slade
Location: 9140 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126
March 3rd and 10th
May 5th and 17th
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Contact: Contact us at
Information: Babies 6 months and under encouraged to attend. We also offer a refresher course for all attendees – which is included in registration! Register at

Instructor: Katie Streit
Location: Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
April 21 and April 28, 2018
June 2 and June 16, 2018
September 15 and September 22, 2018
October 27 and November 3, 2018
Time: 8:30am -3:30pm
Contact: .
Information: Register at Pay what you can. Workshops take place in a welcoming space with a children’s room for babies to play and nap. All families are welcome. My goal is to make these workshops as accessible as possible to families, especially those in South Seattle and South King County.

Seattle / Edmonds / Issaquah

Instructors: Various
Location: Swedish Medical Center campuses (First Hill, Ballard, Edmonds, & Issaquah)
Dates: Ongoing (see Swedish Medical Center website for dates at specific locations)
Information: Please go to this link for more information and to register.




Instructor: Gloria Bannasch, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, CGT
Location: GJB Health Services
711 North Lynndale Drive, Suite 1-A
Appleton, Wisconsin 54914
May 5 & 6, 2018
Times: 8:30am- 5:30pm
Contact: Call (920) 560-4525 or email Gloria at
Information: We are limited to a maximum number of 8 couples for this workshop. The couples who have attended previous workshops have given us the feedback that they appreciate the smaller group size and “warm and inviting atmosphere at our facility. The deadline to register is May 1st, 2018.





Instructor: Nicola Hensler and Rebecca Healy
Location: Naremburn (Sydney, Australia)
Dates:  March 17 and 24, 2018
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: Naremburn Family Centre on +61 2 8425 8700
Information: Babes in arms welcome up to 4 months old. All take-home resources, lunch and refreshments provided. For more enquiries please contact the Naremburn Family Centre on +61 2 8425 8700 or visit here.





Instructor: Lynne and Peter Malcolm
Location: 2nd Floor, 10548 115 Street, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm
Contact: Melissa Redden (780) 989-1360 or
Information: Includes workbook and materials. Early registration before March 31, 2018. Class size is limited – pre-registration is required. Babies not yet mobile are welcome.

Fort McMurray

Instructor: Melissa Redden and Adewunmi Odetundun
Location: Repoll Centre at Shell Place, 1 C.A. Knight Way, Fort McMurray, AB
March 3-4, 2018
June 16-17, 2018
November 17-18, 2018
February 23-24, 2019
Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm each day
Contact: Melissa Redden 780-743-9225 ext. 8 or
Information: To register, please visit and search ‘Bringing Baby Home’ for the next available workshop. Parents are welcome to bring babies not yet crawling.>