Bringing Baby Home

For couples in committed relationships, assisting them in understanding and applying to their own marriages, groundbreaking research about what makes marriages work, versus what makes marriages deteriorate and ultimately fail.

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Bringing the Baby Home (BBH) is a two day psycho-educational and hands on practical program that was created by the Drs. John and Julie Gottman to help prepare couples for the changes and challenges that come with the birth of a child. The program aims to provide the tools couples need to be the best parents they can be while maintaining the quality of their relationship and building a strong and healthy family together.

Research shows that 2/3 couples will experience a significant drop in relationship satisfaction within 3 years of child’s birth. The challenges for new parents include a decrease in relationship quality, emotional changes such as the experience of postpartum depression or baby blues, and fathers experiencing depression and feelings of displacement. 

Research conducted by The Gottman Institute has shown that a couple’s relationship health is foundational to their child’s development, including their child’s achievement of physical milestones, language development, and establishing secure attachment and bonding with their father and mother. 

BBH teaches couples how to strengthen their friendship, increase intimacy and regulate conflict. Parents also learn how to co-parent effectively - learning how both parents can be kept involved.  

Research clearly shows that children thrive in a home where their parents love one another, care for one another, and where conflict is managed in such a way that the relationship intimacy of both parents, and their children is strengthened.  

It is our hope that as expectant parents, or parents of little ones (0-3yo) that you come along to the Bringing the Baby Home Workshop where you will learn how to give your child “the greatest gift…a strong relationship between you and your partner” (Dr. John Gottman, PhD).  Please come and join us to Learn What it is to REALLY LOVE one another; and together, to really love your bub.

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Regulate conflict and manage conflict

  • How to strengthen a couple’s friendship

  • Increase intimacy. 

  • Learn how to co-parent effectively - learning how both parents can be kept involved. 

  • 67% of couples who attend the bringing the baby home workshop report a significant increase in relationship satisfaction.

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  • They are more satisfied in their relationship,

  • Show greater sensitivity and responsiveness to their infants signal's

  • Are more able to work together in family play and in co-parenting, with greater father involvement and more secure father-infant attachment

  • Show a decrease in symptoms of post-partum depression, anxiety and other psychopathology in both mother and father

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  • Promotes emotional, social, cognitive and physical development

  • Children develop the ability to self soothe and are less distressed

  • Children sleep longer and cry less

  • Children are shown to learn complex language faster

  • They form greater attachment security with parents

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Couples that would benefit from this workshop:

  • Pre-engaged

  • Engaged

  • Everyone from newlyweds to seniors

  • Those who wish to enhance a good marriage

  • Those who wish to gain conflict management skills


Couples that this workshop is not suited for:

  • Those with severe relationship distress-

  • Those with significant emotional or physical abuse

  • Those with addictions to drugs, alcohol or gambling

  • Those with serious mental health problems


If you are unsure if you should attend, contact us and we'll help you to assess if this workshop is for worries at all!

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Amanda has been married for 11 years and together with her husband, Owen for 16 years.  A Sexologist, Clinical Counsellor, Vice-President of Marriage and Relationship Educators of Australia and Director of her private practice.  Amanda is a night owl and her husband loves his sleep and when you need  plans adjusted...Amanda is quite flexible whereas her husband likes a bit of a plan before he commits.  Amanda fully practices what she preaches...and is thankful that her husband doesn't mind being the guinea pig...for a LOT of different relationship activities.

They are still in love with each other, they disagree and yes, life sometimes gets in the way but, they are committed to their marriage and Amanda is so passionate about relationships that she wants to help any and all couples learn how to create and develop the most fulfilling relationships.

With more than 17 years of clinical and academic experience, Amanda has completed Levels 1, 2 & 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and she is the state trainer in the Prepare-Enrich program for Australia.  Amanda uses both methods in her work with clients (and even in her own relationship).

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Presented by Clinical Counsellor and Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Gottman Leader, Amanda Lambros, this workshop includes:

  • 12 hours of combined presentations, psycho-educational skills training and presenter role plays demonstrating the use of Gottman Skills.

  • Opportunity to practice skills with your partner in a safe and private environment

  • Bringing the Baby Home Box Set which includes BBH Couples Work Book, Bringing Your Baby Home card decks

  • Fully catered morning, afternoon tea and lunch

  • Presented by Principal Psychologist and Co-Director of Motivating Marriages Psychology Adrian Lumbewe:

  • A Clinical Case Study: “Parent Therapy: From Connected Couple to Lonely and Isolated Parents”

  • Providing couples with an insight into what happens when a couple experiences emotional disengagement after the birth of their baby

  • Participants will be introduced to the process of therapy via clinical case study

  • You will learn what happens in the Gottman assessment and treatment planning phases of therapy

  • See how a therapist will begin to work with a couple to assist them in navigating their relationship difficulties

  • The purpose of this presentation is two-fold, (1) offering participants insight into a next step, if they feel they need some more individualized treatment after their workshop skills training, and (2) to dispel the fears and myths that couples have about attending therapy.  You will learn about Gottman Methods Couples Therapy, gentle, collaborative and non-blaming approach to helping couples understand what makes marriages work

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Can I bring my baby? 

Yes, you can bring your baby as long your baby is not too mobile  (usually under 6 months old) as we have a limited amount of space. If you think having your baby will be too distracting to actively participate in the workshop please arrange for childcare.

Is it better to take the class before or after we have our baby? 

Both can be valuable. It depends on your schedule and preferences. The workshop is designed for expecting parents but couples have found the content very relevant even after having their baby.

What is the optimum time-frame for taking the class? 

We recommend that you either take the workshop up to one month prior to your due date or at least a month after the birth of your baby. This will help you make the best out of the workshop and reduce the likelihood of you have to cancel the workshop at the last minute.

Can I take the class if this is not my first baby? 

Absolutely. Couples have found it relevant and useful after having several children.


Is this a parenting class? 

No. This class is focused on strengthening the relationship with your partner as you make the transition to having your baby.

Can only one partner attend the workshop?

No. All the practice exercises you will do require that you converse with your partner.