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Bringing Baby Home Program
June 26, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$240 - $400
Cost: $250 to $400 per couple
One to two-day workshop
Are you an expectant or new parent? Our research-based Bringing Baby Home workshops prepare you for life with baby and teach you to be the best parenting team possible. In a relaxed and supportive environment with a trained facilitator, learn how to strengthen your relationship with your partner and foster your baby’s development during this new and challenging time in your life
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.