Bringing Baby Home


Bringing a new baby home is physically and emotionally one of the most significant events that can happen in a couple’s lifetime.

We see pictures of ‘loved up’ new parents smiling at their new baby – holding hands as the 3 of them stroll through parks – beaming happy faces of untold love and joy.  And while all these fabulous things can, and do, happen, often the reality of bringing a new baby home can also bring confusion, fear, uncertainty, and for 69% it can bring a significant relationship decline between the new Mum and Dad!  69% is 7 out of 10 couples.

So what happens when ‘you and me’ become ‘three’?Bringing Baby Home Educator Samford Psychologist

The Bringing Baby Home Workshop is held over 3 mornings and is a hands-on psycho-educational course designed to provide new or expectant parents with the tools, knowledge, and skills to help them face the myriad of changes and new experiences associated with bringing their first baby home. Bringing Baby Home introduces you to a range of evidenced based tools, strategies and concepts to help you maintain a stable, close and loving relationship during this important transition experience.

Is this right for us?

How will it help the baby?

Research conducted by The Gottman Institute has shown that children thrive in a home where:

  1. their parents love one another, care for one another, and
  2. where conflict is managed in such a way that the relationship intimacy of both parents, and their children is strengthened.

In fact, relationship health is foundational to the child’s development, including the child’s achievement of physical milestones, language development, and establishing secure attachment and bonding with father and mother.


Couples that would benefit from this workshop:

  • Couples expecting a baby or with young children 0-3 yrs of age
  • Everyone from non-married couples at the beginning of their commitment to senior married couples
  • Those who wish to enhance a good marriage by strengthening their friendship and increasing intimacy
  • Those who wish to gain conflict management skills and how to co-parent effectively

How you will benefit as a couple:

  • Couples are more satisfied in their relationship
  • Couples show greater sensitivity and responsiveness to their baby’s signal’s
  • Couples are more able to work together in family play and in co-parenting,
  • Family has greater father involvement and more secure father-infant attachment
  • Parents show a decrease in symptoms of post-partum depression, anxiety and other psychopathology in both mother and father
  • Dr. John Gottmman said “the greatest gift…a strong relationship between you and your partner”. Please come and join us to Learn What it is to love one another; and together, to really love your baby. Even if you already have a little bundle of joy at home … or a couple of them … this is for you.
  • If you are unsure if you should attend, contact us and we’ll help you to assess if this workshop is for you…no worries at all!

Please Note: This workshop is focussed on providing information & teaching relationship enhancing skills to couples when they are bringing a baby home. It should not be considered a substitute for therapy. Participants will not be required to disclose information to the group. This workshop is not suited for couples with severe relationship distress, with significant emotional or physical abuse, with addictions to drugs, alcohol or gambling or those with serious mental health problems. If you are unsure if you should attend, or to ask specific questions, just get in touch here.

Workshop Details


Presented by Psychologist and Bringing Baby Home Educator, Kristina Challands, this workshop includes:

    • 12 hours of combined presentations, psycho-educational skills training and presenter role plays demonstrating the use of Gottman Skills delivered over 3 Saturday mornings.
    • Opportunity to practice skills with your partner in a safe and private environment
    • Bringing the Baby Home Couples Work Book
    • Morning tea and free parking onsite
    • Providing couples with an insight into what happens when a couple experiences emotional disengagement after the birth of their baby

Workshop booking information & fees:

  • 12 hour program that is delivered over three Saturday mornings or afternoons
  • Choose between a face to face group workshop, or contact us for private session options.
  • Price per couple: $390
  • Register your interest for upcoming workshop dates in: May 2019, August 2019, October 2019


  • How to cope with the changes brought about by bringing your baby home
  • How to stay connected to your partner, with friendship as well as intimacy, during the transition from being a couple to being a family
  • How to promote the development of a healthier baby and help them in their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development
  • How to deal with the “baby blues” and decrease the chance of post-partum depression. For both Mum & Dad!
  • 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.

Your Workshop Leader

Samford Couples Psychologist seven principles for making marriage work

Kristina, a mother of five adult children including three stepchildren, has been married to her second husband for eleven years. Following a career in business and time spent raising a family, Kristina returned to study to fulfil a long held interest in the practice of psychology setting up her own practice to provide evidence-based psychological services for individuals and couples.

Working with couples as they experience the joys of deepening their connection through therapy, has inspired Kristina to train in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, to become a qualified Seven Principle for Making Marriage Work Leader, and a Bringing Baby Home Educator. Kristina feels privileged to  witness couples as they journey from ‘disasters’ to ‘masters’ of relationships. As humans our greatest joy is in our connections.

“Raising children, going through a divorce, starting a new commitment and bringing a new family together later in life, all of these things have taught me that life isn’t simple… we all need to talk in challenging times.” “My clients inspire me. It’s a privilege to work with people who are coping with difficult circumstances, building new skills and making changes in their lives.” Kristina Challands

FAQs – still have some more questions?

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.


Tell me more about the Gottmans

Bringing the Baby Home was created by Drs. John and Julie Gottman to help prepare couples for the changes and challenges that come with the birth of a child by providing 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 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.


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.

Can only one partner attend the workshop?

No. All the practice exercises you will do require that you converse with your partner or other significant caregiver.

 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.

 Where is the workshop held?

We will be running the Bringing Baby Home workshop at a country retreat in Brisbane North-side. If you are interested in private at home sessions, please contact me here.

​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.

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Kristina Challands Psychologist

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Call 0487 480 120

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Kristina Challands Psychologist

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