Bringing Baby Home
Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of having a new baby, we neglect to take care of our partnerships. Unfortunately, research has shown that 2/3 of couples experience a drastic decline in relationship satisfaction after the birth of a baby. Drs. Julie and John Gottman, the researchers behind “The Art and Science of Love” workshop, developed a research-based 2-day intervention for new parents called “Bringing Baby Home.” Compared to couples who did not participate in the program, couples who did participate experienced higher relationship quality, better attachment security to their babies, more father involvement with baby, and lower rates of post-partum depression in moms.
For the Bringing Baby Home workshop, we present materials directly from the Gottman Institute using an official Gottman workbook, PowerPoint slides, handouts, discussion, reflection, and skill building. Dr. Hildebrandt, a certified Gottman educator, also includes supplementary material from her years of teaching and researching infant development, her experience with working with parents and children in her practice, and her own personal parenting wisdom.
Couples find the workshop intense, informative, emotional, fun, and enormously helpful.
• 9 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, with breaks for lunch.
• Bringing Baby Home is designed for couples expecting a baby, or who have already transitioned into parenthood. We welcome babes-in-arms to come with parents to the workshop (usually under 6-months).
• $250/couple for 12 hours of workshop, 1-hour of individualized couples' counseling (anytime in the first year of your baby’s life), and Bringing Baby Home supplies and materials.
• Scholarships are available.
• Covered by Microsoft EAP benefits
The price is per couple.
Ursula Hildebrandt, PhD, MSW
Ursula, a native Midwesterner, started out her career in academia, completing a doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of Washington, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Infant Mental Health. She was a professor of psychology at Seattle Pacific University for 11 years before returning to UW for a master’s in clinical social work. She currently maintains a small private practice, leads Bringing Baby Home workshops, and works with young children in foster care through the CHERISH program at Kindering Center. She is the proud and devoted mother to a small zoo: three school-aged children, a dog, a cat, and five chickens.
Lisa Morrell Tankersley, ICCE CGE, TS
Lisa Morrell Tankersley, ICCE CGE, TS. Is a certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Gottman Educator and Training Specialist. Lisa gained her certification through the Gottman Institute and has taught Bringing Baby Home workshops for Swedish Medical Center since 2006. She followed the path to become a training specialist several years later as part of a cohort of childbirth educators through Swedish Hospital, and has participated in several Bringing Baby Home and 7 Principles trainings over the years.
She has been in the childbirth and parenting profession for over 30 years. Lisa began her journey in parenting and relationship education courses through her degree in Early Childhood Education and as the Lead Educator in child development centers. She holds a cherished Adjunct Professor position at Bastyr University as a trainer for The Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations Childbirth Education Trainings. Her work as a postpartum doula allowed Lisa to serve as a lactation specialist for countless families making the transition to parenthood.