Relationships and the birth of a baby
The birth of a new baby is a time of huge change, which can have a big impact on a couple’s relationship. These courses and websites might be helpful if you are expecting or raising a baby, to make sure your relationship is strong and able to cope with the new challenges.
Family Foundations: For couples expecting their first baby together
This free 7-week course is designed to help expectant parents build a strong family unit and fully support their child's development. The course will help you:
- prepare yourself , and your relationship for the birth of your baby
- manage stress and handle difficult situations parenthood can bring
- learn new skills and techniques to strengthen your relationship
- understand the important role each parent plays in their child's life
There are 4 group sessions before the birth and 3 afterwards. The course is also great opportunity to meet other expectant parents. Groups are run both face-to-face and online.
Me, You & Baby Too (Free online course)
This online course has been designed to help couples understand the impact becoming parents has on their relationship, and equip them with skills to cope with the changes this will bring.
It is aimed at parents who are still in a relationship with each other, during pregnancy or in the first 12 months of their child’s life.
The course is based around watching video clips of new parents discussing their experiences and covers:
- Understanding how having a baby changes a relationship
- Learning the things that cause you most stress and how to deal with these
- Skills in how to resolve argument in a positive way
It is ideal for first-time parents, but will still be useful if you already have children. It takes 20-30 minutes to complete and works best when both parents do it together.
If you are a professional working with a couple expecting a baby you can support them access the course by using this Practitioner Guide
The Dad Course
The Dad Course offers men expecting their first baby the opportunity to build the skills, knowledge, confidence and support to be the best parents they possibly can be in the first year of their child’s life.
Over three sessions the course covers:
- Preparing for the birth
- Working as a team
- Practical things like nappy changing and how to hold a baby
There are also informal and supportive meet ups with other new dad after the course has finish.
The course costs £50 but discounts are available. To book a place or find out more phone 07932584373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Find out what happening at your local Children’s Centres in Brighton & Hove
- ICON is a programme that provides information about infant crying and how to cope
- BrightPIP is a charity offering parent/infant psychological therapy to support parents to have positive relationships with their children
- Article on Relate website We’ve just had a baby and we’re arguing all the time