New to Brighton and Hove… Staying Close After Baby:
The Antenatal Group Focused On Your New Life As Parents
Staying Close After Baby is a new kind of antenatal group. It gives couples a great opportunity, to prepare together for your journey into parenthood.
Whether you’re thinking about trying to conceive or adopt, or already expecting a baby, this is a very exciting time. Certainly you can expect many moments of great joy in your future.
So the time when you add another member to your family unit can be wonderful. And it can also present a number of challenges.
Therefore, if you ask for their honest feedback, most parents will tell you that their baby’s arrival put a bit of a strain on their relationship.
The Gottman Institute has been doing research into what makes relationships work for over 40 years. And they have found that 67% of couples had become very unhappy with each other during the first three years after having a baby. Eek!
Above all, babies are quite possibly the best people on the planet. But being completely dependent on you, they create a lot of work. Babies need constant care, which means you lose some freedom. They need constant feeding, which means you lose a lot of sleep. They make a lot of noise. And working out what they want and how best to take care of them can often be stressful, especially when you disagree.
So none of this creates the ideal environment for you to relax and enjoy each other. Never mind to find the mental space to make sense of what it all this change means to you. Like what it means to you to be Mum or Dad.
Introducing Staying Close After Baby: The Antenatal Group That Prepares You For Parenthood
However, the great news is that you can develop the skills you need to make this transition as comfortable as possible.
At the Staying Close After Baby Relationship Workshop, you can learn what you need to do to be part of the 33% who maintain and even increase relationship satisfaction as you become parents.
The workshop is led by BACP accredited couples counsellor and workshop leader Catherine Topham Sly.
It is based on research data from over 3000 couples. This is research that focuses on what works and what doesn’t to keep relationships stable and happy.
So in a relaxed and supportive group environment, you’ll meet other parents who are also committed to staying close after baby.
Together you’ll learn how to:
- Strengthen your friendship
- Improve communication
- Increase affection
- Enjoy more intimacy
- Manage conflict like pros
- Be the best parenting team possible
Probably you’re really busy preparing for your baby’s arrival. You might have looked into antenatal classes or hypnobirthing. Similarly, you have probably spent hours deciding on the perfect pram.
In short, don’t miss out on preparing the most important thing of all: your relationship. Because happy couples make strong families.
Staying Close After Baby: The Details
The group will run on 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm at Ralli Hall in Hove.
Dates TBC – please register your interest for more info.
The cost of the workshop will be £190 per couple.
Staying Close After Baby: Book Your Place Now or Register Your Interest
Please use the form below to either book a place on the April 2019 workshop or register your interest for a future one.
If you already have children and are interested in a similar workshop, Staying Close After Kids will be launched later this year. Please use the same form and include the word “kids” in the last information box.