Pacific Parent Counseling | Rachelle Aiello, LMFT: Couples Workshop for New & Expectant Parents

Parent Classes, Workshops & Groups

Join us for our upcoming Bringing Baby Home Workshop!

Dates & Times: March 29, April 5, & April 11 from 10am-3pm 

Location: Lafayette Public Library, Arts & Sciences Center - In the heart of downtown Lafayette, with free parking on-site. Our private training room is on a separate floor from the main library, next to a peaceful outdoor seating area where you can take breaks as needed. Many nearby lunch options as well!

Event Description: This 12-hour course is spread out over 3 days in order to facilitate at-home practice, build community among participants, and accommodate the needs of expecting mothers and parents attending with infants. Babies in arms are welcome. *Note: You must be available for all three dates listed above in order to register for this course.*

Cost: $300 per couple (included: couples registration for all 3 days, Bringing Baby Home New Parents Workshop Couples Materials Set, and light refreshments)

Limited seats available! Click here to sign up:

Learn more about the course:

A psychoeducational class for expectant and new (or new-ish) parents based on 20+ years of relationship research by Drs. John and Julie Gottman with their colleagues, the Bringing Baby Home workshop offers a mixture of educational instruction and interactive exercises to give couples the tools they need in order to be a strong parenting team. The focus of this course is on strengthening your relationship, maintaining a solid foundation of friendship and exploring ways to respond to each other’s needs mindfully, so that both partners feel loved and respected. This workshop is for anyone who is expecting a baby or parenting a child under the age of 3. This class is not intended to be a substitute for couples or individual therapy, although it may work well in addition to those services.

Research results have shown that couples who participated in the Bringing Baby Home Workshop benefited from the following:

  • A higher level of relationship satisfaction and greater likelihood of staying together after the first year of baby’s life.
  • Less hostility expressed by both partners during times of conflict.
  • Having a greater sensitivity and responsiveness to their infant’s signals. This was especially true for fathers.
  • A more secure father-infant attachment.

Babies of couples who participated in the Bringing Baby Home Workshop benefited in the following ways:

  • Smiled and laughed more often during family play at both 3 and 12 months of age.
  • Stronger language skills.

If you have questions, or would like to explore whether this workshop is a good fit for you and your partner, please feel free to contact Rachelle at (510) 298-1007.

Rachelle Aiello
rachelle [at]