I remember my partner and I struggling through the first year after having our first baby. We were totally and completely in love with this new being. And after being together for 6 years prior this new being was much more interesting that anything either one of us had going on. We stopped turning toward each other and instead turned toward the baby. Our connection became less secure and we fought on the weekends. But once we started worrying that our conflict was affecting the baby we made some changes and got some help. Since then I have talked with over 30 moms or dads and everyone describes the same pattern: relationship lows after the first baby is born.
In fact, the research shows that 69% of couples will experience significant deterioration in their relationship after having a baby. This information comes from world-renowned John Gottman and his team at his Seattle-based Couples Research Lab.
That’s why I’m having this new workshop. Here’s the blurb:
For Pregnant Couples: Protecting your New Relationship
You have prepared for the labour and birth but have you prepared for one of the biggest changes of all – the birth of a new couple relationship?
Research by Seattle’s internationally recognized John Gottman shows that 70% of couples experience significant relationship distress when they become parents for the first time! Couples may separate or divorce needlessly, thinking that the problem is within the other partner. The truth is that all relationships change after a baby is born.
This is where Natalie comes in. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Mom to 2 young kids so she has been there. Her hope is to use her experience and expertise to help keep new families together, one couple at a time.
Please join her in an exciting and affordable new workshop where you will come away with insight into why relationships change after a baby is born and what you can do to protect yours, now and after the baby comes.
You will learn how to make the transition to parenthood easier on you, your partner and your baby. You will be giving your baby the best chance to grow a healthy brain, right from the start. You will be taking steps that will prevent post-partum depression.
Natalie’s presentations are passionate and full of real life examples. Her presentations are also grounded in theory and the latest research.
Couples will not be expected to share their personal lives in this small group.
Saturday August 22, 2015
10am to noon
New Westminster Professional Building
625 5th Avenue, suite 607, New Westminster, BC
By donation (suggested donation $30 per couple, if able)
Light refreshments provided
To register or to enquire about alternate dates:
Phone (604) 816-6532 or email info@NatalieHansenCounselling.com
About the presenter:
Natalie Hansen, MA, RCC obtained her Masters Degree at UBC in Counselling Psychology in 2007. She has worked in counselling and front line helping positions providing trauma counselling and women’s advocacy. She launched her private practice in 2012, which is open to all and focused on counselling and workshops for individuals, couples, parents and workers. After taking some time to focus on parenting her two young kids she is re-launching her practice in New Westminster in August 2015. Stay tuned to NatalieHansenCounselling.com for more information.
Natalie Hansen, MA, RCC