If your first baby changes everything in the life of a parent, multiply the chaos by two parents, then two by two to get miscommunications, irritability, sleep deprivation, lack of intimacy, and rage.
So, is it a surprise that two thirds of couples experience less satisfaction in their relationship after the birth of a baby?
Did you know that we can make it better?!
Whether you are just beginning to plan your family or several years postpartum, prioritize the foundation of your family. Invest in your love and feel loved.
What can you expect in "Relationships After Baby"?
Abby, the author and instructor of "Prevent Postpartum Depression" is back with guest instructors, including:
- Jen Varela, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach® - Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Owner of Sugar Night Night and Co-Author of Loved to Sleep
- Sofia Fortin, Certified Authentic Tantra Coach and Sex Educator
- Chelsea Skaggs, Postpartum Coach, of Strive Less Live More and Postpartum Together
- Janisha Street, a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and Doctoral Student
- Daniel Singley, PhD, ABPP, psychologist and paternal mental health expert of the Center for Men's Excellence and Postpartum Support International.
Similar in format to our flagship course "Prevent Postpartum Depression," "Relationships After Baby" combines
- seven videos addressing the most common issues couples face
- 20+ lectures combining readings, a private discussion forum, and questions for guided journaling and/or discussion with your partner in a self-paced course you can take on your own or together with your partner
- As a bonus, there are over 12 free handouts and worksheets to download on getting sleep for the whole family, sex postpartum, anger and how to structure communication!
Abby has a successful private practice in San Diego, CA, where she specializes in perinatal mental health. This includes anxiety and depression during pregnancy, postpartum, trying to conceive, parenting, infertility, loss, and trauma.
Abby is also the mother of two and is passionate about supporting new parents. This stage of life can be brutal, or it can be transcendentally lovely. Let's make that difference!
"I am SO thrilled I was able to take this relationship after baby course. I will say, my perspective comes as a mom who is 18 months postpartum, but also 5.5 months pregnant with baby number two. Although my husband and I do have an overall great relationship, we sure did experience some issues after our son was born (increased arguments, feelings of resentment, poor communication and decreased physical intimacy). After taking this course I not only feel MORE prepared on how we can keep our relationship strong as we tackle life as parents of two under two, but there's also lots of information we've already been implementing to keep us on a good strong road as we lead up to welcoming our second baby! The other part I enjoyed is you can totally get your partner involved in this course! Often times my husband would watch the videos with me and partake in the lessons within the course which was a fun way for us to reconnect as well. Thank you, Abby, for creating ANOTHER amazing course for new moms/parents to make sure they have the support they need as they head into parenthood (even if it's the second or third time around!)"
StartOverview (video) (10:10)
StartYou, me, parents, lovers
StartReflective listening (5:44)
StartGetting defensive and flooded
StartEffective time outs
StartThe 6 second kiss (3:06)
StartScreen both parents for PMADs
StartAnger and Rage: the postpartum symptoms you never expect
StartIntimacy and sex postpartum
StartIn need of sleep - like NOW!!!
"Abby, is a unique individual in her ability to be present, empathic and provide clear educated responses of support. She is the real deal. What you experience from her professionally is the same person you experience personally. She is able to provide feedback based in truth and knowledge, wrapped in kindness. She is a lady of strength and dignity. Her professional standards and boundaries are of the utmost integrity.
"I say all these personal things because when you are dealing with issues of the heart you want someone to walk with you, able to lead when required but also able to let you walk at your pace when needed. Abby can do that, she knows how to meet and support you "where you are at." As a professional who works with Mom's suffering with sleep deprivation, I have no hesitation in referring Abby to counsel my clients struggling with postpartum depression, marital communication issues or wanting direction on how to manage the complexity of parenting. It is an honor to write this review. If you are able to work with Abby then I say "lucky you"... things are going get better!"
— Jen Varela, Baby Sleep Expert/Sugar Night Night and Postpartum Support International California State Chapter Liaison
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"The Skills and Strategy section is so supportive. It left me feeling hopeful and gave me good structure for ways to refine my self-care moving forward. Overall, I feel like this course is something every new mom or mom-to-be could benefit from, learning ways to understand, reflect on, and self-guide their transition to motherhood in a healthy way. Becoming a mother can be messy and difficult, and this course helps women anticipate, embrace, and work through that transition, as well as recognize when and how additional clinical supports could be helpful. Abby has such a gentle and clear style of coaching. She exudes such calmness/wellness it is nice to know that she is a mom and has been through this transition to motherhood and has come out the other side. Seriously, this course inspired me to take better care of myself and be more understanding of my needs."
- Caitlin C
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"I can't say enough wonderful things about Abby. She led a new mom support group that I attended weekly for several months, where she helped ease my transition into parenthood (along with all of its joys and stresses). She facilitated great group discussions in a format that made it very easy to share and be heard. By encouraging us to meet up outside the meeting, she helped me find an awesome support network of 'mom friends' (that I still chat with every day!)
Abby is genuine, caring, and professional. I am so grateful to have her as a resource, and would recommend her to anyone who is experiencing stress, anxiety, or needs help with a life transition--especially new parents!"
— Jennifer F