Preparing for the changes and challenges of a new baby

Overview

This book focuses on the main areas of change encountered by men and women as they make the transition into parenthood. Text and thought provoking exercises prepare the reader for the emotional, social and psychological changes that may arise as they become parents. The focus is on developing both coping skills and parenting skills.

Contents

The content is designed to improve coping skills and problem solving. Strategies to enhance self-esteem and parenting competency are included. As well as focusing on the impact a baby may have on the couple relationship some strategies to improve communication and reduce conflict are included. Information about the needs and capacities of the newborn help prepare the new parent for what lies ahead and to improve the understanding of baby’s behavioral cues which is helpful for bonding with the baby.

Who is the book for?

This Australian publication is ideal for:

Expectant parents

Friends and relatives looking for a useful baby gift

Health professionals working with expectant and new parents

Work organizations who value their staff commencing parental leave

How is this book different from all others?

This book was written by a team of psychologists who have a wealth of experience working with families making the transition to parenthood. The topics chosen, the interactive exercises and the use of humour and real life examples make the content not only entertaining and engaging but extremely relevant.

The focus is not on the physical aspects of the pregnancy, delivery and postpartum but rather more broadly on assisting parents to manage the complex demands of parenthood by developing helpful coping and parenting skills.

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Further Details

Towards Parenthood has been evaluated as an intervention to prepare couples for the transition to parenthood. Towards Parenthood is able to provide helpful information to make a significant difference in the adjustment to parenthood for women. In a randomised controlled trial, women who received Towards Parenthood antenatally together with phone coach calls were:

  • less anxious
  • less stressed
  • less depressive symptoms
  • experienced less parenting stress during the transition to parenthood than those who did not have TP.

Click here for the research article

The self-help workbook includes nine chapters eight antenatal and one postnatal. Each chapter contains information and activities to generate thought and reflection, conversation and communication between partners.

Chapter 1: Toward Motherhood.
Chapter 2: Toward Fatherhood.
Chapter 3: We’re Expecting! Preparing for Parenthood.
Chapter 4: Caring for Yourself is Caring for Your Baby.
Chapter 5: From Lovers to parents- Managing Relationship Changes.
Chapter 6: Keeping some Balance in your Life.
Chapter 7: Healthy Thinking, Healthy Self.
Chapter 8: Caring for your Newborn Baby.
Chapter 9: welcome to “The Club”.

The workbook has now been published by ACER and was launched on 23 June 2009 by Professor Rob Moodie, Professor of Global Health, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne & Chair of the National Preventative Health Task Force. It is currently in its first reprint.

The program has experienced international interest and is translated into Italian (see www.towardsparenthood.org.au) and has been translated and modified for use in the Netherlands. It is also being used in the United Kingdom.

For more information about the Towards Parenthood program, or to purchase the workbook, click here.

To download the inaugural media release for the Towards Parenthood Workbook, click here.