Discover how to provide relationship-informed guidance and a deeper level of family-centred support in only 8 weeks.
The first few days, weeks and months in the life of a new family can shape their next few years. And yet, much changes for parents over this time. Parenthood is a unique time for couples, and it often occurs relatively early in their relationship. New mothers, fathers and parents are confronted with sensitive, complex and layered challenges that most are not prepared or ready for. It's a rollercoaster for them.
Perinatal intimate partner relationship satisfaction, mental health, and emotional wellbeing are intertwined. And, according to research:
- 92% of parents report increased conflict in their relationship in their first year as a family.
- 1 in 3 mothers and 1 in 5 fathers struggle with their mental health during this critical year.
- 76% of mothers don't reach out for help until they're beyond the point of coping.
The great news is that intimate partner relationships are also a protective factor: new parents satisfied with their relationship report higher self-esteem and closer bonding with their baby. The whole family benefits! Becoming Us provides a map, a pathway and steps for care providers to support this.
Sharing relationship-informed guidance with mothers, fathers, parents and partners can help them to:
- avoid inadvertently creating more stress for each other
- support each other and manage challenges as a team
- link into wider family, professional and community supports before they need it, and
- support secure attachment for each other and their baby (what we call "whole family bonding").
In line with emerging international recommendations for a “whole family” approach, the Becoming Us Intensive provides Postnatal/Postpartum care professionals with foundations and frameworks to get new families off to the best possible start.
This program provides everything you need to guide and support the holistic wellbeing of the whole family through their most vulnerable and formative time.
Best yet, see the difference this family-centred care can make for you - and for them.
NEW: Jun/July 2023 Intensive EARLY BIRD closing SOON!
Please book early. Spaces are strictly limited!
This is a gigantic missing piece of the puzzle. Becoming Us is a game-changer for parents and professionals.
Sally Placksin, Author of Mothering the New Mother, NYC
This training has given me such a fresh perspective, renewed energy and enthusiasm. I now have a deeper, richer knowledge of what the adjustment to parenthood truly is, what my role can be and offer genuine and helpful support to the parents I work with.
Ariadne Brill, New Parent Educator and Coach, Switzerland
I know that changes to their relationship is parents' biggest challenge, and yet the most helpful in navigating all the others: if the couple is working well together everything else can get sorted. Before now I haven't known a way to help couples through this. Evidence-based, thought provoking and practical, after this training my work has so much more depth and power to make a difference for new families.
Tracey Anderson Askew, Transform Parenting, ACT
Make a difference for parents and partners
The Becoming Us Postnatal Professional Intensive is designed for:
Birth and postnatal doulas
Allied healthcare professionals
Infant massage therapists
Infant sleep consultants
What you'll learn:
- Three main long-term relationship stages
- Bonding and attachment (babies and adults)
- Twelve transitions of parenthood
- The benefits of relationship-informed work
- Using neuroplasticity to plant prevention seeds
- Preparing expectant parents for life as a new family
- Postnatal nesting, resting and whole family bonding
- Adjusting expectations of life, self, partner, baby and others
- Supporting self-care, partner care and baby care
- Understanding mixed emotions of the perinatal period
- Supporting self-esteem and new sense of identity
- Managing communication and conflict to bring couples closer
- Bonding couples through layers of intimacy
- Minimising risks for intimate partner abuse, addictions and infidelity
- Growing through PMH issues, trauma, loss and grief
- Reflecting on your own journey
- Celebrating all that you bring to your important role
Help parents to grow their love as they go
Included in the Intensive:
Fourteen online self-paced educational sessions.
Eight weekly small group live zoom discussion and Q&A sessions. Dates and times below.
Handouts and resources to use with individual parents, couples and/or groups from Day One.
Optional monthly peer support group zoom calls to meet international colleagues, share challenges and have community support.
Access to our private facebook group where we post new research to stay updated.
Forever access to it all.
June/July 2023 Dates and Times
Each week of this unique Intensive contains two self-paced online sessions followed by a live zoom discussion and Q&A call at the end of the week.
Becoming Us Level I:
- Week 1 from May 27th
- Week 2 from June 3rd
Becoming Us Level II:
- Week 3 from June 10th
- Week 4 from June 17th
- Week 5 from June 24th
- Week 6 from July 1st
Becoming Us Level III:
- Week 7 from July 8th
- Week 8 from July 15th
Live zoom discussion calls are on Fridays at 11.30 am Sydney Time (Thursday afternoons/evenings in the U.S. and Canada). Please check this time zone converter for your local date and time before committing to this course.
Can you say a training is beautiful? Because this training is beautiful!
Diane Speier PhD., Birth Professional and Psychotherapist, Manchester, UK
Are you ready for a new training experience?
Meet your Facilitators
Elly is a perinatal relationship expert, multi award-winning author and founder of Becoming Us. As a relationship counsellor, Elly began studying the transition into parenthood when she became aware of both the unique challenges and opportunities for parents and families at this time. Based on the stories of hundreds of mothers, fathers and parents and research in adult attachment, Elly created Becoming Us, a relationship-developmental approach to pregnancy and early parenthood.
Elly has served as a subject matter expert for Monash University, The Australian Catholic University, Newcastle University (SMS4DADS) and Columbia University research projects and has been invited to speak at conferences and events internationally.
Elly's passion is sharing the benefits of relationship-informed care for parents, families, providers and communities. She is excited to be working currently with NSW Health to implement Becoming Us courses in her local area, including in the two hospitals where her three children were born.
Patricia Soriano Guzman
Patricia is an Allied Healthcare Professional specialising in perinatal support services. Since 2011, Patti has pursued advanced education with leading organisations in lactation, perinatal mental health, prepared childbirth and infant development. As of 2017, Patti oversees outpatient clinical lactation, prenatal education, postpartum social group support and perinatal community events on behalf of Montefiore Nyack Hospital, New York.
Patti has been featured as a presenter and guest speaker for a variety of healthcare events and her accomplishments have been recognised by local and international organisations. Most recently, she created and delivered a 20-hour Lactation Continuing Education webinar sponsored by the NYS Department of Health.
Patti is committed to advancing holistic family-centred perinatal care and empowering families as they grow. A first-generation Dominican-American, Patti is also a proud wife and mother of three young children.
Some final considerations
This intensive training is designed for personal and professional development. Participants will be invited to reflect on their own journey of parenthood. This intensive training is not suitable for individuals who are currently or recently experiencing relationship crises. Please see the enrol any time, self-paced training options as alternatives.
Please allow around 60 mins for the video portion of each session. There are also optional extra reading and links. Please also be prepared to allow for reflection, processing, practice and integration time in between sessions eg. a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule is ideal.
The Becoming Us Intensive is approved by Postpartum Support International (PSI) as an alternative track for advanced training. Attendance at all live zoom sessions is mandatory for this. The Becoming Us self-paced training is approved for PSI PMH-C re-certification and 22 CEUs.
Finally, please note prices are in US dollars. Please check your local currency conversion before committing. For organisational discounts and group enrollments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I'm really enjoying the clarity of this course. It's given me the steps needed for smooth navigation through the monumental shifts and resetting that's thrown upon parents.
There's nothing more important to me than a loving foundation for children. The training helps me share important perspectives for growing families and how to move through challenges into a beautiful life."
Brett Darnesh, Parenting and Relationship Coach,
Coffs Harbour, Australia
"One of THE most empowering experiences I've had in my many years of continuing education and professional development."
Erika Stroh, Parenting Coach, Long Island, NY.
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