Are you expecting a baby? Do you want to feel more prepared for parenthood?

Or perhaps you just had a little one and have found the transition a little bumpy?

You’re in the right place. 

Right here, you can find tools and support. Right now, you can focus your attention on what may be the most significant life journey you will ever embark on – the journey into and through parenthood.

And here’s a secret.

The effort and care you put towards your partner and baby right now can help solidify the foundation of your relationship and benefit your entire family for the long run

I’m Stephanie Dueger, PhD, an author, educator, and coach for expectant and new parents. I’ve worked with hundreds of expectant and new parents and their little ones to both: 

  • have an easier transition to parenthood, and 
  • provide their babies with a gentler landing into the family.

How? Through two main pathways. Communication and Connection.

Research shows, and experience validates, that the majority of couples experience a significant decline in relationship satisfaction in the transition to parenthood. 

But the good news is, I believe there is a great deal you can do to make this transition from couple to family easier – more filled with contentment and competence and less with overwhelm and stress.

Join me on this journey today to discover how you can feel more prepared for parenthood.



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What People Are Saying

“Dr. Stephanie Dueger is a warm, kind, brilliant, and compassionate person, who has devoted her life to helping create healthy relationships between humans. Stephanie has more hours of study, research, and practice in this area than most professionals I know. While extremely talented and competent, Stephanie is equally humble and approachable. One cannot help but to feel her care and understanding. If you are ready to take the next steps on your journey, I highly recommend Stephanie to be your guide.”
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Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP
Psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, professor, and trainer
“Dr. Stephanie Dueger has done her own ‘inner work,’ as a human being and a mother. She is well qualified to help people of all ages to thrive, bond, and care for themselves, their families, and others. … Her thoughtful book, Preparing for Parenthood, is an invaluable resource for expectant parents and will help build a strong foundation for babies and their families.”
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Annie Brook, Ph.D., founder of The Brook Institute
Author of Birth’s Hidden Legacy, and The Developing Infant
“Preparing for Parenthood is exactly the type of communication guide the new parents I work with need! Becoming a family is difficult, and the couple’s relationship often suffers. When using this book, much of the relationship stress could be alleviated in the postpartum period, and the whole family would be happier. I think this book should be required reading for all new parents.”
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Dr. Jay Warren
Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractor, Podcaster
“Preparing for Parenthood is an honest, down-to-earth manual for anyone thinking of having a child. Reading this book is like talking with a good friend or therapist who knows the territory because she has lived it and thought deeply about it. I am really happy that a book like this is finally available.”
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Dr. Thomas Verny
author of international bestseller, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (with John Kelly) and founder of the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH)

Winner of a bronze medal for Parenting and Relationships books in The 2022 Global Book Awards.

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Finalist in the 2023 Book Excellence Awards for Parenting Books.

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Parenting is simultaneously heart-opening and heart-wrenching, humbling and humorous, joyful and overwhelming. But this small and indispensable book will help you alleviate stress and answer some of the biggest questions you’ll want to address before your baby arrives.

“Written in a straightforward, conversational manner that effectively engages the reader. Dense with useful considerations that one can easily put into practice.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

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