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Preparing for Parenthood: The 6-Week Interactive Experience for Couples Expecting Their First Baby

Are you a couple expecting your first baby? Do you want to strengthen your relationship and feel aligned and confident as a couple in the transition to becoming parents?

While bringing a baby into your family can be a truly joyful and welcome experience, research also shows that the majority of couples experience a sudden and significant drop in relationship satisfaction following the birth of a child. From differing expectations to sleep deprivation to a complete overhaul in the way you live your lives, becoming a family is a tremendous rite of passage.

But while the potent lived experience of becoming a parent will likely have some bumps for everyone, there is still much you can do to prepare mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Parenthood can sometimes feel like a secret club. Ask most people about the experience of becoming a parent and you will likely hear that it is some combination of amazing and humbling. And new parents understandably often feel overwhelmed with the many questions they have.

Enter…

Preparing for Parenthood: The 6-Week Interactive Experience for Couples Expecting Their First Baby

It’s like having your own early-admittance, exclusive pass into the secret parenthood club.

Here you will:

• Learn the biggest concerns couples face when becoming new parents and how to discuss them.

 Find your unique strengths as a couple and address any challenges as you embark on this journey together.

 Develop greater confidence as parents so you can feel connected and aligned as well as relaxed and prepared.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to complete the three stages of the Preparing for Parenthood Process in only six weeks with your partner, so you will feel more connected and aligned as a couple when you enter parenthood and more confident and competent in navigating challenges together.

You and your partner will:

  1. Grow more aligned and clear on your journey from couple to parents together in only six weeks so you can enter parenthood feeling more relaxed and confident.
  2. Gain weekly support from other couples expecting their first babies as well as from an expert coach and experienced parent, so you can clarify your strengths and challenges and receive guidance with your pressing questions or concerns.
  3. Build on this support through a private Facebook group, so you can create community, and connect with others who are also going through this momentous rite of passage.
  4. Engage in weekly group coaching calls and fun activities so you can keep your momentum going to mission accomplished.
  5. Receive deeper private couple’s coaching support from Dr. Dueger so you can have more personal questions or concerns regarding your couple foundation or parenthood answered.

Preparing for Parenthood: The 6-Week Interactive Experience for Couples Expecting Their First Baby is not your average “online course.” 

It’s a way to build community, get important questions answered, create a deeper connection to your partner, have fun, and end up feeling more aligned and confident as you enter parenthood!

In our six weeks together, we’ll keep your momentum going as you complete the three stages of the Preparing for Parenthood Process.

The Three Stages Of The Course

Stage One: The Couple Foundation (Build Your Storm-Proof Nest)

We’ll spend two weeks strengthening the couple relationship foundation right now in preparation for parenthood so you can gain clarity around strengths and challenges and develop skills and strategies. 

Here We'll Explore:

Communication • Intimacy • Finances • Roles • Self-Care

Stage Two: The Growth Journey (Nurture the Eggs)

We’ll spend the next two weeks illuminating values and examining practicalities for pregnancy, birth, and early childhood so you’ll feel more prepared for the next steps. 

Here we’ll dive into:

Values (Religion/Spirituality, Education) • Health Care • Discipline
• Your History • Pregnancy • Birth

Stage Three: The New Family (Care for Your Fledglings)

In the last two weeks we’ll get ready for the early postpartum days, and we’ll revisit critical communication and intimacy strategies.

Here we’ll look at:

Revisiting Communication & Intimacy • Postpartum • Sleep 
• Feeding and Diapering • Gratitude and Visioning 

You’ll also have exclusive access to:

• Six, one-hour, live, online group coaching sessions, so you can have questions and concerns addressed.
•  One private, 30-minute couple’s coaching session with Dr. Dueger, so you can have support for more personal questions or concerns.
•  A private Facebook group, so you can build community, interact, and engage with other expectant parents.
• Videos, momentum-building activities, and interactive worksheets only found inside the interactive course, so you can enrich your learning experience.

And as a bonus, available only to graduates of the Preparing for Parenthood 6-Week Interactive Experience:

  You’ll also be able to access a one-time discounted private couple’s coaching package offer with Dr. Dueger, valid for six months following the end date of the course, so you can dive more deeply into any important questions and concerns, some of which might become clear only after your baby is born. (This alone is more than $100 in savings).

The next course begins soon! Don’t miss out!

Can’t make the course dates? Or want a more personalized course and coaching experience?
Private 6-week course and coaching experience with Dr. Dueger is now available.
Please reach out to Dr. Dueger at info@preparedforparenthood.com or (303) 519 -1046 for more information

Curious to meet Dr. Dueger and learn more? Please reach out to Dr. Dueger for a brief consultation at info@preparedforparenthood.com or (303) 519 -1046
Join our free, live, one-hour webinar:
5 Essential Conversations to Have Right Now to Prepare for Parenthood

Learn with an Expert

For those who travel this road, parenthood may well be the most significant journey you’ll ever experience. Join a guide who understands that parenting is simultaneously heart-opening and heart-wrenching, humbling and humorous, joyful and overwhelming.

Dr. Dueger has worked with hundreds of expectant and new parents and their little ones as a therapist, coach, and educator for more than a decade, helping them ease through the often-bumpy transition between pregnancy and parenthood. 

With a background steeped in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (PhD), as well as Counseling (MA) and Education (MA), she brings an unusual depth of experience and understanding to her educational and coaching work with families. Grounded, gentle, and humorous, Dr. Dueger is a relatable guide who has helped hundreds of families navigate their way to greater health, connection, and ease.

Dr. Dueger has been featured on the pregnancy- and parenting-based podcasts: Pure Nurture; Healthy Births, Happy Babies; and Mindful Birth, Peaceful Earth; and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the academic Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health for the past three years.

Former participants in Dr. Dueger’s courses have said:

“I feel like all parents might be better equipped to be parents if they had this kind of forum.”

“I wish every pregnant couple could have this kind of weekly discussion. It was so reassuring sometimes, to know we weren’t the only ones.”

“Some of our conversations rocked my world in a way that really shifted how I was thinking about parenting.”

“I wish we could keep going with this course. I really do. It’s been a comfort every week. Because nobody really talks about how to build a family.”

“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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)

Frequently Asked Questions

A private course and coaching package is offered if you are unable to join the group course or would rather have the option for a more personalized experience. Please reach out to Dr. Dueger at info@preparedforparenthood.com or (303) 519 – 1046 for a brief consultation and more information about this private option.

However, because of the interactive nature of the group course at this time, where the coaching is delivered live online, there are specific, set dates for the group course. Please see below for the next upcoming course dates.

The short answer is yes, you could! Completing the book with your partner can be enough for some couples. However, many people decide they’d like more support in the form of having a community of other expectant parents going through a similar experience, or the guidance of a professional and parent who is well-versed in working with expectant and new parents through this huge transition.

It can also be helpful to have some accountability and momentum on this journey. I don’t know about you, but I sheepishly admit it hasn’t been too infrequent that I’ve purchased a book, read a bit, then put it down and forgotten about it. Because let’s be real. Life can be busy sometimes.

This experience is different and designed to keep you more engaged on the journey – from the weekly coaching to the group interactions to the playful gamification-like points you earn along the way!

Yes, this is another option! You can find my coaching packages on this link: https://preparedforparenthood.com/coaching-services/

Keep in mind, however, that private coaching, due to its individualized nature, is more expensive than the group coaching and single 30-minute private couple’s coaching session included in the interactive course experience.

And, if you graduate from the course and would like more private coaching, there is an option to purchase a package at a deeply-discounted rate that is good for the following 6 months after the course ends.

Not to worry. You can still post your questions to be answered in the private Facebook group and I will do my best to answer them during the recorded session. You may then access the recordings at your convenience.

Only you and your partner can ultimately decide what is best (or “worth it”) for you. However, keep in mind two things.

First, you are making a small investment into arguably the most significant experience you will ever have – being a parent and building a family together. And the cost covers the two of you for one price – both you and your partner.

Second, in only six short weeks, you and your partner will feel more connected and aligned as a couple when you enter parenthood and more confident and competent in navigating challenges together. Compare this to potentially struggling in these areas when you don’t need to.

Yes, there is a limited money-back guarantee for the group course. My goal is for you to feel satisfied with your experience and purchase.

If you are not satisfied with the interactive group course experience after the first two weeks of the course, I will refund your money (less a $25 processing and handling fee). If you do not cancel in writing prior to the end of the second week, there will not be a refund issued.

My hope is that you both enjoy the process and feel more prepared for parenthood as a couple.

*Please note that for the private course and coaching experience, the cost of the course and each used (or late-cancelled) private coaching session will be assessed and any refund will be prorated on this assessment.

The next course begins soon! Don’t miss out!

Can’t make the course dates? Or want a more personalized course and coaching experience?
Private 6-week course and coaching experience with Dr. Dueger is now available.
Please reach out to Dr. Dueger at info@preparedforparenthood.com or (303) 519 -1046 for more information

Curious to meet Dr. Dueger and learn more?
Join our free, live, one-hour webinar:
5 Essential Conversations to Have Right Now to Prepare for Parenthood