A Proven Approach for Happier, Healthier Families and Babies

Family Foundations helps couples expecting their first child prepare for the physical, social, and emotional challenges of parenthood and establish a strong team approach to positive parenting.

Program Benefits
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Parents are thrilled with the results:

“We’ve learned how to talk without arguing and getting stressed out.”

“The principles taught are fantastically important—like, how to communicate under stress, envisioning each other’s role with the baby, goals for family life….”

“The exercises are useful. I enjoy talking and thinking about the topics with my partner; it gets us to reflect and we end up feeling closer.”

“It feels real…the things in the video are what is actually happening. It is very easy to relate to.”

“These steps were helpful and encouraged useful discussion between my partner and me that strengthened our relationship and role as future parents.”

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Family Foundations will help you develop a strong parenting team,
prepared for a life of change and surprises!

The Benefits for Parents and Children

Enrolling in Family Foundations leads to many benefits for parents and children, according to several NIH-funded research studies:

Happier Parents
Happier Parents

Family Foundations couples are less stressed after their child is born – these new parents also report less anxiety and postpartum depression

Warmer Parenting
Warmer, Patient Parenting

Family Foundations parents are more affectionate and patient with their children – and report less over-reactive, harsh, and physically punitive parenting

Closer Couple Relations

Family Foundations couples are better at working as a team – and they report more affection and support with each other

Easier Infant Care

Family Foundations infants have fewer night wakings, are more easily soothed, are better able to soothe themselves, and show a longer attention span

Healthy Babies
Healthier Babies

Family Foundations babies experience fewer birth problems like premature birth or low birth weight, and have shorter hospital stays.

Well Adjusted
Well Adjusted Children

Family Foundations children get along with their peers better and show fewer emotional problems. They are more engaged and cooperative in class, and show more persistence in their schoolwork

Parenting Is Tough,

The Numbers Prove It.

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“This is the brutal reality about children – they’re such powerful stressors that small perforations in relationships can turn into deep fault lines.”

– New York Times Magazine