Preparing for Baby | Baby Triple P
Preparing for Baby!
While most couples receive valuable preparation for their labour and birth experience, most new parents report not feeling confident about parenting and the day to day care of their baby once they take their baby home. The transition to parenthood can be a very exciting time, but also poses many lifestyle changes and challenges.
What is Baby Triple P?
Baby Triple P is an adaptation of the successful Triple P- Positive Parenting Program, offering practical ideas and ongoing support for that very daunting “fourth trimester and beyond”. This innovative group program is designed to prepare first time parents for a successful transition to parenthood. Baby Triple P fosters realistic expectations about the changes throughout the transition to parenthood as well as realistic expectations about infant’s behaviour and development, protecting the couple relationship, introducing parents to skills and competencies of dealing with infants, promoting confidence in new parents about their abilities as parents, and conveying a set of adaptive strategies for emotion regulation, such as relaxation or seeking social support. Specifically, it teaches a variety of skills such as settling babies, helping babies sleep, learning to read babies’ cues and knowing what babies need, learning to promote babies’ development and how to recognise developmental milestones. In addition, it equips new parents with the psychological skills to look after themselves as parents during this exciting time as well as looking after the relationship with their partner. Feedback from parents has been very positive. Parents like the fact that the program helps them wade through all the conflicting information about parenting a newborn by focusing on strategies that are evidence-based.
Baby Triple P courses in 2014
Throughout 2014 and with a limited number of places available, pregnant couples expecting their first baby are able to access Baby Triple P free of charge as part of a University of Queensland research project. The project will evaluate the usefulness of Baby Triple P for new parents. Expectant parents have to be pregnant between weeks 20 and 35 and be in a couple relationship. Participation and all materials are free of charge for the duration of this study, so we encourage pregnant couples to take advantage of this opportunity. The program involves 4 2-hour group sessions during pregnancy and 4 individual telephone consultations starting when the baby is 6 weeks old. Sessions are run mainly at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus and Ipswich campus, however depending on parent interest, we will also run sessions at convenient locations throughout the Brisbane area. Session times will be after hours during the week or Saturday mornings.
Contact Mandy Mihelic on (07) 3365 8870 or email [email protected] If you would like more information on the project, please also visit the website at www.exp.psy.uq.edu.au/baby or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/babytriplep