What is 'Me, You and Baby Too'?

Me, You and Baby Too is an online resource designed to help new and expectant parents adapt to the changes that parenthood can have on their relationship.

This guide will show you how to introduce parents to Me, You and Baby Too and support them as they work through it.

Read more about the  evidence base  behind the resource.

Who is it for?

Me, You and Baby Too helps first-time parents prepare for changes in their own relationship, giving them the skills to communicate better and support each other at this important time in their lives.

It is aimed at parents who are still in a relationship with each other, during pregnancy or in the first 12 months of their child’s life. It may also be beneficial to those who have significant risk indicators:

  • Parental conflict that is frequent, hostile and unresolved.
  • Separation in family of origin.
  • Social disadvantage.
  • Unplanned pregnancy.
  • Lack of relational skills.

Introducing parents to the resource will largely depend on your own professional judgement and the family’s situation. It is important to prepare parents for the changes to their relationship and help them understand why a healthy relationship with their partner matters to their baby.

Me, You and Baby Too works best when both parents do it together. The resource is divided into three sections:

How to deal with new changes

Having a baby is an exciting time but it can also be very challenging. This session helps parents understand how their relationship with each other will change, and why it matters to their baby.

Learning how to cope with stress

Having a baby can be stressful and overwhelming. This session helps parents to identify sources of stress and learn ways of coping together and supporting each other.

How to deal with conflict

Arguments can be constructive or destructive. This session helps parents think about how their arguments start, and how they get out of hand. Most importantly, it will give them the skills to resolve arguments in more constructive ways.

How to use this resource with parents

Me, You and Baby Too is set up to help you work with parents remotely. We recommend you ask parents to work through the resource in their own time. It will take 20-30 minutes to work through the whole thing, or they can do it one session at a time.

We suggest you have a follow-up call with the couple after each session to discuss how they got on. This will give you a chance to check progress, assess understanding, clarify any misunderstandings, and offer further relationship support where appropriate.

At the end of each session, parents are encouraged to set a goal to work on between your contacts with them. The key messages will assist you in recapping and goal setting.

Accessing ‘Me, You, and Baby Too’

‘Me, You, and Baby Too’ can be accessed on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The couple will need a good internet connection and a device on which they can play video and hear sound.

Before you introduce couples to the resource, you might find it helpful to log in yourself, so that you have an idea of what they will see.

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