Having a baby is one of the biggest changes a couple can go through. This psycho-educative programme is designed to help new parents understand the changes they may experience in the transition to parenthood and feel better prepared to cope with the pressures and challenges a baby can bring.
This course is useful for midwives, health visitors, maternity support workers, and anyone working with new or expectant parents in the perinatal period.
The training enhances practitioners’ skills to help couples prepare for the challenges of parenting as early as possible. It covers important topics such as changing roles and expectations, communication, managing conflict, and intimacy during pregnancy and parenthood.
Resolving or preventing conflict between parents can have a positive impact on children’s mental health and wellbeing, developmental outcomes, and educational achievements later on.
An evaluation of the resource (OnePlusOne, 2020) concluded that parents who used the Me, You and Baby Too programme showed positive improvements in communication and reduced parental conflict. They also avoided the decline in relationship satisfaction that would normally be expected immediately after the birth of a baby.
After using Me, You and Baby Too:
This evidence-based universal course is designed to help practitioners identify relationship issues and respond appropriately. It gives them the skills and confidence to recognise the signs of conflict and offer support, as well as knowing when and where to refer to other services.
OnePlusOne has trained over 7,000 health practitioners, children’s service providers, and other teams with Brief Encounters®. Many service providers will come across people impacted by relationship problems – research shows that one in five couples are in relationship distress.
Practitioners will gain the skills and practical tools to have effective conversations that positively influence parents on an early intervention basis. Couples will learn to work through problems before they escalate. Child outcomes are improved by the reduction of parental conflict in the home, and parents are enabled to help themselves without depending on professional care.
Following two randomised control trials  , OnePlusOne found that participants of Brief Encounters® reported being TWICE as likely to:
This in-depth evidence-based training programme was developed following a detailed review of conflict interventions. It equips practitioners with knowledge and understanding about parental conflict such as the causes of conflict, the difference between constructive and destructive conflict, and the impact on children.
Practitioners receive a toolkit which includes resources, visual relationship insights, and practical activities for working with couples and individual parents who are experiencing high levels of destructive conflict. As a result, parents will be more aware of the impact of conflict on children and will develop skills to manage their conflict more constructively.
The course is particularly popular with early intervention teams, family support workers, health visitors, social workers, and other family practitioners who have a frontline role with parents or children.
Following this one-day workshop, practitioners reported: