A 2-Week In-Person workshop for couples to PREPARE their relationship and learn parenting skills FOR when they bring home their BABY.

Next Workshop: Starting November 5th, 2019 in Cary, NC

The Bringing baby Home workshop is the expansion and in-person experience of the book “and baby makes three” …

…Written by Drs. John & Julie Gottman. This workshop you will prepare and strengthen your relationship for the transition and challenges ahead in welcoming your new baby. The workshop contains research-based tools and concepts that help you navigate this new season of your life with more ease, confidence and joy. 


Are you and your partner about to welcome a new baby into your family? Or maybe you recently brought home your new bundle of Joy?

If you are about to be parents or are within the first few years of parenthood – Don’t put off investing in your relationship!

Research shows that couples, on average, wait 6 years from the time they first experience significant relationship problems before they seek out support.

Your relationship deserves attention and care NOW. 

Getting stuck in the same arguments, drifting apart, feeling distant and misunderstood…

These are COMMON experiences in relationships

but it doesn’t have to stay this way… or get worse. 

There are tools and techniques you can learn and use to:

get out of old argument cycles, deepen your friendship and create more meaning and connection with your partner right now.

Join Me in the:

“Bringing Baby Home” Workshop

(for couples that are new parents and parents-to-be)

Next Workshop: Starting November 5th, 2019 in Cary, NC

In this workshop you will:

+ Practice ways to build a stronger friendship.

+ Strengthen your sense of admiration and respect for one another.

+ Learn research-backed skills to manage conflict more effectively.

+ Deepen your connection and intimacy.

+ Understand the difference between solvable and unsolvable problems and how to deal with each of them.

The Workshop is a combination of lectures and exercises between just you and your partner. 

What you get:


Each couple that registers and attends the workshop will receive Bringing Baby Home Couples Set, which includes:

  • Two Couples Guides.
  • One copy of And Baby makes Three.
  • 6 Card Decks. 

(a $40 value)



This is not the kind of class that you would find in school. This is hands-on, interactive, exercise-based class that really gets you and your partner talking and working on things right away. We will have power point lectures throughout the 12 hours that will teach you and guide you in understanding these 7 principles and you and your partner get to integrate what you have learned right away. 


You are sure to learn skills and experience moments that will transform your relationship and carry with you throughout. 



Week 1:

Tuesday, November 5th 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Welcome, Enhance Your Love Maps, Nurture Your Fondness & Admiration.

Thursday, November 7th 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Turn Toward Each Other, Letting Your Partner Influence You, The Two Kinds of Marital Conflict.

Week 2:

Tuesday, November 12th 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Solve Your Solvable Problems.

Thursday, November 14th 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Solve Your Solvable Problems.

Saturday, November 16th 9:30am – 12:30pm
Solve Your Solvable Problems.

Is this workshop right for us?

This workshop IS great for ALL COMMITTED COUPLES with kids 0-3yrs or a baby on the way INCLUDING … 

  • If you are considering engagement or about to be married.
  • If you have been married for a few months or several decades.
  • If you feel you have a good relationship but it could be better.
  • If you feel you could use better conflict management skills.
  • If you are considering therapy, but aren’t quite ready yet.
  • All ages, backgrounds, faiths and orientations.


This workshop IS NOT appropriate if …

  • You are in severe relationship distress.
  • There is significant emotional or physical abuse.
  • There are serious emotional or mental health problems.
  • One or both partners are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol.
  • One or both partners are dealing with serious compulsive behaviors such as gambling or sexual acting out.

If you or your partner are experiencing any of these and would like support, please contact me (at the bottom of my about page) and I can provide appropriate referrals.   

Early Bird Price of $197/couple Ends








Before Sept 24th, Early Bird Price: $197/couple

After Sept 24th, Regular Price: $247/ couple

Registration closes On October 22nd. 

Space is limited to 15 couples.
Register now to guarantee your spot.


Meet Your Instructor:

Hi! My name is Ali Parnell.

I’m an Educator for the Gottman workshops: Bringing the Baby Home & The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work. I completed my training in the Summer of 2019 and I lead workshops for couples and new parents primarily in North Carolina, but also throughout the USA (and hopefully overseas someday!).

I graduated in 2011 with a degree in music and minor in psychology and in my early working years my career spanned several fields; as a private piano teacher, digital marketer and co-producer on a feature film.

Today, my passions have clarified, fitting more neatly into the fields of family psychology and spirituality. I continue to study and train in cutting-edge information and practices and I use my skills of teaching, creating and organizing to educate and lead families in living with deep connection and love with each other and the world. 

On a more personal level, I’m the proud mother to Asher (3yr) & Aiden (3mo) and wife to Paul, my partner and friend, who has walked many journeys with me over our 7 years of marriage. Our marriage is a big reason WHY I am teaching what I teach today, because we were transformed as a couple when we began to learn and implement these principles, along with other practices. 

I enjoy taking slow walks with my 3 year old as he marvels at every stick and rock, snuggling and smiling at my sweet 3mo, having a quiet evening chatting with my hubby and watching funny shows, and slowly drinking a cup of tea or coffee while journaling or reading almost any non-fiction book. 

I am deeply curious about our humanness and how we relate to one another and I am striving to create a meaningful life for myself and my family. 

Early Bird Price of $197/couple Ends








Before Sept 24th, Early Bird Price: $197/couple

After Sept 24th, Regular Price: $247/ couple

Registration closes On October 22nd. 

Space is limited to 15 couples.
Register now to guarantee your spot.


FREQUENTLY Asked Questions:

How often do you lead the Bringing Baby Home workshop?

As long as there is interest, I plan to lead between 3-6 workshops per year.

Can I get a refund?

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

However, if you are unable to attend after purchasing your ticket you may either transfer your ticket to another 7 Principles Workshop offered through this website within 6 months (as long as your request is made before the first session of the original workshop) or you may gift your ticket to another couple. 


Do you have financial aid?

Yes. I have a select number of tickets availble for a discounted price for those currently experiencing financial hardship. Please contact me (at the bottom of the About page) for more information.

Do both of us have to attend?

Both partners must attend all sessions, so please check your calendars and make arrangements to be present.

Can I take this workshop if I have already done 7 principles?

Yes! These workshops are complementary to each other. You will gain different things from going to each workshop.

Will we have to share our problems with others?

No. All exercises are done privately.

Do we have to read the book before the workshop?

It is not required, but you will get the most out of your time investment and financial investment if you either read the book prior to attending the workshop or read along with doing the workshop.

Can I bring my child?

If your baby is not yet crawling, you are welcome to bring your baby. Otherwise, any babies and children that are mobile at all (crawling, crusing, walking) you will need to find childcare for.

Is there childcare?

At this time we are not offering childcare, but it’s something we may consider for the future.

Am I a good fit for this workshop?

Couples of all ages, faiths and backgrounds are welcome and can benefit as well as any stage of relationship – from pre-engagement to decades of marriage.

However, Psycho-educational workshops are not appropriate for all couples, including those with severe relationship distress, significant emotional or physical abuse, serious emotional or mental health problems, relationships where one or both partners are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol, and relationships with serious compulsive behavior with gambling, sexual acting out, and other disruptive behaviors.

If you or your partner are experiencing any of these and would like support, please contact me (at the bottom of my about page) and I can provide appropriate referrals.