Partners to Parents

Revitalize and prepare your relationship for the transition to parenthood
in this 2-Evening workshop specifically for new and expecting parents. 

Next Workshop: Oct 26th & 27th, 2019 in Chapel Hill, NC

Many couples struggle with questions like ..

“Will I lose my connection to my partner when the baby arrives?”

“How do I connect with Baby?”

“Will I repeat the same mistakes as my parents?”

These kinds of questions and concerns are very common when welcoming a new baby,
especially if your own childhood was filled with challenges. 

BUT, Guess What?!

There is a way for you and your partner to navigate the transition to parenthood
withe greater ease, confidence and connection.

Join Me in:

Partners to Parents

A  research-tested workshop for new and expecting parents (based on the Bringing Baby Home curriculum).

The Partners to Parents Workshop will help you build skills and learn information that will help you cope successfully with the normal stresses of becoming a family, even if you didn’t come from the easiest background. 


Living Room (Suite 304)
Women’s Birth & Wellness Center 
Chapel Hill, NC

Workshop Includes:

  • 5 Hours of Workshop Time over 2 evenings
  • Partners to Parents Workbook
  • Light Snacks & Refreshments


Date: October 26th & 27th
Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm


$120/ couple
Limit: 10 couples.


Babies are welcome that are not yet crawling.

In this workshop
you and your partner will…

+ Learn tools to increase friendship and intimacy in your relationship.

+ Learn how to deal effectively with conflict.

+ Become equipped to recognize the emotional and mental needs of your child.

+ Understand the keys to being a sensitive and responsive parent. 

Don’t Worry! The Workshop is a combination of lectures and exercises between just you and your partner. 

Did You Know?

The Partners to Parents Workshop is an abridged version of the Bringing Baby Home Curriculum which has ben around since 2005 and is based on decades of relationship research by the Gottman Institute.

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.   

Meet Your Instructor:

Hi! My name is Ali Parnell.

I’m a mom of 2 boys under 4 and wife to an entrepreneur/ filmmaker. I’m a Gottman Certified Educator and I teach a variety of workshops for couples and new parents in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. 

I have a degree in Music and Psychology from Gordon College. Shortly after graduating I focused my energies on music and the arts and I began teaching private music lessons and working part-time in the film industry. I eventually became a producer for a video production business and went on to produce a feature film, filmed in NC. 

After becoming a mom in 2016, I took time off work to allow myself space to reevaluate my priorities and passions as I connected with my incredible son. I very quickly re-discovered my deep passion for psychology and began investing in educating myself in relationship dynamics, positive parenting and child development.

Now I teach couples how to strengthen their relationships using research-tested skills and principles. 

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FREQUENTLY Asked Questions:

How often do you lead the 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 the value of your ticket to another 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.

Will we have to share our problems with others?

No. All exercises are done privately.

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 if your baby is not yet crawling, you are welcome to bring them!

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.