Towards Parenthood: Preparing for the changes and challenges of a new baby

Towards Parenthood has grown out of the work of the Parent - Infant Research Institute (PIRI), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the emotional well-being of parents and infants. This guidebook aims to assist parents manage the complex demands of parenting. An additional aim is to strengthen the couple relationship and the relationship between parents and infants. Skills in coping, problem-solving, enhancing self-esteem, assertive communication, bonding with your baby and understanding your baby's cues are presented in this book. The program has been extensively piloted with Australian families. Focus groups have been conducted and the program has been revised to incorporate their feedback. Overall, parents who were involved in the program told us they both enjoyed and gained from it.