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Towards Parenthood: Preparing for the Changes and Challenges of a New Baby



Is it possible to prepare for having a baby? We think so…


It’s long been said that “nothing can prepare you…” for having a baby. Well, that’s simply not true. Yes, the ‘shock of the new’ is inevitable – that’s part of the journey. But preparing emotionally before baby arrives and continuing that journey in the first year is definitely possible.

Antenatal information tends to cover the physical practicalities of pregnancy, labour and birth. But what about the emotional and relational changes that occur during this time?

As clinicians, we repeatedly heard ‘why didn’t anyone tell me it was going to be like this?’ So, we wrote the book!


Towards Parenthood is a self-help reflective workbook supporting soon-to-be and new parents prepare for the emotional changes and challenges of parenthood. Towards Parenthood strengthens your relationship with your baby and your partner, while providing coping strategies to help you transition to your new role. It offers practical information as well as space to problem solve and think about how things might be when baby arrives and during the first year.

Now, we can’t prepare for everything, of course, because there are so many factors at play when a little bundle arrives. But, we can have a go at reflecting on who we are and our own parenting experiences, and previewing how life might be with baby before s/he arrives.


Towards Parenthood helps you navigate the unchartered waters of first-time pregnancy and parenthood – we help you find some calm in the storm.


This book is for you if you’re interested in:

  • Learning how life will change when you welcome your little bundle into the world

  • Preparing for the emotional adjustments required for parenthood

  • Strengthening your relationship with your partner and your baby

  • Exploring coping strategies to help you transition to your new role

Australian research found women were less anxious, less stressed and had fewer symptoms of depression postnatally when they had read Towards Parenthood and discussed the content with a counsellor, compared with those who did not have access to the book. Overall, the research, conducted by the Parent–Infant Research Institute (PIRI) and funded by beyondblue: the national depression initiative, found Towards Parenthood offers relevant information to optimise positive adjustment for new parents.

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