Welcoming a new child into your life can be a joyous, stressful, and exciting time of transition. In this period of change, you have the opportunity to shift old patterns, build new skills, and cultivate the kind of loving, compassionate relationships that will help you and your child to thrive.
In this three-part workshop series, you and your family will learn to:
Build positive, intimate relationships.
Collaborate in (co-)parenting strategies.
Defuse conflict with compassion.
Cultivate intimacy (even during stressful times).
Create a loving foundation that will serve you and your family for the rest of your lives.
If you’re like us, you have probably sorted through many parenting materials, groups, and resources that did not reflect you, your partner(s), or your family. Not seeing your experience in these resources can feel alienating.
On top of that, many traditional resources have ideas about how we should “do family” based on patriarchal expectations. No matter the kind of relationship or family you’re in, you know that uprooting these harmful notions about gender, sexuality, and parenthood is key in building a good life. If you’re like us, you want a life where your child feels supported and loved by their family. And that starts with how we pro-actively fight against cis- and heteronormativety in our parenting.
These are the reasons we decided to combine the research-validated Bringing Baby Home Workshop with our experience as queer parents to offer a version of this series for people who don’t see or their ideals for the future children themselves reflected in traditionally cisgender, heteronormative spaces.
You and your queer, trans, gender-expansive, polyamorous, and otherwise gender-and-sexuality magical family are reflected here. You are explicitly welcome.
Who should attend the Bringing Baby Home workshop?
Any couple or family of any configuration who are preparing to raise or is raising a child ages 0-3, and wants to build their skills around cultivating positive connections within the family and effectively managing stresses of parenthood.
Bringing Baby Home with Femme & Them is a three-part workshop series with a total of nine hours of live instruction and three hours of homework exercises to practice your skills between sessions.
Saturday June 12, 2021
Saturday June 19, 2021
12:00 – 3:00pm, PST
Saturday June 26, 2021
Workshops will be conducted over Zoom
We are committed to making this workshop series financially accessible and have different pricing tiers for you to self-select. If you have the means to do so, please consider paying it forward–this tier allows us to offer reduced fees and scholarships to BIPOC and trans families.
Reduced fee… $275 + cost of study materials from the Gottman Institute
At-cost… $350 + cost of study materials from the Gottman Institute
Pay it forward… $425 + cost of study materials from the Gottman Institute
We offer one scholarship per workshop to BIPOC and/or trans families. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please reach out to us at hello@femmeandthempllc.
We aim to create a safe space and encourage you to attend the workshop in the way that works for you: with your camera on or off. With or without your child. Switching partners as needed, if needed. You have the freedom and space to take care of you and your family during this process. If your family needs a specific accommodation, please let us know, and we will work with you to meet your needs.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Kaya Colin, MSW, LMHC
Kaya Colin, a Gottman Educator and licensed social worker, has 10 years of experience offering counseling to people whose experience with pregnancy and parenting is not what they expected–and has her own story of overcoming the difficulties of new parenthood. Kaya uses an intersectional, client-centered approach in their work to build a trusting space for growth with individuals and groups. She received her BA in Psychology at Nevada State College and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. Read Kaya’s full bio.
Cappy Shapiro, LICSW
Cappy Shapiro, a licensed social worker with over a decade of experience in the field, has a background in leading support groups and offering therapy to LGBTQ youth, adults, and their families. This work, and their own experience as a parent, inspires their approach to counseling today. They received their MSW from Smith School for Social Work. Read Cappy’s full bio.