The Parent Life Workshop

Discover how to share the mental load and reduce conflict with unshakeable communication, collaboration & connection

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92% of couples report relationship dissatisfaction the first year that baby comes home and almost 70% 3 years later.

Babies are going to grow up whether you read the books or not.

But, what about your relationship? It’s almost never mentioned, but your relationship is the key to that first year going smoothly or going frustratingly haywire. No one talks about how difficult it can be to listen to your partner talk about their day when you’ve barely gotten any sleep or how to ask for a break to take a shower when they’re just sitting there enjoying the morning paper.

It might sound trivial now. You might think, “But my partner is so helpful at home now, I’m sure that will still be the case once the baby’s here.” Or, you may think, “It’s just not real for fathers-to-be until the baby arrives. He’ll step up.” Or maybe it’s, “I’m sure I’ll be tired and cranky in the beginning, but I’ll get the hang of things.”

Yes, all of that might be true. But, statistically, 92% of couples report relationship dissatisfaction that first year when baby comes home and almost 70% 3 years later.


That tells me that even the most saintly of partners can get frustrated at times, can feel misunderstood sometimes, can feel like the spark is gone at times.

And sadly, this is a best-case-scenario. Factor in postpartum depression and anxiety, relationship troubles, work stress, or any of the above, and you could have a very different situation on your hands.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be like that. It just takes a little preparation and open dialogue.

Join our upcoming "The Parent Life Workshop", a 2.5 hour virtual workshop I've been running for over 8 years with my husband, Rick.

Together, we've helped hundreds of couples navigate these transitions with effective communication, empathy and humor. 


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In this 2.5-hour workshop, you and your partner will learn:

  • How each partner’s concerns are different through different transitions your child(ren) go through and what each parent brings to the table.
  • Effective communication skills, so you can hear and be heard even if you’re working with a shorter tolerance or attention span.
  • How to develop your own (Postpartum) Plan for creating harmony within the relationship and work as a team and why it’s so important to do this NOW.
  • The importance of understanding moods and emotions that come with the birth of your baby and beyond, from both a biological and situational standpoint.
  • How to juggle life with children with all the other demands on your time and attention.
  • How to ask for what you need from the hospital, from your family and friends, from your partner, even from yourself
  • And, not least of all, how to keep sex and intimacy lit up in your relationship, even when it feels like timing has put it on the back burner.

What couples are saying about this workshop


  • Catherine A. O'Brien, MA, LMFT

    “Really helpful and on track with what we are experiencing as new parents!”

  • Catherine A. O'Brien, MA, LMFT

    “Great speakers, thoughtful listeners, liked that you showed the upside of parenting and not just the challenges.”

  • Catherine A. O'Brien, MA, LMFT
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    “It was very helpful having both perspectives (mom and dad). The group was open with their personal concerns and that provided comfort and support.”

  • Catherine A. O'Brien, MA, LMFT
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    “We thought we knew how to communicate, but by listening all of our concerns it forced us to really recognize what we need to prioritize.”

Workshop Includes...

Catherine and Rick’s book - Happy With Baby: Essential Relationship Advice When Partners Become Parents


Happy With Baby: The Workbook


Created and facilitated by Wife/Husband Team

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Catherine O’Brien and her husband, Rick Heyer, lay out all the communication and relationship tips that new parents cannot live without, during baby’s first year and beyond.  Find relationship advice that will transform you into a couple who works together to be the best caregivers to your baby that you can be. 

Meet Rick and Catherine

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