Becoming A Parent

transitioning to parenthood

The transition from

partners to parents

Download the Transition Form Partners to Parents (PDF file) resource. You can print it and work with your partner to complete this resource together.

Did you know?

It's common to have disagreements and trouble with your relationship after having a baby, especially if:

  • Your baby cries a lot and requires a lot of your attention
  • You and/or your partner are having issues with postpartum depression or anxiety
  • You don’t have a lot of support from family and friends
  • You and your partner have difficulty communicating

One of the best things you can give your child is a strong, supportive relationship with one another. Becoming parents is a life-changing event and can be a stressful time in your lives. A lot of parents find that with the extra stress of having a baby, your relationship with your partner becomes a lower priority.

  • Nurture your relationship. Show love and support for one another. As parents, you are your child's first experience with relationships.
  • Schedule regular couple "checkups". Encourage asking questions. How does each person feel about the relationship right now?
  • The transition from partners to parents brings common stresses. Work with your partner and list your individual transition issues.
  • Work towards a healthy transition into parenthood (PDF file).

Resources for healthy relationships

Is your relationship with your partner a healthy relationship? Check out these great resources about having and maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner.

Where to get local help

If things are not going well in your relationship, it is important to seek help