About Towards Parenthood


This book focuses on the main areas of change encountered by men and women as they make the transition into parenthood. Text and thought provoking exercises prepare the reader for the emotional, social and psychological changes that may arise as they become parents. The focus is on developing both coping skills and parenting skills. 

Who is the book for?

This Australian publication is ideal for:

Expectant parents

Friends and relatives looking for a useful baby gift

Health professionals working with expectant and new parents

Work organizations who value their staff commencing parental leave

How is this book different from all others?

This book was written by a team of psychologists who have a wealth of experience working with families making the transition to parenthood. The topics chosen, the interactive exercises and the use of humour and real life examples make the content not only entertaining and engaging but extremely relevant.

The focus is not on the physical aspects of the pregnancy, delivery and postpartum but rather more broadly on assisting parents to manage the complex demands of parenthood by developing helpful coping and parenting skills.


The content is designed to improve coping skills and problem solving. Strategies to enhance self-esteem and parenting competency are included. As well as focusing on the impact a baby may have on the couple relationship some strategies to improve communication and reduce conflict are included. Information about the needs and capacities of the newborn help prepare the new parent for what lies ahead and to improve the understanding of baby’s behavioral cues which is helpful for bonding with the baby.



About the Authors

Chapter 1 Towards Motherhood

Chapter 2 towards Fatherhood

Chapter 3 We’re expecting! Preparing for parenthood

Chapter 4 Caring for yourself is caring for your baby

Chapter 5 From lovers to parents: managing relationship changes

Chapter 6 Keeping some balance in your life

Chapter 7 Healthy thinking, healthy self

Chapter 8 Caring for your newborn baby

Chapter 9 Welcome to ‘The Club’!