Happy Family Program

Being pregnant and welcoming a baby (or babies) is the one of the most amazing life events in our lives, and at the same time, it is one of the most difficult times. For example, people may experience changes in emotional health and changes in interpersonal relationships.

 

When you get advice about pregnancy and postpartum related issues from your family or friends, you may wonder if the advice you received is accurate. Searching on the internet is convenient in today’s society; at the same time, it is difficult to find accurate and trustworthy information on the internet. You may be confused about which information you should trust because there is too much information online. I believe that it is very important for pregnant women and postpartum parents to have accurate and trustworthy information.

As a mental health professional who received proper training on maternal mental health, I thought about what I can do.

 


I created this webinar program, called Happy Family Program, so that I can provide many people with accurate and trustworthy information and knowledge.

When I created my webinar program, I focused on the following important characteristics.

  • Easy to understand for anyone

  • Based on trustworthy information including studies and literature

  • The skills you can try and use today

  • The information you can use today

Any adults who are in the State of California, who have a reliable Internet connection, and who can use a computer or a tablet, can participate in the Happy Family Program.

I created 5 different webinars depending on the participants’ needs and purposes. You can choose webinar(s) depending on your interest and your unique life stage. Each webinar is complete in one session.
 

Webinars that are currently offered:
1) Pregnancy 101: What pregnant women need to know to stay mentally healthy


2A) Postpartum 101: What postpartum women need to know to stay mentally healthy and to help their baby soothe and sleep


2B) Postpartum 101: What postpartum women need to know to stay mentally healthy and to effectively communicate with their partner


2C) Postpartum 101: What postpartum women need to know to stay mentally healthy, to help their baby soothe and sleep, and to effectively communicate with their partner


3) Fatherhood 101: Things that postpartum dads should know about

 


Details of each webinar:

1) Pregnancy 101: What pregnant women need to know to stay mentally healthy

Pregnancy is one of the best things you may experience in your life. You may be very excited about becoming a mother, welcoming a baby, and raising a child. At the time, it could be one of the most challenging times in your life. Many pregnant women get anxious, moody, and/or depressed. 

The highlight of this webinar includes facts about mental health issues during pregnancy, what can help mental health issues/symptoms, and postpartum plan. 

This webinar will help you receive accurate information on mental health symptoms during pregnancy, and the postpartum plan will also help you reduce stress and ease the transition period upon your baby’s arrival.

Target participants: 
●    Pregnant women/mothers-to-be,
●    Pregnant woman’s partner/fathers-to-be (regardless of their sexual orientation).
●    Those who work with pregnant women (i.e. medical professionals), and
●    Anyone who is interested in learning about mental health during pregnancy and a postpartum plan (i.e. those who are thinking about getting pregnant in the future, individuals whose family member/friend is currently pregnant)

Length: About 50 minutes

Fee: $70 for one-on-one webinar
 

2A) Postpartum 101: What postpartum women need to know to stay mentally healthy and to help their baby soothe and sleep

 

Babies cry. You know that. We all know that. You expect that your baby cries, but when it happens, it could be tiring because you take care of your baby and you may not have time to take care of yourself and to rest.


This webinar will help you learn accurate information on postpartum mental health and what can help mental health issues/symptoms. You will also learn the skills you need to help your newborn baby soothe and sleep.

The intention of learning about the soothing techniques by my demonstration is to help you understand how you can soothe their newborn baby/babies in an effective way, which may help you have more rest.

 

Target participants:

  • Postpartum women who have newborn baby/babies (3 months or younger),

  • Postpartum woman’s partner (i,e, father, mother) who has newborn baby/babies (3 months or younger),

  • Those who work with postpartum women (i.e. medical professionals),

  • Those who work with newborn babies (i.e. daycare professionals, nannies), and

  • Anyone who is interested in learning about postpartum mental health and how to help soothe newborn baby/babies (i.e. those who are thinking about having a baby/babies in the future, individuals whose family member/friend recently had a newborn baby/babies)

 

Length: About 50 minutes

 

Fee: $70 for one-on-one webinar

2B) Postpartum 101: What postpartum women need to know to stay mentally healthy and to effectively communicate with their partner

Many couples experience tension and have communication issues after welcoming a baby (babies). It is common that couples argue more than they used to and that they get frustrated with each other. You may be tired of fighting with your partner because it’s exhausting and in fact, you are already exhausted due to a lack of sleep and rest.

 

This webinar will be perfect for you if you want to learn about how you and your partner can communicate with each other effectively. This webinar will also help you understand what to say/do and what not to say/do to your partner. Learning effective communication skills for couples with a baby (babies) will give you practical skills which you can start using immediately after the webinar. 

Target participants:

  • Postpartum women (regardless of their baby’s age),

  • Postpartum woman’s partner (i,e, fathers, mothers),

  • Those who work with postpartum women (i.e. medical professionals),

  • Those who want to learn about effective communication skills with their partner, and

  • Anyone who is interested in learning about postpartum mental health and effective communication skills among couples (i.e. those who are thinking about having a baby/babies in the future, individuals whose family member/friend recently had a baby/babies)

 

Length: About 50 minutes

 

Fee: $70 for one-on-one webinar

2C) Postpartum 101: What postpartum women need to know to stay mentally healthy, to help their baby soothe and sleep, and to effectively communicate with their partner

This webinar is a combination of 2A and 2B; therefore, the highlight of this webinar includes participants learning about the facts of postpartum mental health issues which postpartum women may experience, what can help mental health issues/symptoms, soothing techniques for newborn babies, and effective and practical communication skills for couples. 

Target participants:

  • Postpartum women who have a newborn baby/babies (3 months or younger),

  • Postpartum woman’s partner who has a newborn baby/babies (i,e, fathers, mothers),

  • Those who work with postpartum women (i.e. medical professionals),

  • Those who work with newborn babies (i.e. daycare professionals, nannies), and

  • Anyone who is interested in learning about postpartum mental health, how to help soothe a newborn baby/babies, and effective and practical communication skills among couples (i.e. those who are thinking about getting pregnant in the future, individuals whose family member/friend recently had a newborn baby/babies)

 

Length: About 75 minutes

 

Fee: $ 105 for one-on-one webinar

3) Fatherhood 101: Things that postpartum dads should know about

 

Did you know that dads can get postpartum depression and anxiety? Postpartum mental health issues are not only for postpartum mothers. If you are a dad who wants to help your partner and/or to take care of your baby, but don’t know what to do or what to say, this webinar will be perfect for you.

The highlight of this webinar includes facts about paternal mental health issues during and after their partner’s pregnancy, what can help mental health issues/symptoms, the importance of fathers’ involvement with their children, and what fathers can do to help their partner (we will talk about Do’s and Don’ts and what to say and what not to say.)

Target participants: 
●    Postpartum fathers (regardless of their baby’s age),
●    Fathers-to-be,
●    Postpartum women who want their male partners to take more active roles in raising and taking care of their baby/babies, and
●    Anyone who is interested in learning about paternal mental health, the importance of fathers’ involvement with their children, and what fathers can do to help their partner (i.e. those who are thinking about having a baby/babies in the future, individuals whose family member/friend recently had a baby/babies) 

Length: About 50 minutes

Fee: $70 for one-on-one webinar
 

The process of participating in the Happy Family Program:
1)    Please call me at 916-533-4535 or send me a message on the 'contact' page. Please let me know which webinar(s) you would like to sign up for.
2)    You will complete required paperwork online.
3)    Pick your appointment date and time. Payment is due at the time of making an appointment.


 

If you're having a life threatening mental health emergency, please go to the nearest emergency room or call 911. The information on this website is meant for educational and informative purposes only; it is not intended to be a substitute for mental health treatment.

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