Preparing for Parenthood: 55 Essential Conversations for Couples Becoming Families


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About the Author

Dr. Stephanie Dueger is a psychotherapist, parent coach, and educator, who works with expectant and new parents and their little ones. Her first book, Preparing for Parenthood: 55 Essential Conversations for Couples Becoming Families, is the book she wishes she'd had for herself when first becoming a parent. She facilitates parent workshops, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the academic Journal of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Dr. Dueger lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and two daughters. Learn more about Dr. Dueger at


"This is exactly the type of communication guide the new parents I work with need! Becoming a family is difficult, and the couple's relationship often suffers. When using this book, much of the relationship stress could be alleviated in the postpartum period, and the whole family would be happier. I think this book should be required reading for all new parents." Dr. Jay Warren, creator of Connecting with Baby During Pregnancy online course, Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy from the Baby's Perspective online course, Healthy Births, Healthy Babies podcast, and The Dadhood Journey podcast

"If there is one book expectant parents should have on their shelf to learn how to move from a pregnant couple to a parenting family, it's this one. This resource is so accessible, easy to navigate, and all-inclusive. Parenting can be a challenge in today's world, and these conversations are essential for the health and well-being of the whole family. We both just wish we'd had this resource available when we were first expecting!" Jayme Crockett, Birth Photographer,

Mother of 8, and Student Midwife, and Holly Lammer, RN, PPNE, Childbirth Educator, and Yoga Teacher, co-hosts of the Mindful Birth Peaceful Earth podcast

"An honest, down-to-earth manual for anyone thinking of having a child. Reading this book is like talking with a good friend or therapist who knows the territory because she has lived it and thought deeply about it. I am really happy that a book like this is finally available." Thomas R. Verny MD, DHL (Hon), DPsych, fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, co-founder and president emeritus of the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, author of international bestseller, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child with John Kelly, Parenting Your Unborn Child, and two books with Pamela Weintraub: Nurturing Your Unborn Child and Pre-Parenting: Nurturing Your Child from Conception

"This is a significant and profound book that has the potential to transform parenting from conflict and struggle to harmony and health. But even more so, it epitomizes and illuminates that children become what they live. I recommend this book to all prospective and current parents." Dr. William R. Emerson, Clinical Psychologist, co-founder and president emeritus of the Association of

Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, National Science Foundation winner for Contributions to Psychology, and pioneer in prenatal and perinatal psychology

"This thoughtful book is an invaluable resource for expectant parents and will help build a strong foundation for babies and their families." Dr. Annie Brook, author of Birth's Hidden Legacy, somatic psychologist, play and family therapist, and founder of The Somatic Attachment Training

"Not only is this book a key for rewarding parenting, but I believe it would be a great start for anyone leaning toward a long-term relationship." Barbara C. Decker, HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Pre- and Perinatal Educator, and Certified Prenatal Bonding (BA) Facilitator

"This is a book that could support a couple for years as they navigate discussions about evolving values, changing circumstances, and the multitude of roles becoming parents brings into their lives. Preparing for Parenthood will support couples in spending more time enjoying their family lives and less time having unexpected arguments. It is a wonderful resource for getting parents to connect around all things related to parenting before problems arise." Ellen Boeder, MA, LPC,

PACT Level 3 couple's therapist, and faculty at The Relationship School