Towards Parenthood

Preparing for the changes and challenges of a new baby


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.


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.

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.

Online Interactive Workbook

The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) is excited to announce expansion of its digital programs for new parents with the launch of its Towards Parenthood online interactive workbook. The online program is an evolution of PIRI’s Towards Parenthood hardcopy workbook that has supported Aussie parents for more than a decade. Going digital extends the accessibility and reach of this program and makes prevention programs, supports and treatments available to more expectant and new parents, helping to address the urgent mental health needs of Australia’s newest and growing families.

Order the workbook or purchase online access here…

Towards Parenthood