Event Phone: 503-490-9679

The Becoming Us Parenting Program is based on the award-winning book, Becoming Us, written by relationship counselor and parenting pioneer, Elly Taylor. Elly spent 15 years researching how to best prepare/repair the couple relationship when confronted with the normal challenges and changes that happen as couples become a family. Parenting is hard, but it can be easier when you work well as a team!

A whopping 92% of couples report increased conflict in the years following their baby’s arrival. It’s tempting to think that you will be one of the lucky few to not experience the normal changes and challenges that come with moving from couple to family. The expectations about how this huge life transition will go might end up not matching your reality. You just need the right tools to prepare you for what’s to come, or to help you better navigate your “new normal” now that you have a baby! Becoming Us classes can provide those tools for navigation and the missing preparation.

There are two different class tracks that you can register for: The Becoming Us BEFORE Baby Class Series or The Becoming Us AFTER Baby Class Series.

The Becoming Us BEFORE Baby series has been specifically designed to address the challenges that expectant couples will be faced with as they welcome their baby. This is essential preparation on what to expect and how to build your support system now, to help you in those first days, weeks and months of new parenting.

The Becoming Us AFTER Baby series has been specifically designed to address the challenges that new parents are already facing as they’ve been thrust into parenthood with less than ideal preparation and support. They’re wanting to do more than just survive parenthood, they want to build a family that thrives.

In these classes you’ll discover… how to manage the unexpected, ways to support your whole family as you move through this huge life transformation, routines that will support you, your partner and your growing baby’s health and well-being, how to better adjust to your new normal, how to baby-proof your relationship, do conflict well, and connect and reconnect through your life-long parenting journey!

You may have taken childbirth and breastfeeding classes to prepare for your baby — but have you prepared your relationship for this transition from couple to family?

Barb Buckner Suárez is one of the first Health Educators in the world to be offering these group classes! She’s been teaching them as a pilot program through Legacy Health System since April 2017, and now she’s also stepping into the community in order to increase the availability and awareness of this most important work.

Click on any of the dates below to register for either the BEFORE or AFTER baby classes.

PLEASE NOTE: the BEFORE Baby classes are intended for those parents who are either expecting a baby, or are in the process of becoming parents for the first time. The AFTER Baby classes are intended for those couples already parenting. I have had brand new parents as well as parents of toddlers attending these AFTER classes. Quiet babes in arms are welcome to attend.

I look forward to working with you! (Cost of the class includes a copy of the book, Becoming Us, and all other class materials.) 

The Becoming Us BEFORE Baby February-March 4-week session series runs Monday evenings 6:30 – 9:00 pm, for four consecutive weeks: February 24th-March 16th. Classes take place at Oasis of Change.

The Becoming Us BEFORE Baby June 4-week session series runs Tuesday evenings 6:30 – 9:00 pm, for four consecutive weeks: June 2nd-23rd. Classes take place at TBA.

The Becoming Us BEFORE Baby July 4-week session series runs Tuesday evenings 6:30 – 9:00 pm, for four consecutive weeks: July 7th-28th. Classes take place at TBA.

The Becoming Us BEFORE Baby September/October 4-week session series runs Tuesday evenings 6:30 – 9:00 pm, for four consecutive weeks: September 15th-October 6th. Classes take place at TBA.

The Becoming Us BEFORE Baby November/December 4-week session series runs Monday evenings 6:30 – 9:00 pm, for four consecutive weeks: November 16th-December 7th. Classes take place at TBA.

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The Becoming Us AFTER Baby February/March 4-week session series runs Thursday evenings 6:30 – 8:30 pm, for four consecutive weeks: February 27th-March 19th. Classes take place at Little Owl Medicine.

The Becoming Us AFTER Baby April/May 4-week session series runs Monday evenings 6:30 – 8:30 pm, for four consecutive weeks: April 27th-May 18th. Classes take place at Little Owl Medicine.

The Becoming Us AFTER Baby July 4-week session series runs Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 8:30 pm, for four consecutive weeks: July 8th-29th. Classes take place at Little Owl Medicine.

The Becoming Us AFTER Baby September/October 4-week session series runs Monday evenings 6:30 – 8:30 pm, for four consecutive weeks: September 10th-October 1st. Classes take place at Little Owl Medicine.

The Becoming Us AFTER Baby November/December 4-week session series runs Monday evenings 6:30 – 8:30 pm, for four consecutive weeks: November 17th-December 8th. Classes take place at Little Owl Medicine.

~ If registration is closed or these class series don’t fit your schedule, please send me a message here that you’re interested and provide me with your name, email and phone number and I’ll contact you directly with details about upcoming classes and/or put you at the top of the waitlist for the next class. Or if you would prefer to schedule a private class with me, get in touch. Thanks!

**GIFT IDEA** If the new grandparents-to-be are asking, “What can we get you this year that will be a meaningful present that the whole family can enjoy?” Tell them to buy you a Becoming Us BEFORE Baby Class Series! It’s the perfect way to prepare your relationship for the HUGE life transition that is becoming a family! If you’re already parenting, but realizing that your relationship is in need of some TLC, then a Becoming Us AFTER Baby Class Series is the prescription to make sure your relationship will be strong and thriving well into the future. Becoming Us Classes are designed to support the whole family. The gift that keeps on giving all along the parenting journey… Becoming Us Gift Registrations are available for purchase at any time, but the family must register to take a class within one year of purchase date.

  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ Milagros - May Series
    May 2, 2018 - May 13, 2018
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Spring Creek May-June Series
    May 15, 2018 - June 5, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ Milagros - June/July Series
    June 19, 2018 - July 8, 2018
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Brave Birth Doula August Series
    August 6, 2018 - August 27, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ Spring Creek Campus
    October 11, 2018 - November 1, 2018
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Brave Birth Doula Oct-Nov Series
    October 29, 2018 - November 19, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ Milagros January Series
    January 8, 2019 - January 29, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Brave Birth Doula February Series
    February 4, 2019 - February 25, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ Milagros April Series
    April 4, 2019 - April 25, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Little Owl Medicine
    May 1, 2019 - May 22, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Little Owl Medicine June Series
    June 4, 2019 - June 25, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 am
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ Milagros July Series
    July 2, 2019 - July 23, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Little Owl Medicine August Series
    August 5, 2019 - August 26, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ Milagros September/October Series
    September 17, 2019 - October 8, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Little Owl Medicine October Series
    October 7, 2019 - October 28, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Little Owl Medicine November/December Series
    November 18, 2019 - December 9, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us Gift Registration
    November 14, 2018 - December 31, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ Milagros November/December Series
    November 20, 2019 - December 18, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ Oasis of Change January Series
    January 7, 2020 - January 28, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Little Owl Medicine January Series
    January 8, 2020 - January 29, 2020
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ Oasis of Change Feb/March Series
    February 24, 2020 - March 16, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Little Owl Medicine April/May Series
    April 27, 2020 - May 18, 2020
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ TBA June Series
    June 2, 2020 - June 23, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ TBA July Series
    July 7, 2020 - July 28, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Little Owl Medicine July Series
    July 8, 2020 - July 29, 2020
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ TBA September/October Series
    September 15, 2020 - October 6, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Becoming Us AFTER Baby @ Little Owl Medicine Sept/Oct Series
    September 10, 2020 - October 1, 2020
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Becoming Us BEFORE Baby @ TBA
    November 16, 2020 - December 7, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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