People say nothing can prepare parents
for parenthood, but this can.


Becoming Us is a much needed, sensitive, positive and comprehensive approach to the transition into parenthood.
— Professor Jenny Gamble, Head of Midwifery, Griffith University, Queensland

Parenthood is life-changing. For most couples, it's like an adventure into the unknown. And, like any worthwhile adventure, there's bound to be some rivers to cross or mountains to climb. Because along with the abundant joys, the truth is the journey into parenthood also brings some big changes and unexpected challenges for most parents to navigate and overcome.  

People say nothing can prepare parents for parenthood, but what if you could?

Based on over 15 years of research and clinical experience, the Becoming Us™ Relationship-Developmental model of parenthood describes the stages mothers, fathers and partners go through, prepares couples for the major changes and challenges in each stage and supports parents with the steps to overcome or manage them. 


    Want to be a part of the future for families?

    Becoming UsProfessional Development Training

    If you're a helping professional working in the Birth, Health, Mental Health or Parenting spaces, our unique Becoming Us Professional Development Training equips you to prepare, guide and support expecting and new, and not so new parents and facilitate their journey through the different stages of their parenthood adventure. 


    Becoming Us Level I: Tilling the Soil and Planting the Seeds


    What does the 'transition into parenthood' actually mean for couples? Why do some parents find it more challenging than others? Is there a way to prepare expecting parents so it's easier and more enjoyable for all of them? You'll discover the answers to these questions and more.

    Following Level I you'll be a Professional Seed Planter. You'll know which seeds to plant that support your clients and have practical resources you can use from day one.

    If you work only with clients during pregnancy, you might decide to do only Level I of our professional development training. You can enrol in Level I at any time. Once completed, you'll then have the option to do Level II and also Level III at a later date, if you love what you're learning.


    Becoming Us Level II: The 8 Stages of the Parenthood Adventure


    Parenthood is an adventure into the unknown, but what if there was a clear path, bridges over the rivers and a best way through the mountains? There is.

    In Level II you'll discover how to integrate the award-winning "Becoming Us" model into your work. Becoming Us describes the stages mothers, fathers and partners go through as they travel from becoming pregnant to parenting a child, the normal changes they can anticipate in each stage and ways to avoid the challenges or navigate them so they can all thrive as a family.

    After Level II, you'll be a Parenthood Tour Guide. Level I is a prerequisite to Level II of the Becoming Us Professional Development training.

    Becoming Us Level III: Support for the Hard Stuff

    For some couples the transition into parenthood is more like a survival mission than a walk in the park. What are the biggest challenges of parenthood? How many couples are affected by them? How can you prepare or support couples who are at risk or affected by relationship distress, Birth Trauma or Perinatal Mental Health conditions? And can these things actually be managed in ways that bring couples closer?

    If you work at the pointy end of parenthood (or just want to do the absolute best job of preparing and supporting parents possible!), through 2 extended online sessions, you'll find that there's both help and hope for couples in even the toughest of circumstances. You'll be a Village Elder.

    Levels I and II are prerequisites to Level III of the Becoming Us Professional Development training.


    Following all three levels of the Becoming Us Professional Development training, we welcome you to apply for our new Facilitator Certification, which supports you to run our Becoming Us Before Baby and After Baby programs in your community. Any questions please email

    Early Bird Enrollments for our March 2018
    Level I, II and III Professional Development Training are


    This is the missing piece. Becoming Us is a game-changer for parents and the professionals who care about them.
    — Sally Placksin, author of the seminal book Mothering the New Mother and Certified Becoming Us Facilitator, NYC.