057: Preparing for Parenthood: Starting a Family

Podcast Guest: Beth Goss
057:Starting a Family

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In this Episode

Beth Goss joins Dr. Dave Schramm and Dr. Liz Hale to talk about tips for bringing a baby home. She discusses the principles taught in Gottman’s “Bringing Baby Home” program.

0:00 – Introduction: Who is Beth Goss?
2:08 – Parenthood Discussion
5:15 – Expectations for family
7:07 – What happens when preparing for a baby?
11:33 – Tips for a couple expecting
14:37 – The struggle after the baby arrives
22:05 – Recognizing service and bids
26:51 – The importance of communication
29:49 – Avoiding becoming roommates
31:25 – “Bringing Baby Home” Program
34:51 – What is the key to a stronger marriage connection?
35:32 – Takeaways 

Insights and Invites


“The key for us was what we call the three T's watching our temper, tongue, and tone.” - Dave Schramm 
“That's not why you got married, you know, you got married because you love each other and your best friends and you have fun together.” - Beth Goss
“I think a big piece of advice is don't wait to be asked. Don't wait for your partner to say, could you do X?” - Beth Goss


  • Download the Gottman App to find the questions relating to the “Bringing Baby Home” program.
  • Enroll in the “Bringing Baby Home” training based on researched tips on how to prepare for starting a family.
  • Learn about tips that will help you to connect with your partner more on Gottman’s “Small Things Often” podcast.

About Beth Goss:

Beth Goss is a certified Gottman, educator and a training specialist for the bringing baby home program. She is also a full time faculty member at North Seattle College, where she teaches a parent education and child development classes to families raising children from birth to five years. Additionally, she was previously employed by Swedish Medical Center to teach childbirth, postpartum and sibling classes. She has authored several articles and has been interviewed for several podcasts discussing the transition to parenthood. Beth is originally from Queens, New York, but has called Seattle home for 31 years. She lives there with her husband and loves it when her adult kids visit. 

Beth Goss Links:
Gottman Website: https://www.gottman.com/
Personal Website: https://www.bethgoss.com/

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