Strengthening marriages is important to the well-being of individuals, families and communities. The transition to parenthood brings with it particular risks and opportunities for marriage relationships, yet no interventions have been successful in accessing a large number of couples during this critical time prepare and strengthen them for the challenges of becoming parents. The healthcare system has an established education infrastructure (childbirth education) that interacts with a significant number of couples during the transition to parenthood and has become increasingly open to incorporating relationship strengthening efforts into existing programs. The Marriage Moments program was designed to access couples through this system. This new approach to marriage education employs a program design unique in three ways: the context of childbirth education, a low-intensity content based on a model of marital virtues, and a simple, self-administered format of materials that gives the program great flexibility and transportability that can be implemented in a variety of existing systems. Initial formative program evaluation data show that the program is well received by participating couples. Marriage Moments is currently being pilot tested to evaluate its effectiveness in strengthening marriage through the transition, but it is expected the program will be disseminated widely and reach numerous couples as they transition to parenthood.



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Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life; Marriage, Family, and Human Development



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marriage, parenthood, marriage enrichment, couple education, childbirth education, child birth education, health care, family life education, transition to parenthood, marital virtues, marriage education, parent education, relationship education, prenatal education, virtues model, marriage moments, self-administered education, program evaluation, marriage strengthening, educational infrastructure, healthcare system, marriage intervention, becoming parents