New at Parenting Study

Thank you for your interest in the New at Parenting Study!*


Parentline is a telehealth service that supports new parents with children birth to three years of age for non-medical issues such as developmental milestones, sleeping, feeding, and crying concerns, postpartum well-being, and the co-parenting relationship.


What is this study about?

The primary purpose of this study is to examine the impact of receiving regularly scheduled telehealth counseling services delivered by advanced, trained clinical psychology doctoral students working within Parentline during the first six months of parenthood.

We want to understand how parents who receive scheduled phone counseling services delivered through brief therapy techniques are impacted compared with parents who do not receive these services, and will measure this using questionnaires that ask about a parent's well-being, stress level, confidence as a parent, and support they perceive having. We will also be interviewing a group of parents to more specifically understand the experience of becoming a parent and receiving or using Parentline's services.


How will you conduct this research? All participants will be asked to complete three 10-minute online questionnaires: during pregnancy, 3-weeks after their baby's birth, and when their baby is 6 months old. Half of our participants will be randomly selected to receive three pre-planned counseling sessions over Zoom (conference call software) during months 1, 3, and 5 of their baby's life. The other half of participants are welcome to call Parentline anytime.


* This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of San Francisco. Currently, enrollment for the study has ended.