Through an experiential approach, you will broaden your ability to navigate whatever lies ahead.
Mindfulness—the awareness that comes from paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally—brings benefits to this unique time. These skills will help you manage stress; work with discomfort, pain, and fear; and open up clearer lines of communication. MBCP also builds confidence in inner resources, shifts perceptions, and increases relaxation and calm. All of these benefits carry over into parenting and life in general.
“I think this is an important tool for life. Not just for labor and parenting.” Expectant Mother
“I would say that I was anxious, and that my anxiety level is lower now that I have a toolkit of ways to deal with that stress or anxiety.” Expectant Mother
Mindfulness Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP) was founded by midwife and mindfulness teacher Nancy Bardacke in 1998 and is an evidence-based adaptation of the well-researched Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. For more information about the history of MBCP, the current research, and Nancy Bardacke, visit www.mindfulbirthing.org.
During the nine-week MBCP class, you will learn to:
- Access deep physical and mental relaxation
- Engage the mind to work with pain during labor
- Increase confidence and courage for the experience of labor and delivery
- Practice prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility
- Develop skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting and daily life
- Enhance partner communication skills
- Become more aware of your own approach to parenting
The nine-week group class will be offered:
Spring/Summer Session 2019: June – August 2019, will be appropriate for EDDs in August or later. Please call to learn more.
Cost for the nine-week class is $400 for expectant mom and support person/partner, and includes guided audio tracks and a copy of Mindful Birthing.
Private Sessions tailored to individuals or couples, whether pregnant or planning to parent via adoption or surrogacy, can be arranged.