MINDFULNESS-BASED CHILDBIRTH & PARENTING
Preparing the Body, Mind and Heart for childbirth and beyond.
The birth of a child is truly a beginning, not only of a new being entering this world, but also of individuals becoming or deepening their role as a parent. Becoming a parent is perhaps the most profound transformation in the adult life cycle. Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Program (MBCP) has been created to serve those going through this transformation and who then continue to work at one of the most important, joyous and stressful jobs on the planet, that of nurturing and caring for the next generation.
Integrating mindfulness practices such as breath awareness and yoga with childbirth and parenting education, MBCP helps parents-to-be cultivate lifelong practices for healthy living and wise parenting. The program is an adaptation of the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
Since founding MBCP in 1998, Nancy Bardacke has taught over 70 sessions of the core 9-week Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education class and many workshops for expectant parents. She has been both deeply moved and heartened by the experiences participants report: that learning mindfulness brings benefits greater than they could have imagined. Beyond the birth, mindfulness practice continues to serve in the immediate, intense, joyful and sometimes stressful weeks and months of learning to care for a new baby. Many report that the mindfulness practice has indeed been a source of strength, growth and pleasure in the early years of becoming a family.
The Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Program (MBCP) is an adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In the MBCP program, expectant parents practice mindfulness meditation, yoga and mindfulness in daily life. Classes include the physiology of childbirth, ways to use the mind to work with pain during labor, positions for birthing, breastfeeding and parenting a newborn. As we actively cultivate mindfulness together we may find that we are able to more fully live the joys and more gracefully navigate the inevitable challenges of this life transforming time while building a foundation and a lifelong resource for healthy living and wise parenting.
In this class we will:
• Access deep physical and mental relaxation
• Learn to 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 our own approach to parenting
Course includes: 9 weekly classes before birth, an All-Day practice session, a Reunion class after birth, and course materials.
MIND IN LABOUR WORKSHOP
15 hours of training
Friday evening to Sunday afternoon
Often pain and anxiety are our greatest challenges in childbirth. Learning to use our mind to work with these challenges can make a huge difference in our labor and delivery experiences. The Mind in Labor workshop is a time to look deeply at pain and fear in childbirth and to cultivate present moment awareness for meeting whatever childbirth experience might unfold. The workshop is an excellent complement to any childbirth education class, including refresher classes. It can also be helpful for those who anticipate a birth experience requiring special medical attention or for those who have had a previous difficult birth experience.
In this workshop we will:
• Practice mindfulness and its applications for working with pain and fear during labor
• Understand the mind/body connection in childbirth and how mindful awareness can be a critical element in facilitating the birth process
• Experience using the breath as an anchor to the present moment for maintaining the optimal physiology for childbirth
• Tap into inner reservoirs of strength, confidence and courage
• Learn how to be fully present to give comfort and support as a birth partner
• Begin or deepen an understanding of the power of mindfulness—moment-to-moment awareness—for the challenges of birthing and parenting.
Take this course:
For either of these courses contact me to check availability. It may also be possible to take these courses online.