web-collage-2Hello and welcome to the website for the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program. Here parents-to-be, their families and friends, health care professionals, researchers and others can learn about our classes, trainings and events. The MBCP Program was founded by Nancy Bardacke, certified nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher. We are delighted you are visiting us and hope you find the information here useful.

Just Released!

The Guardian published an article on June 5th highlighting our recently published research findings – “Can mindfulness reduce fear of labour and postpartum depression?

The New York Times article, published on May 31st, highlighting the same study – “The Benefits of a Mindful Pregnancy

The study, conducted by MBCP Faculty Member Larissa Duncan, PhD, the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child and Family Well-Being and Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Family Medicine & Community Health at UW-Madison, shows mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth improves childbirth experiences and lessens depression symptoms both during pregnancy and the early postpartum period.

The full text of the research article published online May 2017 in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth is freely available through open access:  Benefits of preparing for childbirth with mindfulness training: a randomized controlled trial with active comparison

A Quick Look

Upcoming Events:


Learn about Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond

Read about Mindful Birthing in Mindful Magazine and Greater Good Magazine.
An article just published in Greater Good Magazine: “Four Reasons to Practice Mindfulness During Pregnancy
Where have we been and where are we going? Check out our recent Newsletter!

Listen to our Audio Book of Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond with an introduction read by the author, Nancy Bardacke

Recent Research:

In this video from the Greater Good Science Center & Mindful Magazine’s “Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion” conference on March 8, 2013, Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, RN explains how mindfulness can mitigate the stress and pain of childbirth for both women and men.