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.

A Quick Look

Upcoming Events in 2016:

    • May 31st – San Francisco, CA.  Presentation to the San Francisco General Hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program.  7:309:45 p.m., SFGH, 1001 Potrero Ave.  In the Wellness Center on the 2nd floor.
    • June 16th – Brussels, Belgium.  Public Talk.  8:00-10:00 p.m., at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in room H2215.


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

Read about Mindful Birthing in Mindful Magazine and Greater Good Magazine.
Where have we been and where are we going? Check out our recent Newsletter!

Recent Research:

2015: “Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP): Innovation in birth preparation to support healthy, happy families” in the International Journal of Birth & Parent Education
2014: “The Mind In Labor: Effects of Mind/Body Training on Childbirth Appraisals and Pain Medication Use During Labor” [abstract] in the The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
2014“Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP): A health promotion model for childbirth education?” in the International Journal of Birth & Parent Education
2014: Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches: Clinicians guide to evidence base and applications (2nd ed.) Bardacke, N. & Duncan, L.  (2014).  Mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting: Cultivating inner resources for the transition to parenthood and beyond.  In R. Baer (Ed.), Mindfulness-based treatment approaches: Clinicians guide to evidence base and applications (2nd ed.). London, UK: Elsevier.

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.