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!  –  Postpartum Depression May be Prevented when Mindfulness is Part of Childbirth Education

A new 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:

    • Mindful in May – An online challenge to bring clean, safe drinking water to those in the developing world. It includes weekly audio meditation downloads, and exclusive interviews with experts in the fields of meditation, wellbeing, and cutting edge science.  Find an interview with Nancy Bardacke and MBCP guided meditations Being with Baby and Loving-Kindness for Pregnancy.
    • May 25-27, 2017 – Stockholm, Sweden. European Congress on Intrapartum Care.  MBCP Teachers Anamaria Whitmer Jacobsson, MD and Lilian Wirken, RN will be leading a Mindful Practice in Childbirth Workshop with a focus on optimizing quality of care, communication and safety in labor management, and resilience among birthing staff, May 25th from 2:00-7:00 pm.
    • September 1-3, 2017 – Paris, France.  MBCP Professional Training Workshop with Nancy Bardacke.  Hosted by Naissance & Parentalite en Pleine Conscience. For registration contact Morgane Gottschalk: mbcp.naissance@gmail.com
    • September 6-9, 2017 – Freiburg, Germany.  MBCP Professional Training Workshop with Nancy Bardacke at the European Centre for Mindfulness.


We are pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to the Mindful Birthing Family

Farkindalikla Dogum

The Turkish Translation of Mindful Birthing


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.