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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:

    • April 28-29, 2017 – Seattle, Washington.  2017 Mindfulness Research Conference.  Mindful Families, Schools, & Communities: Contemplative Practices to Promote Child and Family Wellbeing.  Co-hosted by the Centers for Child and Family Well-Being at the University of Washington and University of Wisconsin, Madison.
    • 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 6-9, 2017 – Freiburg, Germany.  3-day MBCP Professional Training Workshop with Nancy Bardacke.  At the European Centre for Mindfulness.  More information coming soon. In the meantime, please contact the European Centre for Mindfulness with questions.

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 new 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.