“What is the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Education Program?”
As a midwife, Nancy Bardacke had often seen the extraordinary
miracle of pregnancy and birth clouded by fear and stress —fear
of the birthing process itself and the stress of the journey into the
unknown. In reflecting on her midwifery experiences and her training in
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Nancy wondered if mindfulness, the
practice of living fully in each moment, could be helpful for expectant
parents and those engaged in the work of raising children. Could mindfulness
help parents come to a way of being that could both ease childbirth and
form a foundation for parenting with compassion, awareness, and kindness?
Pregnant women often report a tremendous increase in confidence in their capacity to give birth after taking the MBCP course. Partners often report an increase in confidence in their ability to support their partner during the birth process. Couples who attend the program say their communication and relationship improves as they learn and practice mindfulness together. And most everyone reports an increased ability to manage stress in their everyday life. All of these factors have a positive effect on birth experiences and are lasting well into parenting.Mind in Labor
Often the greatest challenge of childbirth is learning how to work with pain and anxiety. Learning to use our minds to work with these challenges can make a huge difference in our labor and delivery experiences. This workshop is a day for looking deeply at pain and fear during childbirth and for cultivating present moment awareness as a powerful way to prepare to give birth. This 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 difficult previous birth experience.Mindfulness-Based Infant Massage
This is a class where parents learn a relational mindfulness practice that fosters connectedness and deep attunement with their babies. As we learn to listen to our babies’ non-verbal communications and communicate with our infants in their first language, touch, we help our babies become calmer and more at ease within themselves, as we do the same. In group discussions we acknowledge the profound life changes we are experiencing as new parents, using mindfulness practice as a way to come back into balance in this dynamic time. This is a graduate course open to those who have taken the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education Program.Mindfulness in Parenting: Cultivating Healthy Life Skills for Everyday Family Living
As parents we often feel overwhelmed by the stresses of parenting and the challenges of juggling family and work, whether we work outside of the home or within. We may find ourselves reacting to our children with frustration or irritation, then judge ourselves harshly, wishing we were “a better parent”. Through practicing mindfulness, we may find that we can strengthen our ability to respond, rather than react to our children. As our awareness grows we may experience greater patience, wisdom, open-heartedness and joy in our parenting and in all aspects of our daily lives.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Life Skills for the Professional Care Provider
In this one-day workshop we will learn about the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Education Program, learn how mindfulness can be an essential skill for a birthing family and ourselves and explore ways we might increase present moment awareness in our own lives and the lives of those we serve.