The Science Behind Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Education
Results of a pilot study about MBCP in
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Education is an adaptation of the pioneering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In this section we have summarized some of the research findings about MBSR that are relevant to our program. The program’s creator and lead teacher, Nancy Bardacke, CNM, has had extensive training in teaching MBSR.
These improvements remained stable in follow-up studies four years later. In aggregated results of all follow-up studies, 93% of respondents reported that they were still using one or more mindfulness practices at some level.
In addition to patients in hospitals and clinics, over the past 25 years MBSR has been taught worldwide to diverse groups, such as corporate employees, CEOs, educators, grammar school and high school students, Spanish-speaking community clinic patients, attorneys, judges, prison inmates, correctional staff, health care professionals, members of the clergy, and Olympic and professional athletes, including the world champion Chicago Bulls and the LA Lakers basketball teams. We are happy to be able to extend the many benefits of mindfulness practice into the domain of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.