Upcoming MBCP Professional Trainings in the US and Abroad


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pre-Conference Workshop with Nancy Bardacke, CNM and Larissa Duncan, PhD at the International Conference on Mindfulness (ICM) 2018

Becoming a parent is perhaps the most profound change in the adult life cycle. Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) is designed as a childbirth education program grounded in teaching expectant parents mindfulness skills for addressing the stresses of pregnancy, the pain and fear that can be a normal part of the unpredictable birthing journey that brings new life into this world — and to have these skills in place for attuned parenting from the moments of birth. In learning mindfulness skills during pregnancy, there may be a way to increase the potential for a healthier gestation, a more positive childbirth and early postpartum experience as well as provide new parents with inner skills for parenting the next generation with greater awareness, kindness, connectedness, and care.

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:
• Learn about the history and developing global reach of MBCP
• Understand the applicability of MBCP for diverse populations, including the urban poor, rural populations and immigrant communities
• Experience first-hand several of the mind/body pain practices as they are taught in the MBCP classroom
• Hear about the most recent research supporting the MBCP program

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Workshop only: 250 euros

In combination with main conference:
Early Bird (until March 10, 2018) – 175 euros
Regular – 195 euros

Information & Registration

San Francisco, California

The Mind in Labor: A Weekend Workshop with Nancy Bardacke, CNM

A weekend workshop for both expectant parents and professionals.  Nancy, the MBCP Founding Director, offers practical mindfulness skills for reducing stress and anxiety during pregnancy, working with pain during childbirth, and promoting a relationship of caring, connectedness and compassion between new parents and their infants from the moment of birth.

Dates: TBD

Friday, 6:45 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Monday class is for professionals only)

Location: Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, 1545 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94115

Fee: $192.50 per single / $385 per couple / $425 per professional

Information & Registration for Expectant Parents

Information & Registration for Professionals

Information for Those Interested in Becoming an MBCP Instructor

Becoming a Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Instructor is a process that by its very nature takes patience, commitment, dedication, individual responsibility, creativity and imagination. MBCP teacher training is firmly grounded in the principle that the authenticity and effectiveness of one’s teaching can only come through one’s own personal mindfulness practice. Embodying the practice both inside and outside the classroom is key and this can only be developed through one’s own personal formal and informal mindfulness practice.

In response to requests for training to become an MBCP Instructor, formal MBCP Teacher Training (MBCPTT) programs have been developed both in the US and abroad.  For those who would like to begin preparing to enter a formal MBCP Teacher Training program, a document outlining the essential background is posted below.

Background to Become a Certified MBCP Teacher

Information About MBCPTT & Certification



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