Upcoming MBCP Professional Trainings in the US and Europe

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) An Introductory Workshop for Health Professionals

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) is a unique childbirth education program designed to teach expectant parent the life skill of mindfulness for addressing the stress, pain and fear that are often a normal part of the profound journey through pregnancy and childbirth — and to have these skills in place for attuned parenting from the moments of birth. Teaching mindfulness skills during pregnancy enhances the potential for a healthy gestation, a positive childbirth experience and sows the seeds for parenting the next generation with greater awareness, kindness, connectedness, and care. Expectant couples will be included in the workshop from Friday evening – Sunday afternoon. All will experience first-hand the meditation practices, including mind/body pain practices, as they are taught in the MBCP classroom.

Date: April 29 – May 2, 2016
Location: Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, 1545 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94115

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Mindful Birthing and Parenting: A Weekend Workshop with Nancy Bardacke, CNM

A weekend workshop entitled The Mind in Labor will take place from the 17th to the 19th June for both expectant parents and professionals at Les Sources in Woluwe. During this workshop Nancy will offer practical mindfulness skills for reducing stress and anxiety during pregnancy, working with pain during childbirth and skills for promoting a relationship of caring, connectedness and compassion between new parents and their infants from the moments of birth.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet a passionate woman and discover a powerful program! Can’t make the workshop but want a taste of the work? There will be a public talk on Mindful Birthing and Parenting in Brussels on June 16th from 8:00 pm to 10:00.

Date: June 17 – 19, 2016
Location: Brussels, Belgium

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Public Talk  on June 16 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Mindful Birthing and Parenting: A Weekend Workshop with Nancy Bardacke, CNM

In this experiential 3 day workshop, expectant couples and healthcare professionals will learn the mindfulness practices as taught in the MBCP program, including the practices for working with pain and fear. This workshop is open to expectant women and their partners and to healthcare professionals interested in the application of mindfulness practice in the domain of perinatal health.  Participants will experience first-hand each of the mindfulness meditation practices, including the mind/body pain practices, as they are taught in the MBCP classroom.  There will also be time for health care professionals to become familiar with the core elements of  the MBCP program, explore or deepen their own understanding of mindfulness and this way of teaching for expectant parents, and investigate the potential for bringing this approach specifically into the maternal, child and family health in which they work.

Date: June 24 – 26, 2016
Location: Madrid, Spain

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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 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 suggested guidelines are given below. Our hope is that these educational experiences will be helpful in exploring whether becoming an MBCP Instructor is indeed the path for you at this point in time. Many of these educational experiences will enable you to begin or deepen your own mindfulness practice, your knowledge of the population you will be serving, enhance your potential for greater understanding and embodiment of the practice both inside and outside of the classroom and support you in providing ethical and effective service to the population you intend to serve.

For more information regarding prerequisites for those interested in becoming a MBCP Instructor, please read our Suggested Background document.

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