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  The Mind in Labor: Working with Pain in Childbirth

Often pain and anxiety are our greatest challenges in childbirth. Learning to use our mind to work with these challenges can make a huge difference in our labor and delivery experiences. These workshops will be a time to look deeply at pain and fear in childbirth and to cultivate present moment awareness for meeting whatever childbirth experience might unfold. The workshops are an excellent complement to any childbirth education class, including refresher classes. They can also be helpful for those who anticipate a birth experience requiring special medical attention or for those who have had a previous difficult birth experience.

The Mind in Labor:

Working with Pain and Fear in Childbirth

Weekend Mindfulness Skills Workshops

“Practicing different methods to work with pain dramatically reduced my fears. It made me feel I could do it!”

“It helped bring my partner and I closer together for labor and delivery.”

In this workshop we will:

  • Practice mindfulness and its applications for working with pain and fear during labor
  • Understand the mind/body connection in childbirth and how mindful awareness can be a critical element in facilitating the birth process
  • Experience using the breath as an anchor to the present moment for maintaining the optimal physiology for childbirth
  • Tap into inner reservoirs of strength, confidence and courage
  • Learn how to be fully present to give comfort and support as a birth partner
  • Begin or deepen an understanding of the power of mindfulness--moment-to-moment awareness--for the challenges of birthing and parenting

Weekend Workshop:
May 4 - 6
Fri eve: 7 - 9:30pm
Sat 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sun 10am - 4:30pm

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

Instructor: Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA

Partners encouraged to attend.
Due to space limitations, early registration is advised.
or call 415-353-7718

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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Education Program