Dear Friends of the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation,
It is with immense joy that I share with you the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation’s (MBPF) many activities in 2015. What an exciting and event-filled year it has been!
As the need for well-trained Mindfulness-based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) instructors continues to grow both nationally and internationally, much of our activities in the past year focused on training perinatal healthcare providers who want to bring the MBCP program to expectant parents in their communities. The focus on teacher training also brings benefit to MBCP researchers studying the effects of the MBCP program on expectant women and families. This year introductory professional trainings were held in California, Hong Kong, France, the UK and Australia.
In April, MBPF offered a 13-week online MBCP Teacher Training for 20 participants in 9 countries.
In June, information about the impact of the inaugural course “Mindfulness Skills for Midwifery Practice: Stress Reduction for the Nurse-Midwifery Student” was shared at the the ACNM Education Committee’s “Innovations in Midwifery Education” at the American College of Nurse-Midwives 60th Annual Convention in Washington, DC.
In November, the MBPF held its first MBCP faculty meeting online! Our esteemed faculty members are: Judy Cuneo, MD/Ob-Gyn, Larissa Duncan, PhD, Maret Dymond, PhD, Jane Gerlach, CNM, Eluned Gold, MSc, and Jen Moffitt, CNM. We look forward to working together and to the time when we will offer mentoring for new MBCP Teachers.
In collaboration with the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation welcomed Drs. Ruimin Zheng and YanQing Yang to the SF Bay Area for a 5 week MBCP training and study visit. In her work as the Deputy Director of the National Center for Women’s and Children’s Health, Chinese CDC, the People’s Republic of China, Dr. Zheng’s intention is to bring the MBCP program to China as part of a multifaceted long term effort to support physiologic childbirth for the women, babies and families of China.
Looking ahead to 2016 we will continue our focus on MBCP Teacher Training, working with colleagues in the US and internationally to outline a clear teacher training pathway for full MBCP Teacher Certification. We will also continue to work with and support our research colleagues worldwide who are looking to discover and document the benefits of mindfulness practice in the perinatal period. You can find out about some of our 2016 class offerings here. Details about upcoming classes and trainings, including those in Spain and Belgium in June 2016, will be available soon.
As you may well imagine, we rely on the generosity of our friends to assist us financially with this vitally important work. Please consider making a donation to the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation this year.
Wishing you and yours a safe and peaceful Holiday Season and may the New Year ahead be filled with many moments of joy and ease.
Nancy Bardacke, CNM
Founding Director, Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation