Save the Date: Centers for Child and Family Wellbeing Biennial Conference

Mindful Families, Schools, and Communities:
Contemplative Practices to
Promote Child and Family Well-Being

Biennial Conference
Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2019
School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Conference registration and abstract submission portal will open in December 2018

Co-hosted by the Centers for Child and Family Well-Being (CCFWs) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Washington

Mindful Parenting

Thursday, May 16, 2019
School of Human Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Experiences of Postpartum Women after Mindfulness Childbirth Classes: A Qualitative Study

Experience of Postpartum Women after Mindfulness Childbirth Classes: A Qualitative Study 

Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health  –

Authors: Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, CNM, PhD, Shannon Abbott, RN, BSN, Rachel Hoehn, RN, BSN

Introduction: The postpartum period can be a challenging experience for many women as they adjust to the physical and social changes after childbirth. Mindfulness-based interventions have been developed for stress reduction in a variety of health contexts, including pregnancy. These interventions provide strategies that may help new mothers handle the physical, emotional, and relationship challenges of the postpartum period and increase acceptance of postpartum physical changes and body image. Limited research has explored whether women use skills learned in prenatal mindfulness classes for the postpartum experience and parenting. The purpose of this study was to explore women’s experience with mindfulness in the year after childbirth.

Methods: Twelve women who participated in a Mindfulness for Childbirth and Parenting course during pregnancy were interviewed be-tween 2 and 16 months postpartum. The semistructured interview guide included questions on how participants may have used mindful-ness to approach a variety of positive and negative postpartum experiences. Qualitative description methodology guided the research team to code the transcripts independently. The team met to review and achieve consensus in the development of codes, categories, and themes from the data.

Results: Four themes were identified in women’s postpartum experiences: 1) developing a new relationship with postpartum challenges, 2) formal practices of mindfulness to address postpartum challenges, 3) informal practices to address postpartum challenges, and 4) life-changing and transformative experiences. These themes showed a pathway by which participants used mindfulness skills to address postpartum challenges and to transform these challenges with a positive perspective.

Discussion: Mindfulness skills helped class participants cope with physical and emotional challenges postpartum and fostered positive meaningful relationships with partners and newborns. Findings have implications for future research on mindfulness-based interventions and the postpartum experience.

J Midwifery Womens Health 2018;00:1–8 c􀀀 2018 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Link to full text: Experience of Postpartum Women after Mindfulness Childbirth Classes: A Qualitative Study 


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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Teacher Training Information

The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation is excited to announce that we have expanded our online MBCP Teacher Training (MBCPTT) into a robust, year-long program.  For those of you who have completed your initial online MBCP Teacher Training with Nancy Bardacke prior to 2018 (now referred to as Level 1, Parts A & B), there is a now a Level 2 training that will supplement and deepen how you teach while also aligning you with our path towards becoming a Certified MBCP Teacher.  If you are interested in joining our Level 2 class, you can contact the MBCP Administrative Coordinator, Lily Springsteen, at or visit to learn more.
If you have yet to embark upon your MBCP Teacher Training or if you know others within your communities who may be interested in learning to teach MBCP, feel free to reach out with questions, find more information at, and share/post the flier below.  If you are moved to apply, the online application is available here: MBCPTT Application.   

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How Prenatal Mindfulness Can Help With Anxiety & Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Three women who experience physical and emotional challenges during pregnancy share the benefits of practicing prenatal mindfulness.  Read their stories here: Parents magazine

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MBCP Year in Popular Press


As the year comes to an end, we want to share the many publications in popular press that have highlighted MBCP in 2017.

With gratitude for those who’ve been instrumental in spreading the word about the work of MBCP!

Wishing all well in the new year!


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A study conducted by MBCP Faculty Member Larissa Duncan, PhD, the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child and Family Well-Being and Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Family Medicine & Community Health at UW-Madison.

This study suggests mindfulness training carefully tailored to address fear and pain of childbirth may lead to important maternal mental health benefits, including improvements in childbirth-related appraisals and the prevention of postpartum depression symptoms. There is also some indication that Mind in Labor participants may use mindfulness coping in lieu of systemic opioid pain medication. A large-scale RCT that captures real-time pain perceptions during labor and length of labor is warranted to provide a more definitive test of these effects.

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Happy New Year!


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

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The French Edition of Mindful Birthing is Released

Mindful Birthing_French copyWe are delighted to announce the French edition of Nancy Bardacke’s Mindful Birthing, published by Le Courrier du Livre: Se Préparer à la Naissance en Pleine Conscience.  Many thanks to all the translators of this edition, and to Jon Kabat-Zinn and Christophe André, for their wonderful forewords.  This edition also includes audio recordings of the MBCP practices that correspond with the lessons outlined in the book.

For more information about the MBCP Program in France, including a 6-day Introduction to MBCP Professional Training Retreat (26 March- 1 April 2015), visit or email

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Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches, 2nd Edition

The second edition of Ruth Baer’s (2014) BaerMindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches: Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications explores the conceptual foundation, implementation, and evidence base for the best-researched mindfulness interventions.  Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, and Larissa Duncan, PhD,  co-author the chapter entitled “Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting: Cultivating Inner Resources for the Transition to Parenthood and Beyond.”

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University of Massachusetts MBCP Grand Rounds

umass-medical-school-logoJoin Jennifer Moffitt, BA, CNM, RN, MSN, the University of Massachusetts’ Department of Family Medicine & Community Health Perinatal Services Manager and Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Teacher, for a Grand Rounds session on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 from 12:00-1:00 PM EST.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define mindfulness, and identify the evidence-based physiological and psychological benefits of present moment awareness, as related to pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenting.
2. Understand the origins of the Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program.
3. Experience 2 evidence-based mindfulness meditations that are taught in MBCP classes.
4. Envision the applicability of MBCP to a busy community health center/hospital practice.

CME Details
Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The UMMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA category 1 credit (s) TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Statement on Faculty Disclosure: It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed. Faculty disclosure will be provided in the activity materials.

Watch the Recorded Webcast Here

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