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Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond

With Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine, Bardacke offers practices that will help you find calm and ease during this life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting.


  • Increases confidence and decreases fear of childbirth
  • Taps into deep inner resources for working with pain
  • Improves couple communication, connection, and cooperation
  • Provides stress-reducing skills for greater joy and wellbeing


“Bringing mindfulness to the birthing process has everything to recommend it: it can reduce fear and stress and make the experience more rewarding for all involved. All that’s required is to practice the techniques that Nancy Bardacke explains so clearly in this book.
—Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author

“Combining ancient wisdom and modern evidence-based science, the practices in this book will change your life. A must-buy for expectant parents, for midwives and other professionals involved in birthing, and also for any of us who want a glimpse of what great mindfulness teaching can offer us.”
—Mark Williams, bestselling author of The Mindful Way Through Depression

“Mindful Birthing is a unique, positive and welcome contribution to the world of birthing. I highly recommend this book to all pregnant women.”
—Patricia A. Robertson MD, Professor and Attending Obstetrician, University of California, San Francisco

“As a mother to be, I learned to mindfully embrace the uncertainties of birth and parenting through Nancy’s teachings. As an obstetrician, I felt inspired to integrate these methods into my practice. This is at the top of my recommended reading list for all of my patients.”
—Sarah Wilson MD, University of California, San Francisco

“Until Mindful Birthing, good techniques for helping you experience the unpredictable changes of pregnancy and birth with resilience have not been available. Using the mindfulness techniques in this book, the process of pregnancy, birth, and parenting is transformed from a series of stressful changes to a joyful journey.”
—Tekoa L. King CNM, MPH Deputy Editor Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health

“Mindful Birthing develops a unique blend of meditation, yoga and scientific information into a user friendly approach to maternity care and life changes after childbirth. It is a practical way to approach the many potential technologic intrusions that are so much a part of modern day obstetrics.”
—Douglas W. Laube, MD, Past President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

“In Mindful Birthing, science, story, and skill-building are woven together seamlessly engaging the reader to pay attention to the breath and stay in the moment, fully experiencing happiness and joy as well as fear and pain. Expectant mothers and their partners can just “be”. What a gift!”
—Sharon S. Rising, midwife and CEO of the Centering Healthcare Institute

“This book gives parents and parents to be the tools they need to meet their experience with honesty, compassion, and kindness. A truly valuable resource.”
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness

“Mindful Birthing is a lovely book. It makes you think and it makes you cry. Give it to any one you know about to give birth. It will change the parents’ life–and the life of their child.”
—Barry Boyce, editor-in-chief,

“Mindful Birthing recognizes that no factor is more significant for our national health than how our children are born and raised. Nancy Bardacke offers a vision for how everyone involved in birth and parenting can act with utmost care. Let’s make this required reading in medical education.
—Congressman Tim Ryan

Mindful Birthing Translations:
Chinese: Coming soon!

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Audio Book


Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond

Unabridged audio book with an introduction narrated by author Nancy Bardacke.

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MindfulBirthing_CD Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond
(Guided Meditations) with Nancy Bardacke, CNM

Order: Amazon | CD Baby | iTunes

These Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) guided meditations are an invitation to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for meeting the profound changes of mind and body during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

Disc One: 1. The Breath  2. Awareness of Breathing  3. Sitting Meditation  4. Body Scan Intro  5. Body Scan
Disc Two: 1. Yoga Intro  2. Yoga  3. Walking Meditation  4. Being with Baby  5. Loving-Kindness Intro  6. Loving-Kindness

Guided Meditation Translations:
Dutch: CD recorded by Joke Hellemans, MP3 files recorded by Yvonne Tuinte 
French: CD included with the book
German: Das Audiomaterial als MP3
Romanian: Practicile audio în limba română 
Turkish: NA

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The Mindfulness App: Mindfulness for Pregnancy is a wonderful tool for any pregnant woman and her partner who want to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for meeting the profound changes of body and mind during pregnancy and for the life-changing experience of childbirth ahead. Through the practice of mindfulness meditation, you can learn a way to more fully live the moments of joy and manage the inevitable stresses of this transformative time as well as cultivate lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting. Mindfulness for Pregnancy can help you with one of the most difficult aspect of mindfulness practice – namely, to remember to be mindful.

Currently unavailable as we work on updates


Mindfulness for Pregnancy helps you begin or deepen a mindfulness practice during pregnancy by offering guided meditations as well as suggestions for bringing mindfulness into your everyday life.

A Guided Sitting Meditation gives instructions for using the breath as a focus of awareness for your meditation practice.

The Body Scan takes you on a journey of awareness through your body in which the various body sensations are the focus of attention.

Mindful Yoga includes a sequence of simple body stretches that can bring more ease to your pregnant body. They can be done anytime you can take a few minutes to practice.

Walking Meditation gives instructions for formal walking meditation as well as suggestions for how to use walking practice informally in daily life.

Guided Lovingkindness Meditation is a mind-body-heart practice for cultivating kindness, friendliness and well-wishing for your baby, yourself and others.

Being with Baby Meditation gives simple instructions for being with the sensations you experience when the baby moves during your day (and sometime night!), and how those movements can be a reminder to come back to the present moment.

Timed Sessions include several guided, silent, and personalized meditations of varying length with bells and peaceful background sounds.

Mindfulness Reminders provide gentle reminders throughout your day or week to help you connect with your baby and become more present in your daily life.

You can also use the Mindful Pregnancy App at any time in your daily life, for example while waiting for a bus or riding on the subway.

We hope that you and your partner find the Mindfulness for Pregnancy App helpful as you prepare for birth of your baby and for the remarkable life-long adventure of parenting that lies ahead!

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We at the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, rely on the generosity of our donors to support our work. If you feel called to support Mindful Birthing, consider a tax-deductible donation to our Foundation.

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