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web-collage-2Hello and welcome to the website for the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program. Here parents-to-be, their families and friends, health care professionals, researchers and others can learn about our classes, trainings and events. The MBCP Program was founded by Nancy Bardacke, certified nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher. We are delighted you are visiting us and hope you find the information here useful.



Applications Now Open

for the September 2019 – June 2020 MBCP Teacher Training!

A live-online training with Nancy Bardacke and MBCP Faculty



Upcoming Professional Trainings & Events:

Tokyo, Japan

October 3, 2019Lecture by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, and Founder of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Program (MBCP). Todai (Tokyo) University. Open to all.

October 4 – 6, 2019Mind in Labor Weekend Workshop for Expectant Parents and Professionals. Taught by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA and Eluned Gold, MSc, MBCP Director of Training.

For more information about these events, please visit Mindful Birth Japan.

Beijing, China

October 14 – 20, 2019 – 6 Day MBCP Professional Training Retreat, taught by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA and Eluned Gold, MSc, MBCP Director of Training.  This retreat begins a 3 year MBCP Teacher Training Program in China, a collaborative effort between the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF) and the National Center for Women and Children’s Health, China CDC.

For more information, including how to apply, please visit our Professional Trainings page.

Paris, France 

September 2019 – July 2020 – MBCP Teacher Training in France.

For more information on this training, please visit our Professional Trainings page.

Freiburg, Germany

March 2020 – April 2021 – MBCP Teacher Training in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (MBCP-DACH). Held at the European Center for Mindfulness.

For more information on this training, please visit MBCP-DACH.


A Quick Look

Recent Research

Classes for Expectant Parents

Classes & Trainings for Professionals

Online MBCP Teacher Training & Certification


In this video from the Greater Good Science Center & Mindful Magazine’s “Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion” conference on March 8, 2013, Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, RN explains how mindfulness can mitigate the stress and pain of childbirth for both women and men.