Mindful Birthing - Programs for Mindful Family Living
  Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education
  The Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Program is an adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In our program expectant parents practice mindfulness meditation, yoga and mindfulness in daily life. Classes include the physiology of childbirth, ways to use the mind to work with pain during labor, positions for birthing, breastfeeding and parenting a newborn. As we actively cultivate mindfulness together we may find that we are able to more fully live the joys and more gracefully navigate the inevitable challenges of this life transforming time while building a foundation and a lifelong resource for healthy living and wise parenting.

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting Program

"I learned not only how to deal with the contractions of labor but the contractions of life!"

"The class provided information not written in any book and helped us find the courage I believe is needed for childbirth."

In this program we will:

  • Access deep physical and mental relaxation
  • Learn to engage the mind to work with pain during labor
  • Increase confidence and courage for the experience of labor and delivery
  • Practice prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility
  • Develop skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting and daily life
  • Enhance partner communication skills
  • Become more aware of our own approach to parenting

Course includes:
One Introductory Session, 9 weekly classes before birth, an All-Day practice session, and a Reunion Class after birth

Wed April 18 - June 13
All-Day Session: Sat May 26
6:45 - 9:45pm
Instructor: Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA

Location: UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Information/registration or call 415-353-7718

Course Materials:
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., a workbook,
and two CDs for home practice

Instructor: Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA

Due to space limitations, early registration is advised.

Partial reimbursement may be possible under some health insurance plans.


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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Education Program