Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation
The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and training in mindfulness skills for expectant parents, families, children, and the professionals who care for them in order to maximize health and wellbeing throughout the life cycle.
The mission of the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF) is to support the global accessibility of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program and approaches across all cultural, socio-economic, religious, and political orientations, influencing programs, models of care, and policies that will improve the health and wellbeing of expectant women, babies, partners, and families in the critical early years of life. The MBPF does this by providing field-leading education and resources to expectant families and high-quality, rigorous professional trainings for MBCP instructors. The MBPF is committed to contributing to the evidence-base for mindfulness practice as a whole, and MBCP in particular, through the support of rigorous scientific research and the establishment of strong ethical guidelines and training processes for all MBCP and MBCP-inspired programs.
The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation’s (MBPF) vision is to build on our early successes and to develop the self-sustaining aspects of our organization in order to support the MBPF mission for decades to come. The MBPF’s activities fall into 3 main categories:
MBCP Teacher Training
Our intention is to continue to develop, improve, and scale the MBCP professional teacher training that the MBPF already provides. We will offer professional training of the highest quality, meeting and exceeding the existing standards of professionalism and integrity that have already been developed for other mindfulness-based training programs (MBPs) throughout the world. Working with birth providers, perinatal professionals, and family support organizations, we will endeavor to offer the MBCP program with sensitivity, honoring local cultures and languages. Whenever possible, we will offer training scholarships to aspiring MBCP instructors, giving emphasis to those serving under-resourced communities.
Our intention is to contribute to the evidence-base of MBCP’s efficacy for expectant parents and their families for both the near and long-term impact. We will also enhance our existing relationships with highly regarded research institutions and work to support collaborative exchanges amongst our international research community. Wherever possible, we will provide open access to MBCP publications, facilitate student research, and award grants in the spirit of scientific transparency and learning. We will also engage in a process of adaptation and development of the MBCP curriculum as new research findings emerge.
Our commitment to this work is grounded in the intention to build a global educational movement of MBCP professionals and supporters dedicated to bringing greater awareness, kindness, connectedness, and caring to families worldwide. The MBPF is committed to developing and encouraging local and international communities of MBCP teachers and professionals who engage in supporting one another and the families they serve.