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Mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting (MBCP)
SPECIALIST Training module for mindfulness professionals

Next Training: To Be Announced

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) is an evidence-based program for expectant parents that integrates mindfulness skills and practice with childbirth and parenting education.​

Founded in 1998, by nurse-midwife Nancy Bardacke, CNM, the 9-week MBCP program is one of the first adaptations of the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. In the years since its inception, thousands of expectant parents have used MBCP to help them navigate the transformational processes of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the intense, joyful, and sometimes stressful experiences of being a parent. 

Some benefits of perinatal mindfulness include:

  • Reduced stress

  • Reduced anxiety

  • Reduced depression

  • Reduced fear of childbirth

  • Reduced pain catastrophizing

  • Reduced non-urgent interventions

  • Reduced NICU trauma + stays
  • Improved childbirth self-efficacy
  • Improved breast/chestfeeding initiation
  • Improved maternal-fetal attachment
  • Improved positive affect

  • Improved partner psychological well-being

  • Improved infant resilience

  • Improved infant socio-emotional development

The MBCP Specialist Training Module is an accelerated course designed for mindfulness professionals who have trained to teach in a recognized Mindfulness-Based Intervention (MBI) program (including MBSR, MBCT or equivalent) and wish to specialize in MBCP. If you have not previously trained to teach mindfulness, our full MBCP Teacher Training may be more appropriate for you.


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The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF) accepts Mindfulness Professionals who have completed mindfulness training courses that adhere to the Framework for the Integrity of Mindfulness-Based Programs standards.


Other professional mindfulness training programs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

While not mandatory to begin the MBCP Specialist Training, the MBPF does advise that students aim to fulfill the list of recommendations outlined in the full MBCP Teacher Training's Suggested Background document as part of their learning.


  • 20 Hours

The first phase of the MBCP Specialist Training is the MBCP Retreat. During this weekend intensive, students will experience many of the essential teachings and practices in the MBCP program. This introductory retreat allows students to engage with the MBCP program curriculum as a course participant — gaining an intimate understanding of how mindfulness and perinatal education both intersect and serve expectant parents.

The MBCP Training, Day-long retreat, and home practice

  • 20 Hours (training: 2.5 hours/week)

  • 5 Hours (retreat)

  • 16 Hours (home practice: at least 2 hours/week)

  • Optional: 4-part self-guided Birth Module

Following the MBCP Retreat, students will embark on an 8-week online course during which they will learn to teach the MBCP program and better understand the history, theory, and research behind MBCP. If a student has no professional perinatal experience, a self-guided Birth Module will be made available.

Means of learning include:

  • Watching + reflecting on pre-recorded MBCP course videos

  • Exploratory dialogue both during class (oral) and in the online classroom forum (written)

  • Experiential teaching and inquiry during class and the day-long retreat led by faculty members

  • Personal reflection of daily practice and thoughts/beliefs/emotions regarding childbirth and parenting

  • Peer support as students partner and practice teaching with one another between classes 

  • Faculty support, including individualized meeting opportunities 

  • Supplemental materials to mitigate knowledge deficits, such as the Birth Module

  • Supervision + mentoring while preparing for and teaching the first MBCP course after completion of training

birth module

  • Self Guided Learning

This Birth Module helps to build education literacy so that students have a better sense of ease and familiarity with the topics and questions that may arise within the classroom. While the scope of practice as an MBCP Teacher does not extend to offering medical advice or opinions to class participants, it is important to understand the context in which expectant parents are attempting to apply their mindfulness skills. This is a self guided module that the student can complete in their own time during the Programme.

Young Mother

supervision + mentoring

Upon completion of the MBCP Specialist Training, students are eligible to begin teaching the MBCP program. Included in the price of tuition is a series of 8 individual or group mentoring sessions to support you during your first MBCP teaching experience.

Graduates are also invited to join the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation's MBCP Teacher Alumni Community Group — an opportunity to connect with hundreds of other MBCP Teachers across the globe, to gain access to the "Find an MBCP Teacher" search tool on the website, and to stay up-to-date with professional development opportunities.


Graduates of the MBCP Specialist Training are eligible to apply to become a Certified MBCP Teacher through the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation, which issues the post-nominal honorarium MBCPTc.

Program details

Sitting Meditation

The MBCP Retreat

Date: TBC (weekend)

Time: (Eastern Time)

Friday: 9:00am-3:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Using a Tablet

The MBCP Training

Date: TBC (weekly)

Time: (Eastern Time)

Wednesdays for 8 weeks:


Yoga Pose Looking Up

The Half-Day Retreat

Date: TBC

Time: (Eastern Time)



* Calculate your local time from the Eastern Time listed above:





Application Fee



Tuition (includes 8 mentoring sessions and Birth Module with Q/A Session)


  • Payment in full at time of enrollment.

  • $250 Early Bird Discount using code EARLY for registration before 1 April 2024



8 Group or Individual Mentoring Sessions are included

Certification via the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (optional)


Contact us for a full list of certification requirements

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