Mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting (MBCp) Teacher Training Program


OPEN FOR 2023!
Provisional Dates:
Level 1A: February 2023 – April 2023

Level 1B: April 2023 – August 2023

Level 2: September 2023 – November 2023

program description

The MBCPTT program will equip professionals to teach the 9-week Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) course to pregnant women and their partners. The MBCP course has been widely acclaimed, with perinatal professionals from all over the world now training to teach MBCP.

The training is open to perinatal professionals who have completed an 8-week MBSR, MBCT, or MBCP course and who have some experience working with families during the perinatal period.

The MBCP course offers parents-to-be the opportunity to use the remarkably transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth to learn mindfulness skills for working with the stress, pain and fear that are often a normal part of this profound journey into the unknown. Through the learning offered in the MBCP course, the expectant parents will also have these skills in place for parenting mindfully from the moments of birth.

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Expectant parents find that as they practice being in the present moment, they are able to live through this ordinary—and extraordinary—life transition with greater confidence, wisdom and joy. The practice of mindfulness becomes not only a way of birthing but a lifelong resource for parenting and living with greater awareness, kindness, connectedness and care.

While MBCP is certainly not the only way to teach mindfulness to the childbearing population, the MBCP course is well-grounded in a methodology and approach that is evidence-based and that has already been proven to be extraordinarily effective in reducing stress and increasing the mental and physical health and well-being of tens of thousands of people worldwide. We are delighted to now share this work through the online MBCP Teacher Training (MBCPTT) program so that others might be able to bring the profound benefits of mindfulness practice to those who are birthing and parenting the next generation.

Click the button below for a full description of the required background and qualifications necessary to apply for the MBCP Teacher Training program.

The MBCPTT program extends over 10 months and is divided into 3 parts:
Level 1A, Level 1B, and Level 2.
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Level 1A

The Level 1A course includes:

  • Experiencing the MBCP course as a participant-observer by watching (through streamed video) a full 9-week MBCP course, including the day of silence, taught by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, who developed MBCP.

  • Doing weekly readings from Nancy’s book Mindful Birthing.

  • Completing the same home meditation practice as the MBCP class participants.

  • Attending 5 live-online dialogue groups (2.5 hours/each) led by faculty (over 12 weeks). 


During Level 1A you will:

  • Have the opportunity to deepen your own practice.

  • Begin to understand the curriculum from the point of view of the expectant parents.

  • Observe the impact of the course on the expectant parents (and yourself).

Time Commitment: 60 hours, or 5 hours/week

Level 1B

The Level 1B course includes:

  • Beginning the journey from Mindfulness Practitioner to Mindfulness Teacher in a supportive and encouraging learning environment.

  • Attending 12 weekly live-online classes (2.5 hours/each) led by MBCP faculty. 

  • Practicing teaching the MBCP curriculum, including meditations, dialogue, and inquiry, with faculty and peer feedback.

  • Weekly home study consisting of background reading, watching MBCP video materials, written reflections in an online classroom, and personal practice.

  • Weekly partner teaching practice with peers.

During the Level 1B you will:

  • Continue to deepen your own mindfulness practice. 

  • Begin to understand the curriculum from the point of view of the MBCP teacher. 

  • Develop the skill of guiding mindfulness practices and begin to learn the art of inquiry.

Time Commitment: 60 hours, or 5 hours/week

Upon completion of Level 1A and level 1B, students will receive a
level 1 Certificate of Completion.
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Level 2

The Level 2 course includes:

  • Stepping further into the role of Mindfulness Teacher by deepening understandings of teaching the MBCP curriculum and mindfulness-based programs in general. 

  • Attending 10 weekly live-online seminars led by MBCP faculty & expert visiting faculty.

  • Experiential teaching practice and faculty-led didactic teaching of theory.

  • Weekly home study consisting of preparing teaching practices, watching videos, and doing background reading in preparation for class dialogues.

  • Weekly partner teaching practice with peers.

  • Attending at least one 5-7 day teacher-led silent mindfulness retreat the year of training and 1 per year thereafter. There can be some flexibility in this requirement for those with young children or other extenuating circumstances.

  • During Level 2, some students may be beginning to teach in a limited capacity (e.g., teaching one couple or offering a taster session to colleagues).


During the Level 2 you will:

  • Grow a deeper understanding of the MBCP curriculum, both experientially and theoretically.

  • Explore professional and ethical issues.

Time Commitment: 55 hours, or 5.5 hours/week

Upon completion of Level 2, students will receive a
level 2Certificate of Completion.
Upon completion of Levels 1A, 1B, 2 and a period of teaching and professional mentorship, students may apply to become A Certified MBCP Teacher.


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Eluned Gold

Eluned Gold has been working in the field of health and well-being for more than 40 years, as a therapist and mindfulness teacher.  She considers herself very fortunate to have trained to teach MBSR with Ferris Urbanowski and other teachers from the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts in 2001, and later in MBCT with Mark Williams.  Eluned subsequently worked as a Mindfulness teacher and trainer for the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) Bangor University, for 20 years. Whilst working at CMRP Eluned was responsible for curriculum development and training standards for mindfulness teacher training and developed the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP).

Eluned retired in 2017 from her role as Director of Continuing Professional Development to take up this current role as Director of Training with the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation.  Eluned has 4 children and 2 grandchildren (to date) and lives in N. Wales UK, where she offers mindfulness classes and mindfulness teacher training to groups and individuals, especially parents or professionals working with families

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jill beattie
PhD, MN [Education], GradDipMiCBT, RN, RM

Jill has been working in healthcare as a nurse, midwife, educator and researcher for more than 40 years and has been teaching mindfulness-based programs for 8 years.  Completing a Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) with Bruno Cayoun from the MiCBT Institute in Australia in 2015, and the MBCP Teacher Training in 2019, Jill is delighted to be part of the Australian and Asia-Pacific MBCP Teacher Training team.

Jill is a mindfulness-based emotional fitness consultant who works with people to enhance emotional wellbeing and resilience and offers mindfulness-based programs to people throughout Australia, and MBCP to evolving parents. She has experience working with people who present with stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Jill lives with her husband and furry friend Jess, in Adelaide (Australia) and delights in the adventures of her 3 grandchildren , sadly spread widely throughout this vast continent.


ros powrie

Ros is an  Accredited Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over 30 years experience working in the public health sector, as a clinician, supervisor, teacher and advocate, and in the past 20 years as a perinatal and infant psychiatrist.

Ros is trained in and has taught both MBCT and MBCP (mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting) and also teaches Mindful Self Care Courses. She has been meditating since her early 20's and in a more focussed way since taking an MBCT course with Dr Maura Kenny. She has also practiced yoga regularly since 2000. Ros has supervised and published research on the impact of teaching mindfulness to vulnerable expectant parents, and has a long term interest in mind-body medicine.


seminar schedule





 February 2023 - April 2023: 

- To Be Confirmed


April 2023 - August 2023: 

- To Be Confirmed


September 2023 -  November 2023: 

- To Be Confirmed

2023 Fee Schedule




Application Fee

AUD $65

Non-Refundable; Waived for previous MBCPTT Alumni 

  • Payment in full after 5th January 2023 and before 21st January 2023

  • AUD$500 Deposit within 30 days of the admission decision*

Full Training (Level 1A, 1B, & 2 and 9 group mentoring sessions)

AUD $6,450

Early Bird Prepay

AUD $6,100

  • $350 discount when paying tuition in full before 20th December 2022 

  • AUD$500 Deposit within 30 days of the admission decision*

Advanced Prepay

AUD $6,250

  • $200 discount when paying tuition in full after 20th December 2022 and before 5th January 2023

  • AUD$500 Deposit within 30 days of the admission decision*

8 Month 0% Payment Plan

AUD $6,515

AUD $6,450 tuition fees plus AUD $65 payment plan processing fee

  • AUD $500 payable 30 days after acceptance to the program or by 1 January 2023 whichever comes first (Deposit of AUD $435 plus AUD $65 payment plan processing fee)

  • 8 monthly installments of AUD $752 a month

  • 1st payment of AUD $752 on 1st March 2023 and last payment on 1st October 2023

Certification Review

USD $300

Contact us for a full list of Certification requirements  

* Deposit is payable within 30 days of admissions OR by 1st January 2023 whichever comes first.​