Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP)


Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP)

Professional Training Retreat

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014, 6:00 PM –
Saturday, Jan 25, 2014, 12:00 PM (All times are local to the event.)

Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, Catherine Polan Orzech, LMFT, Larissa Duncan, PhD
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma CA 94952
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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) offers parents-to-be the opportunity to use the remarkably transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth to learn the life-skill of mindfulness for working with the stress, pain, and fear that are a normal part of this profound journey into the unknown and to have these skills in place for parenting mindfully from the moment of birth. 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.

Participants in this retreat will: 

  • Experience first hand each of the mindfulness meditation practices, including yoga, as they are taught in the MBCP classroom
  • Become familiar with the core concepts and practices of the nine-week MBCP program
  • Explore or deepen their understanding of mindfulness and this way of teaching for expectant parents
  • Investigate the potential for bringing this approach specifically into the fields of maternal, child, and family health in which they work

Nancy Bardacke, midwife, mindfulness teacher, and the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program, has been assisting birthing families since 1971. In her many years working as a midwife, Nancy has attended births in homes, birth centers, and hospitals. A longtime meditation practitioner, she began her professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductions (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, in 1994. After teach MBSR for a number of years, Nancy began adapting the program to meet the needs of pregnant women and their partners, creating the MBCP program. Since 1998, Nancy has taught MBCP to more than 1400 expectant parents. Nancy currently leads the MBCP program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. Nancy offers mindfulness workshops for expectant parents and healthcare providers, as well as professional trainings for MBCP instructors nationally and internationally. 


$950 + room & board for early bird registration through November 19, 2013

$1050 + room & board afterwards

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