Preparing for parenthood is a time of change, transition and transformation. 

By incorporating mindfulness into your parenting preparations, you will be expanding your capacity to be with whatever lies ahead.

Training YOU Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond!

Prepare for birth & parenting

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting is an evidence-based childbirth education and mindfulness curriculum developed by Nancy Bardacke, CNM and mindfulness teacher. It is a direct adaptation of the well-researched Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) created by Jon Kabat-Zinn out of UMass. 

In the 9-week class (MBCP) you will learn to:

  • Access deep physical and mental relaxation
  • Engage the mind to work physical discomfort and pain 
  • Increase confidence and courage for the experiences of birth and parenting
  • Practice prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility
  • Develop skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting and life as it is right now
  • Build a toolbox of meditation exercises
  • Enhance communication skills with your partner and health care provider
  • Become more aware of your own approach to parenting

It is a comprehensive birth preparation class - we cover the anatomy & physiology of childbirth and breastfeeding, as well as newborn cycles and postpartum life - AND it is a class that builds skills to support your life as you are living right now and as parents. 

The Mind in Labor weekend (MIL) is a taste of mindfulness alongside birth and parenting preparations. It is an abbreviated time frame and curriculum that is still impactful on birthing and parenting experiences.

Read more about how is this class different form other childbirth preparation classes and the difference between MBCP and MIL HERE

Woman holding baby in Team Mindful onesie
Woman holding baby in Team Mindful onesie

What is Mindfulness?


Mindfulness is...

"the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

"the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with compassion and open-hearted curiosity. Through cultivating mindful awareness, we discover how to live in the present  moment rather than brooding about the past or worrying about the future."  -Oxford Center for Mindfulness

Mindfulness & Pregnancy


  • fear of childbirth
  • perceived stress
  • pregnancy-related depression & anxiety
  • judging and reactivity


  • attention & awareness
  • confidence during childbirth
  • body awareness 
  • responsiveness

Mindfulness & Parenting


  • postpartum depression in new parents


  • mother-baby bonding
  • adjustment to parenting 
  • attunement to newborn
  • remaining calm during toddler tantrums

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