Resources - Mindfulness & Parenting


Mindful Birthing Foundation

For current list of published research and popular artilces related to MBCP please visit

If you do not live in the Chicago-area you can search for an MBCP teacher near you - we are a global teaching community!

Books & Websites

This is a short list of books that I have actually read and generally recommend. Not every book is going to be right for everyone. I encourage you to browse at your local bookstore or public library - read a few pages, does the tone resonate with you? Read a few more pages from a different section of the book. Then decide whether it is worth taking home.

Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke


Expecting Better by Emily Oster

The Birth Partner  by Penny Simkin

 Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective.

 The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth  by Klaus, Kennell & Klaus   

Childbirth Connection: understand your options for pregnancy and birth

MyMidwife.Org:discover midwifery care & women's health


The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League

The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins


 Your Baby is Speaking to You by Kevin Nugent

Everyday Blessings:  The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting  by Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn

Our Babies, Ourselves : How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent by Meredith F. Small



Books to start and support practice

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Self-Compassion by Kristen Neff

You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Mindful Way Through Depression by Williams, Teasdale, Segal, and Kabat-Zinn

Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

Radical  Acceptance by Tara Brach

Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscient of Happiness, Love & Wisdom  by Rick Hanson

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris

Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine by Saki Santorelli

Reading about mindfulness is not the same as experiencing it:

Look into Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes

Local Meditation Groups

in Chicago: Insight Chicago Meditation Community

There are numerous apps available, I use Insight Timer