Claire Zawa

Thank you for visiting Mindful Birthing Chicago and for your curiosity with mindfulness as a life skill in supporting your parenting journey.

Claire completed Level One & Two trainings through the Mindful Birthing Foundation with Nancy Bardacke and is pursuing certification as an MBCP teacher.  She began teaching in the summer of 2017, offering the 9-week MBCP class 3-4 times per year. She will begin offering the Mind in Labor weekend starting in January 2020. 

Claire loves talking about this curriculum, but even more than that - she loves being in the room with those preparing to parent, sharing these skills, tools, practices, and exercises to support where you are right now, and for whatever may lie ahead. 


When she first read Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke in 2015,  it was a huge “A-ha!” experience for her. Claire found it articulated so much of how she was already approaching her work as a labor support and postpartum doula - just one breath at a time, just one feeding at a time.  She had some prior familiarity with mindfulness but her interest became both personal and professional.  As she reflect back, Mindful Birthing  changed her life and started her on this path which has rippled across all aspects of her life. Claire loves teaching this class and feels that she can be of service to those preparing to parent. Teaching also grounds and deepens her personal practice.

Claire took an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class in the spring of 2016 and continues to have an almost daily personal practice, as well as sitting retreats.

When not spending time with expect or new parents, Claire continues to explore ways to live a meaningful, compassionate life with her husband, her family and friends, and to contribute positively to the world. 

Training, certification and related experience

By the Numbers



Completed Level Two training in MBCP 


Recertification through DONA as Labor Support Doula

Began teaching MBCP 


Completed MBCP Level One training

Participated in 8-week MBSR course

Attended 6-day MBCP professional retreat


Became Care Manager at Birthways Inc.

Spinning Babies training


Joined Birthways Inc. as Labor Support & Postpartum Doula


Began volunteering with Chicago Volunteer Doulas (through 2015)


DONA training in San Franciso, CA