Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)


Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013, 5:00 PM –
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013, 1:00 PM (All times are local to the event.)

EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
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.

The MBCP program is a formal adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Like MBSR, this 9-week childbirth education program has, at its core, systematic training in mindfulness meditation. The course was developed by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, mindfulness teacher and Founding Director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Program ( Nancy has taught the MBCP course to more than 1300 expectant parents in 69 courses over the past 14 years.

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, exercises, and practices of the nine-week MBCP program, explore or deepen their understanding of mindfulness and this way of teaching for expectant parents, and investigate the potential for bringing this approach specifically into the fields of maternal, child, and family health in which they work. 

Registration: $1050
UC San Diego Faculty / Staff: $850
Room and Board Single Occupancy: $1075
Room and Board Double Occupancy: $825

Sunday, January 13, 2013 – Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Registration: 1:00–5:00 pm

Dinner: 5:30–6:30 pm

First Session: 6:45–8:45 pm

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Session Ends: 1:00 pm

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