These guided meditations are an invitation to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for meeting the profound changes of mind and body during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
Regular, ongoing meditation practice is key to fully developing the life skill of mindfulness and to reaping the benefits that can be so vital in navigating this precious and yet often challenging time.
If you would like further instruction in mindfulness meditation and how to use these recordings, consider reading Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond and following the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program outlined there.
---About Nancy Bardacke
Nancy Bardacke is a nurse-midwife, mindfulness teacher, and founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program which she currently teaches at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She also leads a Professional Development and Teacher Training Program in MBCP through the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation as well as a 6 day training retreat through UC San Diego's Center for Mindfulness. Nancy is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing.
Nancy began assisting birthing families four decades ago; she has been a meditation practitioner since 1982. Her professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. began in 1994, and she has taught MBSR courses in hospitals for patients with a wide variety of health challenges. In 1998 Nancy began developing her pioneering Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting program and has now taught 70 MBCP courses and numerous mindfulness workshops to several thousand expectant parents.
Nancy has also taught mindfulness courses and workshops for healthcare professionals both nationally and internationally, and now collaborates with colleagues at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at Oxford University to develop an MBCP training course in the UK as well as with colleagues in the Netherlands and Germany. Nancy and her colleague Larissa Duncan, PhD, also at the UCSF Osher Center, have developed a robust research program to study the impact of mindfulness skills in reducing stress and anxiety during pregnancy, pain during childbirth and enhanced attunement between parents and their infants after birth. Nancy's book, Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond (Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD) was published by HarperCollins July 10, 2012. Mindful Birthing will soon be available in German, Dutch, French and Turkish editions.
---Praise for Nancy Bardacke's Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond
“Bringing mindfulness to the birthing process has everything to recommend it: it can reduce fear and stress and make the experience more rewarding for all involved. All that’s required is to practice the techniques that Nancy Bardacke explains so clearly in this book." (Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author )
“Combining ancient wisdom and modern evidence-based science, the practices in this book will change your life. A must-buy for expectant parents, for midwives and other professionals involved in birthing, and also for any of us who want a glimpse of what great mindfulness teaching can offer us.” (Mark Williams, bestselling author of The Mindful Way Through Depression )
“Mindful Birthing is a unique, positive and welcome contribution to the world of birthing. I highly recommend this book to all pregnant women.” (Patricia A. Robertson MD, Professor and Attending Obstetrician, University of California, San Francisco )
“As a mother to be, I learned to mindfully embrace the uncertainties of birth and parenting through Nancy’s teachings. As an obstetrician, I felt inspired to integrate these methods into my practice. This is at the top of my recommended reading list for all of my patients.” (Sarah Wilson MD, University of California, San Francisco )
“Until Mindful Birthing, good techniques for helping you experience the unpredictable changes of pregnancy and birth with resilience have not been available. Using the mindfulness techniques in this book, the process of pregnancy, birth, and parenting is transformed from a series of stressful changes to a joyful journey.” - (Tekoa L. King CNM, MPH Deputy Editor Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health )
“Mindful Birthing develops a unique blend of meditation, yoga and scientific information into a user friendly approach to maternity care and life changes after childbirth. It is a practical way to approach the many potential technologic intrusions that are so much a part of modern day obstetrics.” - (Douglas W. Laube, MD, Past President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists )
“In Mindful Birthing, science, story, and skill-building are woven together seamlessly engaging the reader to pay attention to the breath and stay in the moment, fully experiencing happiness and joy as well as fear and pain. Expectant mothers and their partners can just “be”. What a gift!” (Sharon S. Rising, midwife and CEO of the Centering Healthcare Institute )
“This book gives parents and parents to be the tools they need to meet their experience with honesty, compassion, and kindness. A truly valuable resource.” (Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness )
“Mindful Birthing is a lovely book. It makes you think and it makes you cry. Give it to any one you know about to give birth. It will change the parents’ life--and the life of their child.” (Barry Boyce, editor-in-chief, Mindful.org )
“Mindful Birthing recognizes that no factor is more significant for our national health than how our children are born and raised. Nancy Bardacke offers a vision for how everyone involved in birth and parenting can act with utmost care. Let’s make this required reading in medical education." (Congressman Tim Ryan )