Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA has authored a groundbreaking book called Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond, that will be published by HarperOne July 10, 2012. Nancy, a nurse-midwife with and the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting program that she leads at the Osher Center, has created a program where expectant parents can learn ways to apply mindfulness practice to their lives.
With four decades of midwifery experience helping pregnant, birthing, and postpartum families, her book shares her innovative prenatal education program for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting, in which expectant parents can learn mindfulness for increasing calm and ease during the transformational times of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as gain lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting. Included are ways to increase confidence and decrease fear of childbirth, improve couple communication, and provide stress reduction techniques for overall well-being. The program draws from research in the areas of neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine.
According to Andrew Weil, MD, “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.”