Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting

This program is an invitation to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for meeting the profound mind-body changes during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

Through mindfulness meditation, yoga, and group dialogue we will learn a way to fully live the joys and challenges of this transformative time and cultivate lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting.

In this course, you will:

  • Access deep interior resources for calm and ease;
  • Learn to engage the mind to work with pain during labor;
  • Understand the physiology of childbirth, breastfeeding, and babies;
  • Practice prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility;
  • Increase confidence and courage for labor and delivery; and
  • Develop tools for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting, and daily life.

Learn more about this program:

Mindful Magazine, August 2013 cover story (left)

Greater Good Magazine, summer 2008

Video of University of Massachusetts Grand Rounds
by Jennifer Jo Averill Moffitt, CNM, MSN

Fee: $630 per couple, $335 per single ($531/$265.50 with UCSF discount)
Includes Mindful Birthing book and two audio CDs

Not offered in 2017, future dates TBD

You may register online.
Questions? E-mail us or call 415-353-7718.
NOTE: These classes usually fill up several weeks in advance.

Nancy Bardacke speaks on
“Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting: An Introduction”
at Greater Good Science Center’s Practicing Mindfulness and Compassion Conference

Should you need accommodation in order to apply to or participate in a program offered by the Osher Center, please contact the Osher Clinic Education Coordinator at classes@ocim.ucsf.edu or 415-353-7718.


Mindful Birthing – Programs for Mindful Family Living, founded and taught by Nancy Bardacke, Certified Nurse–Midwife and mindfulness teacher.

Great Expectations – all classes offered by UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center to help expecting mothers and their partners learn more about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenting.

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