Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting

This program is an invitation to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for meeting the profound changes in our bodies and minds 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 physical and mental relaxation
  • 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
  • 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, workbook and two audio CDs


2015 Dates:

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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