The Mind in Labor:
Working with Pain in Childbirth
Childbirth can be a challenging experience that often involves physical pain and anxiety. How we use our minds to relate to that pain and anxiety can make a huge difference in our labor and delivery experience.
Based on the mind/body skills and meditation practices outlined in the award-winning book Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, this will be a weekend for looking deeply at pain and fear during childbirth and for cultivating tools to work with them in the process of giving birth. In this workshop, you will:
- Practice various mind/body modalities for working with pain in childbirth
- Experience using the breath as an anchor to the present moment
- Tap into inner reservoirs of strength, confidence and courage
- Learn how to be fully present to give assistance as a birth partner
- Begin to cultivate the powerful tool of mindfulness and moment-to-moment awareness for the challenges of birthing and parenting
This workshop is a weekend intensive that draws from the curriculum of the 9-week Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program. It is an excellent complement to any childbirth preparation class, including a refresher class or as a brief childbirth training. It can also be helpful for those who anticipate a birth experience needing special medical attention or for those who have had a difficult previous birth experience. The workshop allows time for going deeply into mindfulness practices and includes partner-based experiential exercises.
Fee: $385 per couple / $192.50 per single
- 3/17 – 3/19
- Later dates TBD
Friday: 6:45 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
This program is presented in collaboration with the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.
“I feel much more confident that I can handle the pain of childbirth–and anything else that happens!”
“Everything I learned over the weekend is a useful life skill, not only for childbirth but for parenting too.”
“I’m much calmer about the birth and now really understand how to support my wife — and myself — through the experience.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-353-7718.
Nancy Bardacke: “The Contractions of Labor and the Contractions of Life:
Mindfulness Skills for Childbirth and Parenting”
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.