Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
Founder, Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting

“Teaching mindfulness skills to expectant parents at this profoundly transformative time in their lives goes well beyond anything I could have imagined; it’s both deeply gratifying and amazingly joyful!”

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

Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife, mindfulness teacher, and founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program has been assisting birthing families for more than four decades. She completed her degrees in Nursing and Nurse-Midwifery at UCSF and is now an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. She currently leads the MBCP and The Mind in Labor programs at the Osher Center.

A meditation practitioner for over 30 years, Nancy began her professional training to teach mindfulness skills in a secular context in 1994 with Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductions (MBSR) program. In 1998, she began adapting the MBSR program to meet the needs of expectant women and their partners, creating the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting program. Her book, Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond, which received the 2014 Book of the Year Award from the American College of Nurse-Midwives, is now available in Dutch, German and French; a Turkish edition will be published in 2015.

A major focus of Nancy’s work is training healthcare professionals both in the U.S. and abroad to teach the MBCP program, as well as collaborating with Larissa Duncan, PhD at the Osher Center and other research colleagues worldwide to investigate the short and long term impact of the MBCP Program on expectant parents and their babies.

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