Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA

Mind in Labor Instructor
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Training for Health Professionals Instructor
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Founder
Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse-Midwifery Program, UCSF School of Nursing

“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: “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 originator of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program, has been assisting birthing families for more than four decades. She teaches The Mind in Labor and
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Training for Health Professionals workshops at the Osher Center. She completed her degrees in Nursing and Nurse-Midwifery at UCSF and is now an Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse-Midwifery at the UCSF School of Nursing.

A meditation practitioner for over 35 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 Reduction (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, has been translated into German, French, Turkish and Romanian. A Chinese edition will be published in 2018.

A major focus of Nancy’s work is training healthcare professionals to teach the MBCP program both in the U.S. and abroad.  She also collaborates extensively with Larissa Duncan, PhD Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Ecology at the University of WI-Madison and other research colleagues worldwide to investigate the short and long-term impact of the MBCP Program on expectant parents and their babies.

For more information about Nancy’s work, please see:

Nancy Bardacke: “The Contractions of Labor and the Contractions of Life:
Mindfulness Skills for Childbirth and Parenting”

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