The Mind in Labor:
Working with Pain in Childbirth

Childbirth can be a challenging experience that commonly 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, we 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, moment-to-moment awareness, for the challenges of birthing and parenting

The workshop is a weekend intensive that draws from the curriculum of the 9-week Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program. It may be used as a brief training for childbirth, as an excellent complement to any childbirth preparation class, or as a refresher class for those who have previously given birth. 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


2018 Dates: TBA

You may register online.
Questions? E-mail us or call 415-353-7718.

This program is presented in collaboration with the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

Photo: Michael O'Neal

Photo: Michael O’Neal

Participant Quotes:

“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 or 415-353-7718.


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

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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