Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA

Director, Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting Program
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 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. She is currently the Director of the MBCP Program at the Osher Center and regularly teaches the The Mind in Labor workshops.

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, has been translated into Dutch, German and French; Turkish and Chinese editions will be forthcoming.

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 School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison and other research colleagues worldwide to investigate the short- and long-term impact of the MBCP Program on expectant parents and their babies.

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

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