Mindful Pregnancy and Birthing

Mindfulness for Pregnancy and Birthig

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“Mindfulness practice and the inner skills we cultivate through it, offers great potential to grow and nurture ourselves, as we grow and nurture the next generation.” - Nancy Bardacke

Pregnancy is a profound and exciting time. However, there’s no denying that it can be extremely demanding both physically and mentally, and that it often comes with a sense of anxiety about both the knowns and unknowns of childbirth and what lies beyond. Initial research from the University of Oxford has shown that mindfulness holds the power to transform and ease the experience of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as other parenting experiences and the relationship with the new baby after birth.

This one-day workshop is based on the Mindfulness-based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) programme, an evidence-based course that combines elements of a conventional antenatal course with mindfulness techniques and practices. Through mindfulness practice, group discussion and insightful instruction, this workshop will include:

  • An opportunity to practice mindfulness and relevant mindful movement exercises.
  • An introduction to the psychology and physiology of childbirth.
  • Mindfulness strategies for childbirth and breastfeeding.
  • An opportunity to reflect on the changing needs and wellbeing of the whole family.
  • Materials and instructions on how to develop home practice and follow a self-guided course.

The MBCP course has been shown to offer the following benefits:

  • Increased confidence in the pregnancy process.
  • Decreased stress and fear.
  • The ability to apply mindfulness strategies that help during childbirth.
  • Enriched partner and child relationships well into early parenthood.

The course was developed by Nancy Bardacke, an experienced midwife and mindfulness teacher, who has now shared the MBCP course with over 1500 expectant couples worldwide, training others to teach this course. Ann Wood is one of the few MBCP teachers, based here in the UK and is passionate about offering this unique course.

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Notes

  • No prior knowledge or experience of mindfulness is required.
  • Anyone is welcome, whether you’re thinking about having children, pregnant or a parent. Partners, family and friends are very welcome too.
  • Excerpts from the course handbook “Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond” Nancy Baradacke, 2012, will be provided.
  • Group participants will be encouraged to access the audio course, through a medium which is suitable for them (e.g. App, MP3, CD). This is not included in the course fees.

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