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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting

The Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program is a nine-week childbirth education course, but don't let the time commitment overwhelm you. Indeed, this class offers you valuable tools to get through the transformational process of birth and prepares you for parenting but also, and most importantly, it offers you a framework for applying evidenced based mindfulness techniques to your daily life, starting from the first class.The teaching of mindfulness through the MBCP program is fully integrated into the current knowledge of the psycho-biological processes of pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period and the psycho-biological needs of the newborn and infant. Included in the course are a variety of mind-body pain coping practices, positions for labor, the physiology of childbirth and breastfeeding from a mind-body perspective and postpartum adjustment. From clinical observations and qualitative data from post-course questionnaires, pregnant women and their partners consistently report an increase in confidence and a decrease of fear of childbirth, an overall sense of well-being, and an increased ability to manage stress in everyday life. Couples report improved relationships and more effective communication. The pleasure of connection with a community of others is an additional health benefit. Though still in its infancy, research is growing to support these clinical observations.

 

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Earlier Event: September 11
Birth Plan Basics
Later Event: September 19
Moon Gathering