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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting

Birth education supporting you for the contractions of birth and the contractions of life.

Having a baby is one of the most transformative and meaningful experiences in a person’s life. The benefits of mindfulness (the awareness that comes from  learning to pay attention to the present moment, on purpose, and non-judgmentally) can help us navigate this important event, as well as prepare us for a lifetime of parenting.

Based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum, this 9-week class series, developed by an MBSR teacher and midwife, Nancy Bardacke, will provide you with skills for the mind and body to support you and your partner as your unique pregnancy and birth unfold, moment by moment.

During the MBCP class series, you will learn to:

  • Access deep physical and mental relaxation.
  • Engage the mind to work with discomfort and pain during labor.
  • Increase confidence and courage for the experience of labor and delivery.
  • Practice mindful movement for strength and flexibility.
  • Develop skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting, and daily life.
  • Enhance communication skills with your partner.


MBCP is an excellent course to take any time during pregnancy, but most people prefer to begin the course at the beginning of their third trimester.

This course is taught by Molly Weingrod and Carol O’Donoghue, CNM. Molly is a childbirth educator, birth counselor, and doula with over 10 years experience working with parents. Carol is a midwife at Lifecycle. She became a midwife in 2002 and has been involved with birth and reproductive health since 1988.

This class is $450 per pregnant person and partner/support person for the 9-week series or $300 for the 5-week series. Lifecycle clients receive a $50 discount!

Register here, via the Mindful Birth and Parenting website.

Note for Lifecycle clients:

This class series can be taken in lieu of our Preparation for Childbirth class series or One-Day Childbirth Preparation class. Clients will still need to take the remaining required classes (Lactation Essentials and First Days at Home), as well as Childbirth Preparation Supplemental, which covers protocols, policies, and procedures specific to laboring and birthing at The Birth Center at LWC.

View the full list of classes and workshops here