Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)

New 9-week class series begins Sunday, March 4th, 2018!



This course is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients.

It is a particularly good fit for those due between early May and August.

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 in 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 & mental relaxation
  • Engage the mind to work with discomfort & pain during labor
  • Increase confidence & 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


Classes will be held on Sundays from 4 -7 pm at Lifecycle WomanCare beginning March 4th, and will fulfill the LWC requirement for childbirth education classes for first-time parents and their partners.*


Though MBCP is an excellent course to take at any time during pregnancy, most people prefer to begin the course in their third trimester, which makes this particular series a great fit for people due between early May and August.


This course is taught by Molly Weingrod and Carol O’Donoghue, CNM.  Molly is a childbirth educator, birth counselor, and doula with 10 years experience working with parents.  Carol has been a midwife since 2002, and has been involved with birth and women’s health since 1988.









$400 per couple

LWC clients receive a $50 discount! 

Cost includes class instruction, materials (including a copy of Nancy Bardacke’s Mindful Birthing book and audio meditations), and a reunion class.


Click here to learn more about MBCP.





*Note for LWC ClientsThis Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting class series will replace our Preparation for Childbirth class series. LWC clients will still need to take our remaining required classes at cost, which includes Focus on Breastfeeding and First Days at Home.

We also strongly suggest that you take the Childbirth Preparation Supplemental class as it covers protocols, policies, and procedures specific to laboring and birthing at The Birth Center, including the roles of our nurses and midwives, hospital transfer if needed, and postpartum care at TBC.

Please contact our front desk at 610-525-6086 for specific questions and to register for the Focus on Breastfeeding, First Days at Home, and Childbirth Preparation Supplemental classes.

“I went into the mindfulness based birthing classes not knowing what to expect. I was looking for tools to use during natural labor. Also change in general is usually very hard for me and creates a lot of anxiety. I was blown away by the scope and breadth in which incorporating mindfulness into my everyday life would increase my sense of calm and peace, not only around the birthing process but also around the big changes to come. The ease at which I have found this transition into motherhood completely surprised me. Without a daily meditation practice, I highly doubt it would have been so smooth. I absolutely loved this class and recommend it to all expecting mothers.”  –Meghan

MBCP 9-Week Class Series Schedule for Spring 2018


Sundays, 4 – 7 pm

  • March 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
  • April 8th, 15th*, and 19th (no class on April 1st)
  • May 6th


*The April 15th class will be an all-day class that meets in Mt. Airy from 10 am – 4 pm. 


Questions about MBCP course content and requirements? Email mindfulbirthphiladelphia@gmail.com


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