Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)

The next 9-week class series will begin June 20th!

The next 5-week class series will begin August 18th!


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

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 10-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


The 9-week series will be held on Sundays from 9:30am-12pm.

The 5-week series will be held on Wednesdays from 6-9pm.

Both series 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 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 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.









$450 per pregnant person + partner/support person for the 9-week series

$300 per pregnant person + partner/support person for the 5-week series

LWC clients receive a $50 discount! 





*Note for LWC ClientsThis Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting class series can be taken in lieu of our Preparation for Childbirth class series. Clients will still need to take the remaining required classes, Lactation Essentials and First Days at Home, as well as 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 Lactation Essentials, 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

Sundays, 9:30am-12pm

June 20th-August 15th

*There will be an all-day class that will take place from 10am-4pm on July 25th.


MBCP 5-Week Class Series

Wednesdays, 6-9pm

August 18th-September 15th


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


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