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Nancy Bardacke

Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, is an American mindfulness teacher and midwife. She was the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program and spent many years helping expectant parents use MBCP to prepare for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.

The Benefits of a Mindful Pregnancy

New research suggests that including mindfulness skills in childbirth education can help first-time mothers cope with their fears.

What to Know About Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)

Research shows that utilizing mindfulness during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond may actually reduce stress and lessen anxiety. And it may even lead to healthier newborns with fewer developmental issues as they grow up.

Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond

With Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.

Unlabored Breathing

Bardacke says it is breath awareness that creates the foundation for a mindfulness practice that is key for childbirth.

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Nancy Bardacke: Mindful Childbirth

Nancy Bardacke is a nurse-midwife, mindfulness teacher, and founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program, which she currently teaches at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

Practice for Parents

Nancy Bardacke shares how she has helped thousands of parents (and parents-to-be) reduce stress, boost positive emotions, and manage "the contractions of life."

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Mindfulness Skills for Childbirth and Parenting

Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife, mindfulness teacher, and originator of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting program at UCSF has been assisting birthing families for more than four decades. She explores the benefits of mindfulness meditation for childbirth and parenting.

Can Mindfulness Reduce Fear of Labour and Postpartum Depression?

Anxiety about labour–and what might come afterwards–causes stress for expectant mothers and increases risk in childbirth. But there could be a natural solution

Interview with Midwife Nancy Bardacke: Not Busy Being Born Is Busy Dying

Nancy Bardacke is a midwife, mindfulness teacher, and founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting program, which she currently leads at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Classes May Ease Pain, Depression

When birthing classes include mindfulness-based education instead of focusing only on the biology of having a baby, women may have an easier time coping with labor pain and a lower risk of postpartum depression, a small experiment suggests.

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