Mindfulness Based Childbirth & Parenting
A New Approach to Childbirth Education
In the 10-week Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) course (the 10th session is a class/reunion after all the babies arrive) you will learn evidence-based methods of dealing with stress, pain and fear. By the end of the series you will have increased confidence and courage for the experience of labor and delivery and caring for your newborn. Practicing tools and techniques for working with the pain of labor is an important part of the class.
We'll also practice mindful movement (yoga) to aid in increasing awareness of the body; its limits, it's signals and its capabilities.
The classes build one on the other in a structured way so it’s important to make your best effort to attend all classes. We also ask for a commitment to practice 30 minutes, 6 days/week as that's where real change happens.
"Why a 10 week class?" you might ask. I can't say it any better than my friends in Philly have, see their explanation here
No prior meditation or yoga experience is required. See the Resource page for other helpful information.
It's suggested to start the class before the 30th week of pregnancy. If you're past 30 weeks, contact me, it may still be doable.
The 10 week class isn't being offered at this time, see Mind in Labor below.
Classes for 2018
Bring the person who'll be supporting you at the birth–either a partner, family member or doula.
Mind in Labor 3 week series
This 3 class series meets at the El Rio Birth & Women's Health Center 5979 E. Grant Rd in Tucson.
An alternative to the 9-week course, the Mind in Labor series condenses the essential MBCP teaching into a few days. This can be helpful for those who have some meditation experience, who have taken other childbirth education courses or are coming from out of town.
During the MIL workshop you will learn to:
- Engage the mind to work with pain during labor
- Practice prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility
- Begin to develop skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting and daily life
- Access physical and mental relaxation
- Practice hands-on techniques for working with discomfort during pregnancy and labor
February 4, 9-12 then February 11 and 18, 9-4
May 20, 9-12 then May 27 and June 3, 9-4
August 5, 9a-12p then Aug 12 and 19, 9a-4p
November 4, 9a-12p then Nov 11 and Nov 18, 9a-4p
This class meets at the El Rio Birth & Women's Health Center 5979 E. Grant Rd. Tucson
Register for any class by clicking the Register button and completing the form.