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Photo by Jorge Villalba/iStock / Getty Images

My partner and I took Judy’s class this past spring and it was so helpful for us, I can’t recommend it enough. The class truly gives you an opportunity to explore your fears and expectations about pregnancy, labor and parenting, and to actually work through them as you develop the capacity to accept what life brings you.
— Michael

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. 

This is a wonderful birthing class. I truly enjoyed every week, and learned so many things to help with labor and life in general! I loved meeting the other parents in the class, as well. Thank you Judy!
— Lauren

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

There are no classes scheduled for 2019 at this time. Check back later.







Register for any class by clicking the Register button and completing the form. 

When I heard about mindful birthing, I was intrigued immediately. I knew a little bit about mindfulness, but didn’t practice and didn’t have any set expectations. Now, almost a year later, I can say that taking this class was one of the most important steps I could take to prepare me for motherhood. Not only did it make the last stage of pregnancy go more smoothly, it also helped me come to terms with the fact that I wouldn’t get to have the birth I had initially planned on. In fact, thanks to this class I was able to make complete peace with the C-section I had to have.
— Vicky