Mindfulness courses

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) programme was designed by Nancy Bardacke, American midwife and mindfulness teacher.  It combines mindfulness practices with childbirth and parenting education to help women and men through the transformative experiences of pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenting. See Nancy's site, Mindful Birthing for more background info.

How long is the course and how much home practice is there?

The course is usually made up of eight weekly sessions.  Each session lasts between two-three hours and the home practice amounts to an average of 30 minutes of practice six days a week.  There is also a full-day session halfway through the course.  This is a significant commitment when you’re no doubt already leading a busy life.  I will help you to make time in your schedule and, perhaps more importantly, help you not to beat yourself up when you don't find the time.  The course can be compressed if I work with you privately.  If you or your partner has to miss a session, I will send you a lesson plan and the relevant homework.

When is the best time for me to take the course?

You can take the course any time from the beginning of your second trimester onwards.

I want a hospital birth and access to all the drugs.  Is this course for me?

Absolutely.  You still have pregnancy and parenting to navigate.  Besides, your mindfulness practice will help you cope with the onset of labour, the administration of procedures such as an epidural and the unexpected, e.g. an epidural that doesn’t go according to plan.

I'm planning on having a C-section.  Is this course for me?

Absolutely.  C-sections carry their own complications and can be a frightening prospect.  Your mindfulness practice will help you accept your fears as well as cope with the operation itself and its aftermath.  The course will also support you through pregnancy and the early days of parenting.

I've previously had a horrific birth experience and am terrified of giving birth again.  How will mindfulness help me?

If you've had a traumatic birth experience and are suffering with symptoms of trauma, I recommend seeking trauma treatment before embarking on a mindfulness course. Some mindfulness practices can be re-traumatising. When you're no longer suffering with symptoms of trauma, it's safe to practise mindfulness. It'll help you to cope with your fear of giving birth again as well as support you throughout your upcoming birth experience, however it unfolds. Many of my clients have previously had traumatic birth experiences. Watch Katherine's Testimonials video and listen to her talk about how mindfulness helped her to cope with the birth of her second child.

How much does the course cost?

This depends on how many people are on the course and where the course is held. Please contact me for details. I'm able to offer a discount to those in need.

Where is the course held?

I teach couples and individuals at home in Summertown and at the Oxford Practice Rooms.  I teach groups at different locations throughout Oxfordshire. I'm also able to teach some of the sessions remotely and/or travel to your location, subject to travel and expenses.

If you have any further questions, please use the contact form to find out more or call me on 07780 991 834 for a chat.