Mindfulness courses

Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Courses

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.

I teach the MBCP programme to groups, couples and individuals.  The course lasts eight weeks.  If, however, you're well-advanced in your pregnancy and would like to work with me individually or as a couple, I'm happy to tailor the course to meet your needs.  I'm also able to offer weekend workshops. Please see below for further information and contact me to discuss your requirements.

What will I learn from the course?

You will learn a variety of mindfulness practices, both formal and informal.  You will also learn about the physiology of labour and birth.  In particular, you will learn how to work with pain and cope with the unexpected, whatever type of birth you intend to have.  Finally, you will learn about the early days of parenting, how to meet the needs of your newborn and how to look after yourself and your family. As a partner, by which I mean husband, wife, life-partner or birth-partner (e.g. a doula), you will learn how to offer concrete emotional and functional support, particularly with regards to labour and childbirth. See James's testimonial video to hear about his experience of mindfulness for pregnancy, birthing and parenting.

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

The course is 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?

Mindfulness will help you to accept your previous experience as well as your fear of giving birth again.  Your practice will also support you throughout the upcoming birth, however it unfolds.  Many of my clients have previously had traumatic birth experiences.  Read about their experience of mindfulness during childbirth in their own words or watch Katherine's Testimonials video.

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.