'Mindful Birthing,' New Book bCertified Nurse-Midwife Brings Mindfulness Techniques to Pregnancy, Child Birth, and Parenting

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In Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke RN, CNM, MA, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Founder of the University of California San Francisco’s Mindful-Based Childbirth Preparation course, Bardacke has spent four decades helping thousands of pregnant, birthing, and postpartum families and their infants apply mindfulness practice to their lives. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine, Mindful Birthing offers practices that will help you find calm and ease during this life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting.

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

Mindful birthing is a new and innovative approach that uses the life-changing transformative stages of pregnancy and childbirth to learn mindfulness skills for managing the stress, pain and fear that are a normal part of the journey into parenthood.

Pregnancy and childbirth can be among the most challenging experiences in a woman’s life. Questions, fears, cultural traditions, philosophical debates, and widely varying medical perspectives can overwhelm and contribute to stress and fear for any expectant mother. Now, a new way exists to guide pregnant women and their partners in a middle path approach that equips expectant families with the skills to effectively reduce the stress, fear, and pain frequently associated with pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

With nearly four decades of midwifery experience, Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA, is an assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Program, the first of its kind, which she leads at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the UCSF Medical Center. In her classes and now in her groundbreaking book, MINDFUL BIRTHING: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond(HarperOne; July 2012; Trade Paperback Original) with a foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, Bardacke teaches parents-to-be to apply the power of mindfulness to pregnancy, birth and raising a child.

Mindful birthing is a new and innovative approach that uses the life-changing processes transformative stages of pregnancy and childbirth to learn mindfulness skills for managing the stress, pain and fear that are a normal part of the profound journey into parenthood. Well-grounded in the latest research on mindfulness meditation, neuroscience and mind/body medicine, this unique philosophy shows expectant parents how “being in the present moment” can lead to greater confidence, wisdom and joy during this extraordinary life transition.

Mindfulness--the awareness that arises from paying attention in the present moment, on purpose and nonjudgmentally--is a capacity we all possess, yet unless we intentionally cultivate it we can spend much of our lives on autopilot, sleepwalking through life rather than fully living it. By employing the methodology taught in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, MINDFUL BIRTHING introduces parents-to-be to mindfulness practice, providing such benefits as:

  •     Increased confidence and decreased fear of childbirth
  •     Stress reduction tools for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond
  •     Increased ability to handle the common discomforts of pregnancy
  •     Pain coping skills for childbirth
  •     Deep parent-infant attachment
  •     Mindfulness skills that carry over into the intense time of caring for a newborn and beyond
  •     Improved communication and cooperation between partners before, during and after the birth of their baby.

Unique among existing approaches to childbirth, MINDFUL BIRTHING does not dictate a “right” way to birth, nor does the author take sides among the dueling camps of hospital vs. home births, medical vs. natural births. Instead, Nancy Bardacke offers a middle path that helps parents learn ways to work with the uncertainties of pregnancy, prepare for any possible birth experience and cultivate lifelong skills for parenting.

About the Author:
Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA is the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program, which she currently leads at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She is also an assistant clinical professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. Visit the author at http://www.mindfulbirthing.org.

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MINDFUL BIRTHING
Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond

By Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA
July 2012; $19.99 Trade Paperback Original; ISBN: 9780061963957
Also Available as an eBook

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