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Mindful Birthing & Parenting Foundation

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

San Francisco, CA   |  https://www.mindfulbirthing.org/

Mission

The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF) is dedicated to providing education and training in mindfulness skills for expectant parents, families, children, and the professionals who care for them in order to maximize health and wellbeing throughout the life cycle. The MBPF supports the global accessibility of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program, an evidence-based training with demonstrated benefits to perinatal mental health, birth outcomes, and relational health, including intergenerational effects for children.

Ruling year info

2010

President

Nancy Bardacke

Main address

5214F Diamond Heights Blvd #3046

San Francisco, CA 94131 USA

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EIN

26-4639121

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Teacher Training (MBCPTT)

The Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Teacher Training is a 10-month online program that equips perinatal and mental health professionals to teach the evidence-based 9-week MBCP course to expectant parents. More than 80% of participants receive scholarship funding or financial assistance, with special considerations made for those who belong to and/or serve communities that are under-resourced, under-served, marginalized, or historically oppressed.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Multiracial people
Adults
Pregnant people

MBCP is a 9-week evidence-based program for expectant parents that includes the physiology of childbirth, ways to use the mind to work with pain during labor, positions for birthing, breastfeeding, parenting a newborn, and using mindful communication during childbirth and beyond.

Research findings suggest that MBCP may help:

- DECREASE stress, anxiety, depression (including postpartum), fear of childbirth, pain catastrophizing, non-urgent interventions (including self-requested c-sections and epidurals)
- INCREASE positive affect, childbirth self-efficacy, mindfulness
- IMPROVE co-parenting relationships, newborn APGAR scores at 1-minute post-birth, infant social-emotional development at 3-months of age, infant stress resiliency at 6-months of age

Benefits from the MBCP program not only extend beyond pregnancy into the postpartum period and early parenting, but it also can have an intergenerational impact on the well-being of offspring.

Population(s) Served
Family relationships
Parents
Pregnant people
Adults
Children and youth

The MBCP Intensive is a course designed for expectant parents who are curious how practicing mindfulness can make a difference in their labor and delivery experiences. This course trains participants in mindfulness skills in addition to covering childbirth education basics. Participants engage in guided meditation practices and receive materials to continue at home after the course.

In this course, expectant parents:
- Practice mindfulness for working with pain and fear during labor
- Understand the mind/body connection in childbirth for maintaining the optimal physiology for childbirth
- Learn how to be fully present to give comfort and support as a birth partner

Population(s) Served
Pregnant people
Families
Parents

Mindfulness-Based Early Parenting (MBEP) is a 6-session course for new parents who have completed the 9-week MBCP or the Mind in Labor class prenatally. The MBEP sessions are approximately 1.5 hours in length, scheduled every week. MBEP is designed to support parents into the first months of their parenting journey, building on the mindfulness skills they have learned in MBCP.

​MBEP can support new parents to:
- Reduce stress and enhance mental health
- Build calm and connection with their baby
- Respond rather than react in the present moment
- Stay level and grounded even under difficult circumstances
- Grow in mindful communication as new relationships are being formed-with the baby, between the new parents, and within the wider family network
- Reduce inter-generational suffering by disrupting unhelpful patterns from families of origin, maintaining helpful patterns and choosing to embrace new family dynamics as needed
- Be a part of an ongoing community of other new parents

Population(s) Served
Family relationships
Parents
Health

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Mindful Birthing & Parenting Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/10/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nancy Bardacke

Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation

Larissa Duncan

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Kimberly Streeter

Longpath Labs / MBPF

Eluned Gold

Mindfulness for Families

Mariela Quesada Centeno

Roots4Change

Steven Hickman

Retired

Elizabeth O'Toole

USC, Keck School of Medicine

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/26/2022

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