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



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This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 7/1/2012.

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In Mindful Birthing, pioneering nurse-midwife Nancy Bardacke provides expectant families everywhere with the tools they need to reduce the stress, fear, and pain associated with pregnancy and childbirth. 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. Trained in mindful-based stress reduction by Jon Kabat-Zinn, her practical knowledge and keen insight will help guide families through the most positive birthing experience possible. Mindful Birthing includes a foreword by Kabat-Zinn himself.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Everything's Changing!p. 7
Inner Preparation for Childbirth and Beyondp. 17
The World in a Raisinp. 31
The Breath: A Friend for Lifep. 43
Practicing Embodiment: The Body Scanp. 57
The Dynamic Duo: Pain and Fearp. 67
Mindfulness Practices for Being with Painp. 115
The Yoga of Childbirthp. 137
Deepening and Expanding Your Practice: Sitting Meditationp. 153
When You're Walking, Just Walk; When You're Birthing, Just Birthp. 163
Mindfulness in Everyday Lifep. 171
A Day of Mindfulness Practicep. 179
Befriending: Mindfulness in Relationshipp. 189
It's All About Kindnessp. 203
Loss, Grief, and Healing Through Mindfulness Practicep. 219
Causes and Conditions: Navigating What Isp. 225
Your Baby, Your Mindfulness Teacherp. 253
Breastfeeding: A Dance of Connectionp. 269
Endings and Beginnings: A Last Classp. 281
Life After Birth: A Reunionp. 291
Birthing a Mindfulness Practicep. 299
Epiloguep. 317
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) and Integrative Medicine: A Little More Backgroundp. 321
Resourcesp. 329
Pleasant and Unpleasant Events Calendarsp. 335
Mindfulness Practicesp. 341
Notesp. 343
Creditsp. 349
Indexp. 351
About the Authorp. 361
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