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Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation

Cause Area

  • Health & Medicine
  • Women


6538 Dana StOakland, CA 94609 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The MBPF's mission is to support the global accessibility of Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) programs and approaches across all cultural, socio-economic, religious, and political orientations, influencing programs, models of care, and policies that will improve the health and wellbeing of expectant women, babies , partners, and families in the critical early years of life. The MBPF does this by providing field-leading education and resources for expectant families and high-quality, rigorous professional trainings for MBCP instructors. The MBPF is committed to contributing to the evidence-base for mindfulness practice as a whole and MBCP in particular, through the support of rigorous scientific research and the establishment of strong ethical guidelines and training processes for all MBCP and MBCP-inspired programs.


Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) is an evidence-based program for expectant parents that integrates mindfulness skills and practice with childbirth and parenting education. Founded in 1998 by nurse-midwife Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, the MBCP program is one of the first adaptations of the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. In the years since its inception, thousands of expectant parents have used the inner skills learned in the MBCP program to help them navigate the transformational processes of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the intense, joyful, and sometimes stressful experiences of being a parent.


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