Quick list of classes and Upcoming sessions (read below for detailed class information):

The Mind in Labor: Working with Fear, Pain and Uncertainty in Childbirth: 

  • December 6, 9 & 16 2018

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Series: 

  • Winter 2018 Series Jan 6 - March 3, 2019

For Alumni of Mindful Birth and Parenting Philadelphia: MBCP Alumni Gatherings to Support Practice

  • New Year’s Day Parenting Mini-Retreat! 11AM-4PM in Mt. Airy.

    • Start your year off without a bang! Come to regather and recharge. For MBCP Alums only.

    • $50/or sliding scale. Advance registration required by December 1st.

    • Location: Germantown, Philadelphia.

  • Monthly Gatherings: First Sunday of the Month at Magu Yoga in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia are on hold for the moment.

    • Next Sunday Practice Date TBD!

The mind in labor: Working with fear, pain & uncertainty in childbirth

dates: december 6th 6-9pm / 9th, 9am - 4pm / 16th, 10am - 4pm

  • This class is great for pregnancies due in Jan/Feb/March

  • To register for the Mind in Labor class, please email michelle.rodriguez@uphs.upenn.edu or click here.; cost is $295.

  • To read the New York Times article about how taking the Mind in Labor class can help in pregnancy and birth click here.

  • Penn Medicine interviewed us for their blog about our class. To read the entry, click here.

  • This is a three-session intensive that draws from the MBCP curriculum. For more information or questions, please contact us at mindfulbirthphiladelphia@gmail.com or here.


Mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting class series (for expectant parents):

Winter/Spring 2019:

  • 9 Sundays, 4PM-7PM, Jan 6-March 3 (all-Day class on Feb 10, 10AM-4PM, in Mt airy)

Location: Lifecycle WomanCare (formerly The Birth Center) in Bryn Mawr, PA.

  • Lifecycle WomanCare is located at 918 County Line Road, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

  • Cost: $400 (pregnant mom and support person); $350 for Lifecycle WomanCare clients.

  • Price includes instruction, Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke, and access to guided meditations.

  • LWC Clients can take this class in lieu of the required childbirth class series for first-time moms.

  • Birth professionals are welcome to take the full class series; cost is $200 per person.

  • If you are interested in joining the our MBCP class series, please contact us at: mindfulbirthphiladelphia@gmail.com or here.


mindfulness for parents with babies

Newborns are amazing! And cute! Endearing! Exciting! 

But they can also be infuriating, flummoxing, confounding, intimidating. And boring too. 

The early days, weeks, and months of parenting are unlike anything else in life. At once full of newness and learning and adventure, and sometimes too - stultifying in its simplicity, and seeming lack of productivity. 

Take down your stress levels down at a time when they often get ratcheted up. Learn mindfulness skills to support you during the highs and the lows. 

Join us for this month-long course in mindfulness skills for new parents (or already parents with small babies!)

  • Location: Solutions for Women, located at Pennsylvania Hospital, 700 Spruce St., Duncan Garfield Building Suite B3, Philadelphia, PA 19107

  • To register, call Penn Medicine's Solutions for Women at Pennsylvania Hospital 800 789 7366, or email Michelle at michelle.rodriguez@uphs.upenn.edu

  • Questions? Email: mindfulparentingphiladelphia@gmail.com

If your baby is crawling / walking, but you are interested in this class, please contact us at mindfulparentingphiladelphia@gmail.com to discuss. Thanks!


MINDFULNESS FOR PARENTS (for those with children of any age):

Contractions aren't just for labor and birth! 

Contractions - moments of tightness / challenge / stress / knotted-up-ness - are a fact of life. Often there are many in our lives as parents as we deal with crying babies, screaming toddlers, fighting siblings, anxious kids, sulking teenagers, or even floundering young adults. This makes parenthood sound like so much fun, doesn't it? We all know there is another side to each of those coins, of course. But can we be in the moments that make up our lives? Can we feel them? Can we live into them more fully?

Mindfulness practice invites us to sink into all the moments of our lives, to find ease and presence no matter the weather, and to ride the inevitable waves of our lives as they move up and down with varying speed and intensity. 

Take this class series if you'd like to explore mindfulness, jumpstart a regular practice, restart a previously held practice, or if you're interested in developing skills for dealing with the contractions of life as a parent, and a person, with comrades. 

This class is for parents with kids of any age, can be taken alone or with a partner, and is only open to adults. This class does require a commitment to the series - it is not a drop-in class. A commitment to practicing mindfulness each day is a great way to reap the benefits of practice, but all you need to bring to class is a willingness to look closely at your own mind and see what you find!

Please be in touch with any questions or to register at mindfulparentingphiladelphia@gmail.com