Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting
MBCP is an antenatal education programme for all expectant parents, which teaches life skills for managing pain, fear, stress during childbirth and for the transition to parenthood.
Our course combines mindfulness meditation with traditional childbirth education, covering the physiology and process of labour and birth, as well as the social and emotional needs of the newborn baby, feeding, postpartum care, couple communication and how to apply the skills and attitudes of mindfulness to all of these experiences.
“Life begins where fear ends”
10 hours contact time with the mindfulness teacher.
A book and CD of meditation practices to guide participants through the home practice.
Our 4-week mindfulness courses for expectant parents are based upon the MBCP programme take place in partnership with University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust.
The exact content varies, however, each session is generally a mix of: mindfulness mediation practice, discussion about this, practical exercises exploring childbirth and parenting and how the practice of mindfulness might support us through this transition.
Throughout the sessions we learn skills including how to:
work with pain & fear during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond
manage stress and strong emotions during the transition to parenthood and everyday life, including in the workplace
be present for our babies and able to respond to their needs, giving us greater confidence in our ability to cope / parent
build a community of new parents
enhance communication, caring and connectedness with our partners, family and friends
become more aware of our own approach to parenting
tap into inner reservoirs of patience, calm and joy
cultivate the capacity to be fully present with ourselves and our children
Mindfulness is not a quick fix or a magic wand, however, evidence shows benefits for a variety of life challenges including stress, anxiety, low mood / depression, childbirth & parenting.