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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting


This Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program is a nine-week practical preparation course. The process of childbirth can be overwhelming, exciting, scary, and thrilling. This class offers you valuable tools to get through the transformational process of birth and prepares you for parenting. Most importantly, it offers you a framework for applying evidenced-based mindfulness techniques to your daily life, starting from the first class.

The teaching of mindfulness through the MBCP program is fully integrated into the current knowledge of the psycho-biological processes of pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period, and the psycho-biological needs of the newborn and infant.


Included in the course are a variety of practices like

  • Mind-body pain coping practices,

  • Positions for labor

  • The physiology of childbirth

  • Breastfeeding

  • Understanding labor and birth from a mind-body perspective

  • Coping with the postpartum adjustment period from a physical and emotional perspective

  • Setting up support systems for the postpartum time

Clinical observations and qualitative data from post-course questionnaires show that pregnant women and their partners consistently report an

  • Increase in confidence

  • Decrease of fear of childbirth

  • An overall sense of well-being

  • Increased ability to manage stress in everyday life

  • Couples report improved relationships and more effective communication.

  • The pleasure of connection with a community of others is an additional health benefit.

Course Materials:

Mindful Birthing, by Nancy Bardacke

Guided Meditations

Instructor: Kristy Zadrozny

Kristy Zadrozny, is NYC’s resident Labor and Postpartum Doula faculty member for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), additionally, she is the only Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting facilitator and Becoming Us Facilitator in NYC. Since 2010, Kristy has dedicated Expecting(nyc), her private practice, to support women and their families as they journey through the childbearing years. She has witnessed and supported thousands of families during the transformational period of pregnancy, birth and parenting. Kristy specializes in mindfulness based theory and practice, family relationship dynamics and professional education for doulas, as it applies to the perinatal period.

Dates: Every Tuesday April 30th - July 2nd 2019
Time:  6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost:  $635.50 (Couple)/ $318.77 (Single)

Earlier Event: April 19
Partner's Group
Later Event: April 24
Restorative Movement