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Mindful Birthing - Nancy Bardacke

Paperback Published: 30th August 2012
ISBN: 9780061963957
Number Of Pages: 384

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With Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine, Bardacke offers practices that will help you find calm and ease during this life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting.


  • Increases confidence and decreases fear of childbirth
  • Taps into deep inner resources for working with pain
  • Improves couple communication, connection, and cooperation
  • Provides stress-reducing skills for greater joy and wellbeing

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"This book gives parents and parents to be the tools they need to meet their experience with honesty, compassion, and kindness. A truly valuable resource."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
"Mindful Birthing recognizes that no factor is more significant for our national health than how our children are born and raised. Nancy Bardacke offers a vision for how everyone involved in birth and parenting can act with utmost care. Let's make this required reading in medical education.--Congressman Tim Ryan
"Combining ancient wisdom and modern evidence-based science, the practices in this book will change your life. A must-buy for expectant parents, for midwives and other professionals involved in birthing, and also for any of us who want a glimpse of what great mindfulness teaching can offer us."--Mark Williams, bestselling author of The Mindful Way Through Depression
"Mindful Birthing is a lovely book. It makes you think and it makes you cry. Give it to any one you know about to give birth. It will change the parents' life--and the life of their child."--Barry Boyce, editor-in-chief, Mindful.org

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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ISBN: 9780061963957
ISBN-10: 006196395X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 30th August 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.41

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