The Mind in Labor: Working with Pain in Childbirth

Date(s) - 09/09/2016 - 09/11/2016
All Day

Holy Wisdom Monastery


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Often pain and anxiety are our greatest challenges in childbirth. Learning to use our mind to work with these challenges can make a huge difference in our labor and delivery experiences. The Mind in Labor workshop is a time to look deeply at pain and fear in childbirth and to cultivate present moment awareness for meeting whatever childbirth experience might unfold. The workshop is an excellent complement to any childbirth education class, including refresher classes. It can also be helpful for those who anticipate a birth experience requiring special medical attention or for those who have had a previous difficult birth experience.

Dr. Larissa Duncan is hosting a weekend workshop for expectant mothers in their third trimester, The Mind in Labor, with Nancy Bardacke, CNM, author of Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond.MIndful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke book
In this workshop we will:

  • Practice mindfulness and its applications for working with pain and fear during labor
  • Understand the mind/body connection in childbirth and how mindful awareness can be a critical element in facilitating the birth process
  • Experience using the breath as an anchor to the present moment for maintaining the optimal physiology for childbirth
  • Tap into inner reservoirs of strength, confidence and courage
  • Learn how to be fully present to give comfort and support as a birth partner
  • Begin or deepen an understanding of the power of mindfulness—moment-to-moment awareness—for the challenges of birthing and parenting
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a passionate teacher and discover a powerful way to prepare for childbirth and for the parenting journey that lies ahead!
A copy of Mindful Birthing book, and the accompanying guided audio files, as well as healthy snacks at breaks, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday are included in the cost of registration.
Location:  Holy Wisdom Monastery 4200 County Road M, Middleton WI
Date:  Friday evening, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11
(Fri 6:45 pm–9:45 pm, Sat 9:30 am–4:30 pm, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm.)
$150 per person (for each pregnant woman)
Discount for couples ($275 for two people)
Healthy, hot lunches included Sat. and Sun. for $25 per person.
Register here:  Online Registration or by phone at 608-262-2451
Questions: Libby Bestul ( or at 608-262-2611
Financial aid available upon request.

*We encourage pregnant participants to attend with a co-parenting partner, friend, family member, doula, or other adult companion.  Sorry, no childcare is available for this workshop.


Nancy Bardacke, Head ShotNancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, midwife, mindfulness teacher and founder of the MBCP program has been assisting birthing families for more than 4 decades. She is currently the Director of the MBCP Program at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Her book Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond received the 2014 Book of the Year Award from the American College of Nurse-Midwives.