Mindful Birth PDX has had a long gestation period, but I am excited to finally be able to launch this new childbirth and parenting education series to the Portland community. The seeds were first planted around six years ago, when as a pre-nursing student on her way to midwifery school, I stumbled upon Nancy Bardacke’s book, Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond. I remember reading it at the time and feeling a deep, full body resonance with the way she wrote about the transformative power of birth and the potential benefits of cultivating a daily mindfulness practice to support the parenting journey.
The book sat on my shelf all through my three years of nursing and midwifery school, and sat mostly untouched even during my own pregnancy in 2015. It wasn’t until 2018 that I once again stumbled upon the MBCP website and noticed that they were about to start the 2018 Teacher Training Cohort. Even though I hadn’t thought much about it in the past few years, I immediate knew it was time to do the training. My son was now three, I was settling into my midwifery practice and I knew I needed something to help keep me rooted to my original intention and vision for becoming a midwife. I had just taken a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course earlier that year and it had reawakened my long-dormant meditation practice. I was already seeing the benefits in my personal life and I was excited to bring this curriculum to Portland. There are only a handful of MBCP-trained teachers in Oregon and I feel deeply privileged to be one of them.
To celebrate our launch, I’m excited to share that I’ll be leading a free online Solstice Mindful Practice session on Saturday, December 21, from 4:30-5:30pm PST. This hour-long session will be held using Zoom Meeting. The great thing about Zoom is you can choose whether to show your video or not and you can mute yourself. So if you just want to show up and have a calm voice help you reconnect to your body and breath during the hectic holiday season, you can do that, in your pajamas, with your baby crying in the background. Of course, I always love to connect with you as well, and I hope that as our weekly online Mindful Parenting Circle gets started in January 2020, that folks will feel a sense of community as they get to know one another, even over video.
I encourage you to explore our site and offerings and please connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. While I have chosen to have accounts on both platforms, I plan to keep the postings to a minimum, to simplify all our lives. I will be announcing the dates of our first Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting series sometime in the next few weeks, and in the meantime, sign up to get on my mailing list for (infrequent!) future updates.