"Even if it’s not your first child, you will learn things that can change your whole birthing experience, and also for parenthood beyond birth and life in general."

- Elke -

  • Data

    (Deze training is in het Engels, de trainer spreekt ook Nederlands). 

    Klik hier voor de Nederlandse tekst.

    Autumn Monday Evening course Amsterdam- Blue Birds West

    September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 28
    All-day October Saturday 19th and post-birth reunion to be decided on with group.
    Time: 19:00-21:45
    Location: Jan Evertsenstraat 4-8, 1056 EC Amsterdam

    Winter Thursday Evening course Amsterdam- Blue Birds West

    October 31st, November 7, 14, 21, 28 December 5, 12, 19
    All-day December Sunday 8th  and post-birth reunion to be decided on with group.
    Time 18:30-21:15
    Location: Jan Evertsenstraat 4-8, 1056 EC Amsterdam

    Lopende training

    Maandagavond 13, 20, 27 mei; 3, 10, 17, 24 juni; 1 juli
    Tijd: 18.15 -21.00 uur
    Locatie: Karunika Center, Meerhuizenplein 38, 1078TB Amsterdam (Rivierenbuurt)

    Trainer: Aileen Kennedy
    All-day (TBD)  and post-birth reunion to be decided on with group.

    Kosten: 550 euro inclusief btw

  • Program

    The MBCP course includes 8 weekly classes of 2h45 hours, an additional stillness day and a post-birth reunion. Classes include the physiology of childbirth, mind-body awareness practices, hand-on practices to work with pain during labor, positions for birthing, breastfeeding and parenting a newborn. Participants learn mindfulness meditation as a self-regulation approach to the physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

    What I really like about this mindfulness course is that it helps you accept things as they are. This was very helpful for me during labor. 
    - Marlene

    In this class you will:

    • Access deep physical and mental relaxation
    • Learn to engage the mind to work with pain during labor
    • Increase confidence and courage for the experience of labor and delivery
    • Practice prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility
    • Develop skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting and daily life
    • Enhance partner communication skills
    • Become more aware of our own approach to parenting

    Course materials include a workbook and guided audio practices. Home practice is an essential ingredient to the success of this approach (30 minutes a day is recommended). Being more aware of and in tune with your body and more connected to the amazing physiological experience of pregnancy.

    What you will learn

    • Letting go of unhelpful and fearful beliefs or expectations around the birth experience and replacing these with trust and confidence.
    • Embracing and surrendering to the sensations of labour rather than resisting these which generally allows for a quicker, more effective labour and overall more positive birth experience.
    • Partners can use their mindfulness skills to support the birthing mother to remain centered and present throughout and especially in the more challenging moments of labour!
    • Be flexible when things don’t go according to plan. As much as we prepare for the birth, the whole process is a leap into the unknown. Mindfulness supports us to be comfortable with not knowing, let go of our expectations and be more open and accepting with the outcome of the birth.
    • Being a more confident and much less stressed new parent. Postnatal life is intense: the constant responsibility can all be very overwhelming. Mindfulness supports you to remain present, loving and calm – the best gift you can give your child.


    Participants to the MBCP report that learning mindfulness brings benefits greater than they could have imagined during and far beyond the birth process. Mindfulness practice continues to serve in the immediate, intense, joyful and sometimes stressful weeks and months of learning to care for a new baby. Many report that the mindfulness practice has indeed been a source of strength, growth and pleasure in the early years of becoming a family.

    For whom

    This course caters to the expectant couple and supports the pregnant woman as well as her partner. The program is open to first-time parents as well as to those who already have children. We welcome people from all backgrounds and sexual orientation. Single parents are welcome to the course and we would like to support them the best we can. We would recommend then choosing a birthing partner, be it a doula, midwife, mother or friend to attend this course with you.

    When to start

    Most people take the course toward the end of their pregnancy. However, some people may want to start their meditation practice much earlier. These include people who simply seek the benefits of a meditation practice throughout their pregnancy, or who have a meditation practice and find it easier to maintain it in a group context, or who have lot of fear around childbirth, or who are experiencing a pregnancy complicated by other health factors, or are challenged by other stresses in their lives at home or at work. As many studies show, stress can be a contributing factor in a number of difficult pregnancy conditions, such as preterm labor or low birth weight. Those who want to begin mindfulness practice earlier are welcome to start the course at any point in their pregnancy.

    FAQ: Frequently askes questions. Read more 

  • Background

    The mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting training (MBCP) was founded in 1988 by Nancy Bardacke, certified nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher. The program is an adaptation the ‘regular’ mindfulnesstraining (MBSR) created by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Nancy has woven her 45 years of experience of paying attention to the birth process and needs of expecting parents into creating and adapting the MBCP course.

  • Trainer

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    Aileen Kennedy









    During my first pregnancy I became a Mindfulness Trainer. After the birth of my first daughter I came in touch with Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Program (MBCP). MBCP made so much sense to me I instantly fell in love with it. 

    I have further trained myself in understanding better labor pain the birth process. I have a Masters degree in Psychology and have worked as a 'GZ-Psychologist' for over 6 years, in the same setting I also taught, I have been interested in  pregnancy, birth, eastern philosophy and meditation from a young age, in MBCP it all comes together. I found much wisdom in books and as I started to 
    practise I found some peace in those moments and the seed was planted for this way of cultivating awareness.
    For over a decade I have practised yoga.

    It was after my first daughter’s birth that I realized that the transition into parenthood was a time where many need support. I also learned during birth that a trained mind (in mindfulness, being with what is moment by moment) really had a positive impact on my birth experience and coping with pain. Having a positive birth experience, I experienced is empowering, the effects last for a long time. I felt a strong urge to want to share how mindfulness can impact the birth experience with other women.

    I grew up in the Alps and have been living in Amsterdam since the end of elementary school. This base not only gave me a great appreciation for nature but also for languages and a broader sense of cultural understanding. I’m in my mid 30’s, I have two daughters and live with my partner in Amstelveen. I’m passionate about delicious food, yoga and travelling.

    "Even if it’s not your first child, you will learn things that can change your whole birthing experience, and also for parenthood beyond birth and life in general."

    - Elke 

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"My partner learnt tools to support me during labour that we were able to apply in an effective way during the birth."

- Disa

The Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Course brings together the best of childbirth education and mindfulness skills to support expectant parents towards greater well-being, balance and wisdom as they go through one of the most transformative experiences of a lifetime : becoming a parent. The class prepares parents for the big event that giving birth is and includes all the usual components of a childbirth education class such as the physiology of labor, positions for birthing, and breastfeeding. However, the course goes well-beyond a traditional childbirth class as it equips couples with life-long mindfulness skills providing a healthy foundation for coping with the stresses and challenges of parenting, family life, and indeed, life itself. One learns the full spectrum of practices that are taught in a traditional 8-week mindfulness course as well as mindfulness practices tailored to childbirth to support partner communication and working skillfully with discomfort and pain during birth.