Midwives often use aspects of mindfulness to help women during labor, such as reminding them to take one breath at a time. However, many lack the foundational understanding of mindfulness to teach it to their patients or to employ it during stressful times in their own lives. The research on mindfulness for working with anxiety, depression and pain indicates that mindfulness practice can improve the lives of birthing women, their families, and ourselves as providers.
During this full-day, mixed format workshop, participants will learn and experience five mindfulness practices, both formal and informal, to deepen appreciation of the joyful moments of birth and life as well as a skillful means to work with difficulties and unexpected outcomes. Opportunities for sharing mindfulness practices with the families we serve will be explored. In power point presentations we will examine the scientific basis of mindfulness, and review current literature specifically related to mindfulness training for women in pregnancy and care providers.