In this Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) course, learn to

  • Access deep physical and mental relaxation
  • Learn about the physiological changes in pregnancy & postpartum and the stages of labor
  • 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 your own approach to parenting

This 7-week, live online class is co-taught by Beth Robson and Michelle Cohen, passionate birth keepers who worship the magic and mystery of birth, and dedicated practitioners of mindfulness and meditation. We have both witnessed first hand the power that meditation has in our personal and professional lives, and are eager to support families with these valuable tools. We aim to help you open to moment-by-moment awareness for one of the most special days in your family’s life.

Meet Beth

Beth (she/her) is a dedicated mom of three and one dog. She resides in Arlington, VA with her partner of 22 years. She is an individual who adores life and is the happiest outside. She has been meditating for 11 years.  Her professional background is in Women and Infant health care as a midwife. She has worked for Midwives of Medstar for eight years, serving birth families and people who identify as women. She has a passion for helping and advocating for families in transitions; birth, contraception, menarche, and menopause. She is looking forward to new beginnings with Mindful Birthing to explore tools to assist with transitions. 

Meet Michelle

Michelle (she/her) is a birth and postpartum doula and prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher. She has been supporting families in the childbearing year for over a decade. She has two teen boys, and began her meditation practice when they were toddlers to help ease the challenges of parenting that were arising (and still exist!). She practices meditation in the Soto Zen Buddhist lineage with her teacher Karen Maezen Miller. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, kids and pandemic pup.

Early Spring 2022 Dates

The course curriculum includes six weekly class sessions and one full day of meditation practice.

Weekly Class Sessions

Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

6:30 pm- 9 pm ET


Details: Classes for you and your birth support person are live, online via Zoom.
Investment: $550 for pregnant person and a partner.
Best for birthers due in mid March 2022 and beyond.

Each class is a combination of information on childbirth and parenting, mindfulness meditation practices, inquiry, and community building. We do encourage time spent outside of class to practice what is being taught each week.


Mid-Spring 2022 Dates

The course curriculum includes six weekly class sessions and one full day of meditation practice.

Weekly Class Sessions

Sundays, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5*, 12, 19
9 am – 11:30 am ET

Day of Practice

*June 5
10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET


Details: Classes for you and your birth support person are live, online via Zoom.
Investment: $550 for pregnant person and a partner.

Best for birthers due in mid June 2022 and beyond.

Each class is a combination of information on childbirth and parenting, mindfulness meditation practices, inquiry, and community building. We do encourage time spent outside of class to practice what is being taught each week.


We believe:

* There is no “right” way to give birth.  

Birth, in all its forms, is a rite of passage that leads to inner and outer transformation. 

* Inherent in birth, and life, there is uncertainty.

Rather than teach you a method that promotes a certain outcome, we are interested in helping you become more comfortable with sitting with uncertainty.  Inner resources and external tools help you navigate the sensations of your experience and will be taught and practiced. Mindfulness cultivates a spirit of not-knowing, which helps you prepare to be unprepared.  

* Contemplative practices are the foundation of a rich and meaningful life.

Meditation, movement, journaling, creativity and ritual lead to self-awareness and can provide support in times of transition. Self-awareness leads to informed, compassionate decision-making.  

* How you live is how you birth.

It is important to participate, advocate and align your birthing decisions with your own individual values. 

* Each person’s fertility journey, pregnancy and parenthood is unique.

All individuals, family structures, and choices are respected here.  You are the expert in your own life and we value autonomy and authenticity.  

* We acknowledge the intersectionality of birth work, human rights, racial justice, and LGBTQIA rights. 

We aspire to engage in ongoing learning and conversations to be better anti-racists and promote equity, particularly for birthing people of color, queer, trans, and other marginalized communities. 

* Babies (and new parents!) thrive in community.

With support from elders, other parents, aunts, uncles, siblings and friends, there is a circular relationship that occurs–connection to self leads to deeper connection to others which leads to deeper connection to community which leads to a deeper connection to the planet, leading back to a deeper connection to self. 


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“Mindfulness doesn’t give you the birth experience you want, but it gives you a way to fall in love with the birth experience you get.”

-A new mother