Pricing and Services
Birth package: $1150 ($800 if you also take a group MBCP class)
For details of my availability, certifications, etc., take a look at my profile on DoulaMatch.net.
Birth package includes: free informational interview; 24/7 phone and text availability from the time the deposit is paid until the final postpartum visit; 2-4 prenatal appointments to prepare for birth; continuous labour support, with backup if necessary; postpartum visit when baby is approximately 2 weeks old
Birth package + private instruction (30 hours) for you and your partner in Mindfulness Based Childbirth & Parenting: $2000
Mindfulness Based Childbirth & Parenting group class: $500 per couple; $350 if taken solo. (If you do not have a partner, you are welcome to bring a family member or other support person in place of one, for the same price.)
Have multiple friends expecting at the same time you are? Book me for a group class just for you! Minimum of 3 couples, maximum of 10.
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education
Classes Online Until Further Notice
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grace’s next class in Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting will begin online on July 20, 2020 (7:30-10:00 PM Eastern time), and run Monday evenings through mid-September, with all-day retreat Saturday, August 29. The following session of classes will begin in mid-autumn, and may be in person, depending on the situation. But for now, take advantage of this chance to participate regardless of geography!
Having a baby is one of the most transformative experiences in a person’s life. Learning mindfulness during your pregnancy — that is, the awareness that comes from learning to pay attention in the present moment on purpose and non-judgmentally — can help you immensely during the birth process. Whatever your intention around the use or non-use of pain medication during childbirth, Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP) provides skills for the mind and body to support you and your partner as your birth unfolds, moment by moment. By learning and practicing mindfulness during your pregnancy, you will learn how to engage the mind to work with pain and fear and how to strengthen skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting and daily life. By the end of this course, you will understand the mind/body connection of birth and how to optimize it by influencing your internal and external environment where possible and letting go when necessary.
Mindfulness Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP) was founded by midwife and mindfulness teacher Nancy Bardacke in 1998, and is an evidence-based adaptation of the well-researched Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. For more information about the history of MBCP, the current research, and Nancy Bardacke, visit the MBCP website, check out Nancy’s award-winning book, or watch Nancy talking about MBCP in 2014.
During the nine-week MBCP course, you will learn to:
• Access deep physical and mental relaxation
• Engage the mind to work with pain during labour
• Increase confidence and courage for the experience of labour 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
Thanks to Nancy Bardacke and to Danielle Schumann-Olivier at Mindful Birthing Boston for these descriptions!
Questions? They might be answered on the FAQ page; if not, email me!