Mindfulness and Perinatal Health: Waking Up to the Somatic Experiences of Pregnancy and Childbirth
Mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote in Coming to Our Senses that “the journey toward health and sanity is nothing less than an invitation to wake up to the fullness of our lives as if they actually mattered.” This fullness is present all the time—including during childbirth. Yet the full experience of childbirth is often eclipsed by fear, anxiety or a medical system that alienates women and families. How can mindfulness help us experience the fullness of pregnancy and birth? In this session, participants will be led in several guided meditations that apply to the context of childbirth and parenting. The session will include an overview of key studies that support mindfulness as an intervention for coping with pain and fear and information about the role of mindfulness in body awareness.