Help support our Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) teachers, perinatal health professionals, and expectant parents.
COVID-19 has impacted every facet of our work at the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation. From an exponential demand for online MBCP classes to more than 85% of our 2020 MBCP Teacher Training applicants requesting tuition assistance, we are working hard to serve all of our constituents.
Your #GivingTuesdayNow donations will help support:
* technology grants and training for online MBCP classes;
* needs-based scholarship funds for new and practicing MBCP teachers;
* the enhancement of MBCP course materials, to include the distribution of free resources to expectant parents;
* perinatal health practitioner outreach, sharing mindfulness skills as a pandemic response; and
* the full retention of our faculty and staff.
Our deepest gratitude.
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well and in good health. These last few months have certainly been trying for many of us as we attempt to navigate the quickly shifting landscape of our parenting, our relationships, our work, and our well-being. I have found myself leaning into my lovingkindness practice quite often as I read the news, communicate with MBCP colleagues and expectant parents, check in on family across the globe, and do my part to protect the health of those around me.
-- May all beings be safe and protected. May all beings be healthy in body and mind. May all beings be happy. May all beings live with ease and peace.
As many of you know from your own mindfulness practice, every moment – including this one – arises and falls away. As we acknowledge and bear witness to the emotions, thoughts, memories, and worries that may accompany these times, let us also approach these precedent-setting moments with an attitude of curiosity and with a spirit of creativity. Almost all labors come with a degree of discomfort, uncertainty, and fatigue, but our resilience emerges in our presence, in our agility, and in our care for ourselves and for each other.
The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation, our 501(c)3 nonprofit, has been spending a lot of time supporting our MBCP teachers, who were suddenly forced to move their 9-week MBCP classes with expectant parents to an online space. In our time together, we've heard stories about doulas and partners being excluded from the birth room. We've listened as perinatal providers described their concerns about their physical and psychological safety – as individuals, as healthcare professionals, and as caregivers within their families. We've shared practical tips, materials, strategies, and expertise with one another. And we've affirmed a deep sense of our interconnection and our commitment to the life-changing, intergenerational work of MBCP. Indeed, if there was ever a time to learn skills to navigate discomfort, fear, and uncertainty, it is now!
It is clear that the needs we all face are great. Yet, we are also uniquely positioned to influence the shape of our collective narrative and to reduce the suffering around us. How we attend to these times – both literally and figuratively – will be quintessential to our long-term ability to thrive.
The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation is currently collecting funds to offset the costs of technology grants, training for online MBCP teaching, pandemic-response outreach to perinatal health practitioners, the distribution of free mindfulness resources to expectant parents, video production and editing services, and needs-based scholarship funds for new and practicing MBCP teachers. We are also doing our best to maintain the full employment of our incredible staff and faculty this year. If you are able, we would greatly appreciate your financial support.
Wishing you all continued well being,
Kimberly Streeter, PhD
Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation