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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP)

9 Week Program for Expecting Parents

We are thrilled to host this special series led by Lena Soo Hee Wood of Mindful Birth NW at the Pause Studio this summer and fall!

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Welcome to MBCP

During this series you will learn mindfulness practices to help center your awareness, integrating mind-body connection in preparation for birth—and the lifelong work of parenting. You'll build community with other fellow parents on a similar journey towards intentional parenting. You'll develop a deeper understanding of your changing body; a more fluid relationship with pain, stress, and uncertainty; and compassionate communication skills, among many other things.


You'll be guided by Lena Wood, a certified nurse midwife with more than 10 years of experience in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. Additionally, she has a background in Montessori education and has worked with children from birth through age 12. This is a unique offering in Portland, as Lena is the only MBCP-trained instructor in the Portland-area.


Curious? Join us for an hour-long Zoom info sessions to get a taste of mindful practice together. See details below and learn more at

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Fall Program 2023

Space is limited so we recommend registering early!

Portland's very first in-person cohort of the nine-week series, Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting begins on Thursday, September 28 and will run for nine weeks. There will also be a day-long retreat hosted in the beautiful urban farm tended by Mother Tree Doula Services in outer Southeast Portland on the edge of Powell Butte.


Thursday Evenings

September 28 – November 30* from 6-8:30pm PT

*No Class on November 23 (Thanksgiving) 

Incudes Day Long Retreat


  • Weekly Classes ~ In-Person at Pause Studio (view map)

  • Day Long Retreat ~ Beautiful urban farm (Southeast Portland)

Learn More at a Free Info Session on Zoom!

Dates coming soon

Stay tuned for registration!

About the Facilitator

Lena is a feminist certified nurse-midwife with over ten years of experience in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. She has practiced full-scope midwifery at home, birth centers, and hospitals, and currently works part-time with the Legacy Silverton midwives. 


She completed her two year training as a Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting instructor with MBCP founder Nancy Bardacke from 2018-2020 and is in process of being MBCP-certified. Prior to midwifery, Lena was trained as a Montessori elementary teacher and taught lower elementary, in addition to assisting in preschool, infant, and upper elementary classrooms across Portland.


Lena is passionate about trauma-informed midwifery care and centers her clinical practice in a reproductive justice framework. Her work is informed by further study in polyvagal theory and interpersonal neurobiology and she is certified as a Perinatal Mental Health specialist through Postpartum Support International. She is thrilled to be bringing MBCP to Portland and nourishes her own mindfulness practice as sangha member at Dharma Rain Zen Center here in Portland.


IG: @mindfulbirthnw

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