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Jennifer Jo Averill Moffitt, RN, CNM, MBCPTc

  • Speaker Type: Labour & Delivery Symposium 2023
  • Country: U.S.A

Jennifer Averill Moffitt, CNM, MSN, MBCPTc, is a nurse-midwife and the perinatal services manager at the Family Health Center of Worcester in Massachusetts as well as the Director of Community Partnerships and a senior faculty member at the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation. Jen has been teaching the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program since 2014, after training intensively with MBCP founder, Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, MBCPTc.

As a Fulbright scholar and perinatal professional, Jen has dedicated her career to working with high-risk, marginalized, and underserved populations. Her passion for the intersectionality of mindfulness, birth, early parenting, and health equity – as both intervention and prevention – has led Jen to devote herself to training and mentoring perinatal and mental health professionals to facilitate the MBCP program across the globe.

The mother of two spirited teenagers and a 20+ year mindfulness practitioner, Jen also brings a wealth of personal experience, humility, and passion to her work.

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Only Now, Just This - Practicing Mindfulness in Labor and Delivery
Bringing the practices of mindfulness to our patients and ourselves can significantly impact our patients' relationship to pain and fear in labor, birth, and life. In this hour long presentation, participants will have an opportunity to experience a mindfulness practice and learn ways to implement mindfulness in childbirth and parenting. Participants will be exposed to how mindfulness meditation can decrease stress during pregnancy and beyond and hear about mindfulness skills for working through pain and fear in childbirth. Further, participants will learn how to encourage mindfulness life skills for parenting with wisdom, kindness, and connection from the moments of birth, as well as how mindfulness skills may be implemented as a way to disrupt intergenerational patterns of suffering. In particular, this presentation will offer concrete ways to bring mindfulness to the contractions of labor, and to the space in between the contractions of labor. The potential for separating "pain" from "suffering" using mindfulness practices will be explored, which can be applied to labor, and of course, to life. We will examine the research around mindfulness based interventions, the relationship between perinatal stress and outcomes, and the potential that mindfulness strategies have for reducing health disparities.
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Presentations: 8  |  Hours / CE Credits: 8  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks