Danielle headshotDanielle Schuman-Olivier, CNM, MSN entered midwifery school at Yale University in 2002, the same year she went on her first meditation course and delved into learning yoga. She has attended births in hospitals, free-standing birth centers, at home and participated in the National Health Service Corps all the while continuing to grow her personal meditation and yoga practice. When she met Nancy Bardacke, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP) in 2013, she realized she had found a true passion by combining both worlds. “MBCP draws from the time honored practices of midwifery and mindfulness to empower women and partners to be fully present first in their birth experience and then for their child. It is a childbirth education class and so much more.” Danielle is the mother of two kids both born with midwives. She has practiced as a nurse-midwife for 14 years and is currently in school becoming a mental health nurse practitioner where she hopes to specialize in perinatal mental health & well-being. Contact Danielle at mindfulbirthingboston@gmail.com.

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Amanda Abbott, CNM, MSN began her meditation practice in 2005 in Ann Arbor, MI where she studied public health and social work, with a concentration in women’s and reproductive health. While in Ann Arbor, she attended births as a doula, and was trained as an Infant Mental Health Specialist, working with high-risk families prenatally and postpartum. “My early meditation practice supported me through graduate school, the death of a parent, and the stresses of life in one’s late 20’s, allowing me to be more present and accepting, while also open to new challenges. It also assisted me in being more present and compassionate with myself and the families I was working with.”

In the summer of 2005, Amanda traveled to Ghana to work with a midwife teaching childbirth education classes, and evaluating their success. This sparked a life-long passion for childbirth education and international reproductive health work.  After several years of working in international reproductive health programming, she returned to Yale University where she completed her midwifery education. Amanda has been working as a midwife at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA since 2014. She has two children born into the hands of midwives. Amanda took MBCP and then MBSR in 2017 with her partner during her maternity leave with their second child. Amanda completed her MBCP teacher training with Nancy Bardacke in 2019. “I know that MBCP is a true gift for me, not only as a midwife, but more importantly, as a parent. I use the practices daily and will for the rest of my life!” Contact Amanda at mindfulbirthparent@gmail.com.