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Danielle 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 ancient 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 is currently a practicing nurse-midwife at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA (www.mamah.org) and uses the skills she has gained from MBCP everyday to cultivate a balanced and compassionate life. (Visit her website here)