Nancy Lee Koschmann, M. Ed., Ph. D., CEC, is a long-time childbirth and parenting educator. She taught child development and womens’ studies at Elmira College for nearly twenty years, until she decided to open Mindful Parenting Ithaca and it’s companion service, Open Path Coaching. She has educated more than 300 couples about healthy pregnancy, safe and comfortable labor and delivery, and how to parent wisely with mindfulness, equanimity and joy. In her past lives she was a La Leche League counselor for many years, a labor coach (doula) for foreign women giving birth in Japanese hospitals and also worked as a family therapist both in the US and Japan. Nancy has worked with single mothers, couples, non-native English speaking families and foreign students in her effort to empower people as they experience birth, parenting and family life.
Nancy is the mother of three children, now grown, and the grandmother of three. Besides teaching mindful birthing and meditation, consulting with parents trying to raise their children mindfully, and assisting people through various life transitions [through Open Path Coaching] she volunteers with the Cornell Prison Education Program, teaching wellness and meditation to incarcerated men at Auburn Correctional Facility. She provides mindfulness and anti=stress workshops for teachers in the local school district and is presently working with others to encourage the inclusion of mindfulness-based skills in the classroom. When she is not playing with her grandchildren, she grows flowers and green veggies, and tries to provide a safe habitat for the small and sometimes larger creatures on her land. She writes when the muse calls, collages with Japanese hand-made paper, canoes as much as she can, and meditates in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She does yoga and tai chi and encourages her students to take up some sort of meditative practice for mindfulness as a buffer against the stress of parenting, work and modern family life.
Nancy’s Personal Statement: Mindful parenting is about being truly present to and for the child. Such mindfulness, profound care and concern for the child, and attunement to the child’s needs begins during pregnancy, continue throughout labor and delivery, and deepens throughout the parenting processes and the child’s growth. Mindful parenting is a life-long endeavor, and is built on an on-going awareness and a deep desire to hear and offer understanding to the child. It is based on a willingness to be aware and alive every monent, to pay attention to what is hapening here and now, and to be deeply appreciative of the miracle of our own and our children’s presence. This is not possible without a certain commitment to altering priorities from consumption, over-activity and competition to a more healthy life style of putting interpersonal relationships and inner peacefulness first. If we want to raise kind, thoughtful and non-violent children, we must create our lives in such a way as to engender compassionate, empathy, insight and gentleness. Children do as we do, not as we say. If we nurture well, they will grow up to nurture well, and who knows, maybe the world will become a better place!
Nancy is the mother of three children, now grown, and the grandmother of three more children, all in Ithaca (lucky Nancy!). She is partnered with a professor of Japanese history at Cornell University. In her non-professional life, she volunteers with the Cornell Prison Education Program and teaches child development, writing and meditation to the men incarcerated at Auburn. She grows flowers and veggies, and tries to provide a safe habitat for the small and sometimes larger creatures on her land. She writes when the muse calls, collages with Japanese hand-made paper, canoes as much as she can, and meditates in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She does yoga and tai chi and encourages her students to take up some sort of meditative practice for mindfulness as a buffer against the stress of parenting, work and modern family life.