Maternal Positioning is a term used for talking about the posture and positions women use in pregnancy and in labor for comfort and labor progress. The 2nd Principle of Spinning Babies is Gravity. Maternal positioning uses the 2nd Principle of Spinning Babies: Gravity.
Childbirth educator Pauline Scott coined the phrase Optimal Fetal Positioning to describe the work of Midwife Jean Sutton. These two women published Understanding and Teaching Optimal Fetal Positioning in 1996. Two facts will help you to understand why fetal position is important:
- Baby's rotate through the pelvis to emerge from the womb.
- Fetal position effects the relative ease of fetal rotation and descent.
My belief is that maternal positioning will support optimal fetal positioning when we have balance in the pelvis (including ligaments, fascia and muscles). Balance first.
Why don't randomized control studies support Optimal Fetal Positioning when midwives and doulas do?
We may see more benefit in labor progress with baby's position when we take into engagement, a balanced pelvic floor, flexion of the fetal head, and freedom of maternal movement (not restricted to bed in labor including the second stage of pushing) supported by maternity care practices. Birth is revealed with the whole being of MotherBaby, not a single part.
Spinning Babies is an approach to childbirth preparation like no other.
Mom's job is to dilate, but baby' s job is to rotate. When baby's job is easier, labor is easier for mother as well. Spinning Babies offers 3 Principles for any childbirth method to empower childbearing women.
Though the maternity provider is focused on cervical dilation, labor progress is often dependent on baby's rotation. To fit the pelvis, the baby often rotates, or spins around, to face mother's back--and does so whenever possible. Spinning Babies shows how to make rotation easier for the baby.
Spinning Babies is the active part of patience.
"I caught three babies in 24 hours and saved TWO from C/S with Spinning Babies techniques." -- Aszani Stoddard, CNM
Spinning Babies begins with a series of activities for Balancing the mother's body. When a mother's body is generally balanced, or symmetrical, and what I mean is that she doesn't have a misaligned pelvis or have super tight ligaments or muscles on one or both sides of her uterus.
Balance helps the baby aim into the pelvis more easily. Body balancing comes through body work and a woman's own activities.
"Thank you for all that you're doing to spread the word that babies can and do spin into more optimal positions for birth with a little well guided support!! You've positively changed the outcomes of many, many births and are a blessing in the lives of the families involved!"
Angel Phillips, CST, Blessing Way Bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy for Mother and Child
Spinning Babies also maintains the trust of birth through traditional midwifery skills for the long labor. This skills are being lost quickly around the world but not here!
Medical help is sometimes necessary, helpful, and occasionally life saving. I'm all for the cooperative, appropriate use of medical interventions. Our challenge, Granolas and Techies alike, is to know when intervention is appropriate. I expect that everyone is doing the best they can for the mother and child - especially the mother and child!
Spinning Babies never uses force or manipulation. Gentle techniques and movements can and do improve birth outcomes. Many of these techniques involve postures and activities a thoughtful pregnant woman will feel comfortable doing at home.
This is the website where we talk about fetal positioning. That means baby's position in the womb. A large minority of posterior and breech babies (but 100% of babies lying sideways in the womb in a Transverse Lie) may need surgery to get born.
Pregnant women will enjoy figuring out their baby's position over the course of a few evenings. There are pages here that can help you. If you're ready for more detail, you can purchase my Belly Mapping Workbook. Its a packed 48 pages with over 100 illustrations and photos showing you exactly how to tell your baby's position.
Tips on flipping a breech or coping with a posterior labor. Most pregnant women will be able to Belly Map by their 7th month. Buy a Belly Mapping Booklet today.
H B, doula, Chicago
How do you know whether your labor will be hard or easy?
Birth offers a spectrum of possibilities. The unusual variations are on either end of a bell-shaped statistical curve. For instance, its unusual to have a super-easy posterior or to truly need a cesarean for a posterior baby.
Most posterior babies rotate in labor (Lieberman, Gardberg). Yet, too many women are given cesareans for a posterior baby because no one there knew what to do to help the baby rotate.
Spinning Babies has a plan for moving women towards the easier side of the bell curve. Spinning Babies may just be the rainbow in the storm of confusing labor challenges. Let's look at the spectrum and where you might find yourself on it.
Did Spinning Babies help your birth journey?
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