Mom's job is to dilate, but baby' s job is to rotate. If we can help baby's job be easier, we can make labor easier for the mother as well. The 3 Principles, Balance, Gravity, and Movement can be applied to any childbirth method, whether managed or physiological to empower today's childbearing women.
Spinning Babies recognizes that, though the maternity provider is focused on the mother's dilation, labor progress is often dependent on baby's rotation. To fit the pelvis better, the baby's job is to rotate, or spin around. to face mother's back whenever possible. This website teaches mother's and their helpers how to make rotation easier for the baby. Spinning Babies is the active part of patience.
"I caught three babes in 24 hours and saved TWO from C/S with Spinning Babies techniques." -Aszani Stoddard, CNM with a hospital practice.
Spinning Babies begins with a series of activities for Balancing the mother's body. When a mother's body is generally symmetrical, and what I mean is that she doesn't have a misaligned pelvis or have super tight ligaments or muscles on one side of her uterus. Symmetry helps the baby aim into the pelvis more easily. Body balancing comes through body work and a woman's own activities. Spinning Babies also maintains the trust of birth through traditional midwifery skills for the long labor. Sometimes medical help is 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. My website expects that everyone is doing the best they can for the mother and child - especially the mother and child!
Spinning Babies hopes to prevent common problems from malpositions of the baby's head with the 3 Principles of Balance, Gravity, and Movement in the most physiologically sound manner practical.
But, because a large minority of posterior and breech babies (and 100% of babies lying sideways in the womb in a Transverse Lie) may need surgery to get born, Spinning Babies Website presents a way to help you reduce complications due to fetal malposition.
Fetal positions defined. Read the Anatomy of Spinning Babies.
Spinning Babies starts with Balance as the first Principle of Spinning Babies.
Optimal Fetal Positioning begins with gravity-friendly, maternal positioning to open the pelvic brim. Gravity is Spinning Babies' second principle.
"You are a treasure, Gail. I use your website at so many births (I seem to attract these malpositioned babies). I've sent you a paypal donation before and will again. Who knows how many labors were shortened by hours because of the information on Spinning Babies."
H B, doula, Chicago
A co-venture video experience with Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga! Coming Soon!
Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials For Pregnancy Video.
Together Sarah Longacre, international prenatal yoga instructor and birth doula, and Gail Tully, yours truly, created a unique instructional video for flexibility and comfort in pregnancy and to support better fetal positioning in time for birth.
Here are daily activities for stretching and balancing a pregnant body. Start early in pregnancy to prepare to make the most space for baby's best birth position and the most ease for mother's opening during the birth process.
We begin the program for women of average flexibility (or just plain stiff to start with) and beginner tips. But soon, you'll be ready to move freely! That's when Sarah brings the stretches all together into her easy to follow, playful, sensual, and flowing "Blooma Style" daily routine.
Sarah's "dance of opening," moves joints and ligaments to come alive under the delightful melody and percussions of Carin Vagle. This isn't about core strength; its about freedom of movement and creating space in the body.
Sarah plays along with Gail's little game of "Flashlight" to show pregnant women how to evaluate their own posture and positions. Smart Maternal Positioning helps baby snuggle their backs into the front of the womb for Optimal Fetal Positioning.
The Daily Essentials For Pregnancy includes tips for using Maternal Positioning around the house. Actual scenes in the bedroom, living room -and even the bathroom- gives practical instruction like no other video. You will be sleeping more comfortably immediately when using these tips. Within a week or two many pregnancy discomforts of the pelvis and lower back may be reduced when all these nurturing techniques are integrated into your daily lifestyle. Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga-- a natural collaborative!
Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class.
Soon pregnant parents around the world can take a Spinning Babies class from their own monitor! Join six couples as they learn the reason why Spinning Babies works and how it can enhance your labor and birth.
See techniques to do daily or weekly. Actual, real consultations with two couples right at our class location, one with a breech baby (head up) and one with a baby in a transverse lie (lying sideways).
Couples do the techniques together and show you how to do these at home.
Used alone or with the Daily Essentials, Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class goes beyond the basics. Simple props show complex concepts sweetly. Little-known anatomy is linked to childbirth and the role of fetal positioning.
The section on labor discusses two labor patterns- the one "promised" in other books and the unexpected one associated with the posterior labor. Learn the common causes of long labor and techniques to help baby through the pelvis.
Be empowered; be prepared. After using this video throughout your pregnancy, while we can't promise, of course, you may not need the tips for labor progress. You can use that knowledge to help your neighbor. This video is all Spinning Babies.
Blooma Yoga Prenatal Yoga for AM and PM.
Warm up in the morning and cool down in the evening in two 30-minute sequences. Sarah Longacre shares her own blossoming pregnancy, Blooma style, to the exquisite music of Carin Vagle. Sarah's affirmations will carry you through labor with emotional strength and encouragement. Play this video when the others become too basic and you just want to dance and have fun. Wait, dance? Isn't this yoga? With Blooma and Carin Vagle, your spirit won't know the difference. Soar to greater freedom of movement. Bring your hormones into harmony with the day. Begin your day with serious play. Cool down at night with a sleep enhancing stretch before bed. This video is all Blooma!
Sarah's video is ready for you now! Get Blooma's AM/PM Yoga here
All three videos are professionally produced by Melissa Koch of Grey Duck Productions, with stills by Tanya Villano Photography, each of these three videos are dynamic on their own. Together they will enhance your pregnancy and labor experience with fun and empowerment in the most practical manner. Feel hope for your birth abilities, this is support for your journey. Gain the confidence and flexibility to fully bloom. I believe these videos carry the potential to bring your best birth dreams into the gentle reality.
Compassionately priced. Estimated Due Date for Daily Essentials March 2014; for Spinning Babies Parent Class, Fall 2014.