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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.

Spinning Babies also maintains the trust of birth through traditional midwifery skills for the long labor.

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? -Doesn't sound very nice. Sounds, kind of, like juggling kittens. --  Andrea Millage, Minnesota.

 

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.

Spinning Babies offers a way to reduce birth complications due to fetal malposition.

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.

 

 

Spinning Babies extends the concepts of Optimal Fetal Positioning. OFP is a break-through concept in childbirth. Read the description of Optimal Fetal Positioning and praise for the midwife/childbirth educator duo who began it on my Optimal Fetal Positioning article.

 

"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."

Warmly,
H B, doula, Chicago

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Announcing!

A co-venture video experience with Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga! Coming Soon!

Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials Video

Sarah Longacre and Gail Tully present a Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga collaboration in a three video series for pregnant women preparing for easier childbirth through body balancing, maternal positioning and yoga.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. 

 

Daily Essentials includes tips for using Maternal Positioning around the house. Actual scenes in the bedroom, living room and even the bathroom. 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.

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).

See how to do these birth preparation techniques.

A companion to 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 Creation of the Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class, due Dec 2013

The section on labor discusses two labor patterns- the one "promised" in other books and the unexpected one associated with the posterior labor. Learn techniques to help baby through the pelvis.

Empowering with practical skills.

Filmed in Minneapolis at Everday-Miracles Pregnancy Center.  This video is all Spinning Babies.

 

 

Blooma

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 to the exquisite music of Carin Vagle.  Sarah's affirmations will carry you through labor with emotional strength and encouragement. Bring your hormones into harmony with the day. Cool down at night with a sleep enhancing stretch before bed. This video is all Blooma! Blooma's AM/PM Yoga

 


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 April 2014; for Spinning Babies Parent Class, Fall 2014.