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Belly Painting at Baby Expo

Belly Mapping and painting fun at the Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo 2012

Our video montage was lovingly created by Brook Walsh

About the Belly Mapping Booklet

The all new Belly Mapping Workbook

Its amazing to recognize just how your baby is lying in your womb!

     "...unique and fun," says Dr. Sarah Buckley.      


"I loved the little illustrations and I enjoyed thinking and being able to tell in what position my baby was at any time."-Alex, Canada


“...Gail Tully combines her unique gifts of clinical expertise, experience, creativity, sensitivity, intuition, original thinking, and wisdom to solve the mysteries of the baby’s position in utero.

    She shows pregnant women and their caregivers a variety of clues that reveal the baby’s position and how to put them all together to create a picture of the baby inside. She also suggests many ways for a pregnant or laboring woman to create favorable conditions for her baby to find its way into and through her pelvis and be born.  Gail’s work deserves the attention and study of the scientific community, since fetal position is a major determinant of labor progress and mode of birth...”


--Penny Simkin, PT, author of The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions, and co-author of “Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide”, The Labor Progress Handbook.

Read a review by Min Yi Su at Midwifery Today


"Belly Mapping's unique and fun approach helps you to connect to your body and your baby in pregnancy,  and gives powerful techniques to create ease in labour and birth."

--Dr. Sarah J Buckley, GP/family physician
Author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering



"Belly Mapping is essential reading for all pregnant woman and their partners.  Full of insights and exercises to enhance your connection and prepare you and your baby for an optimal, safe and  satisfying birth experience.    As a doula trainer I Highly recommend Belly Mapping to all birth professionals. Gail Tully’s experience and wisdom opens our eyes to the intimate mother- baby connection and how posture and positions can help mother’s and babies to have an easier labor and birth."

Debra Pascali-Bonaro
DONA International Doula Trainer
Lamaze International Childbirth Educator
Director, Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret
Co-Author – Orgasmic Birth, Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience




Inside The Belly Mapping Workbook:

  • 48 pages, spiral bound, laminated cover
  • Fully illustrated with many drawings and black and white photos
  • With a cool transparency to help you find your baby's position on the Fetal Compass Rose
  • Several places to write or draw your own "Belly Map" to record your journey
  • Additional breech and twins sections
  • What to do in pregnancy and labor for Optimal Fetal Positioning with Spinning Babies Techniques
  • Maternity House's New Invention, the  Glossodex (glossary and index), and
  • Over 30 References to make Belly Mapping a useful education tool for childbirth educators, doulas and providers.



"Gail - got the workbooks on Monday - fabulous job! Thanks for putting this production together - love it!! My head is spinning - ha ha!" Susan Martensen, Birth & Beginnings, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), Doula Trainings, Ottawa, Canada This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text32687+'<\/a>'; //-->  

"Just received my book Gail - great job!  Will share it with everyone I can and encourage others to get one of their own.  Take care." - Crystal S., Doula and Childbirth Educator




"Belly Mapping is a wonderfully intimate way for mothers to help connect with her baby in the womb as well as have a sense of baby's position. The information found in this slim volume will make a world of difference in your comfort for pregnancy and birth."

 -Robin Elise Weiss, BA, CLC, ICCE-CPE, CD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE Guide to Pregnancy/Birth



"Gail Tully’s book, Belly Mapping, is a unique resource for both expectant parents and their caregivers.  The greater portion of the book is given to helping parents identify their baby’s position in the uterus by palpating, or feeling the baby’s body by pressing the hands on the abdomen.  Parents learn to keep a diagram of the baby’s position changes, and to recognize when those changes occur.  The greatest value of the book, however, is in understanding how the position of the baby affects the course of labor, and in maternal posture or movements that can help a baby move into the optimum position for an easier delivery.  All pregnant women should read this book, and all maternity care providers should become familiar with the techniques described by Ms Tully!"

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"Hooray for women getting to know their own bodies and their baby inside!  Gail Tully’s book, Belly Mapping, is a wonderful read for moms and dads, midwives, doctors, doulas, nurses and childbirth educators.  It gives solid ideas and directions that all readers can use to better understand and explain what is happening inside that wonderfully mysterious place we call the womb.  The tips for helping the baby get into the best position for birth are invaluable!  I am so glad Gail covers so many situations and gives concrete, easy to understand directions for all involved.  What a wonderful addition to any professional’s library and it is so user-friendly that a family can save it as a keepsake to track the journey of their pregnancy."

--Debbie Young, Immediate Past President of DONA International
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More Fun Testimonies



“We teach Belly Mapping in our Hypnobabies classes, using the invaluable Belly Mapping workbook from Spinning Babies. It allows our expectant students to learn how their babies are positioned, which helps them be proactive with positioning for a much easier birth. Our Hypnobabies Instructors are all thrilled when they receive the Belly Mapping Workbook as part of their Instructor Certification Package!”


Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CI

Founder/Director of Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis

(714) 952-BABY 


"Just had to thank you for your work on and your Belly Mapping Workbook which I just received in the mail!  I am a doula, childbirth educator and former midwifery student (left midwifery to have more children... just found out we are expecting #6!).  I recently referred my cousin to your site as she had a breech baby at 32 weeks.  Within 24 hours of following your techniques, that baby turned!  We are so thankful!  This information is a joy!  I first discovered Optimal Fetal Positioning several years ago and it changed how I support birthing women (and how I approach my own births). 

Spinning Babies completes that information beautifully!" 

Julie-Anne Mauno
Ramore, Ontario, Canada 






 Printing with local Jessen Press.


The Belly Mapping Workbook is produced with an effort towards environmental sensitivity.

The companies that I printed with, follow environmentally conscientious practices. Let's keep trying harder to reduce waste and eliminate chemical pollution.

Jessen Press in Saint Louis Park, MN uses soy ink for all their work. Any excess ink is sold as biofuel and no ink gets washed down the drain.

Jessen is a family owned, local business. Mark Jessen and his family regularly donate to a program that helps African communities with clean drinking water and help for economic stability during these drought - and AIDS - stricken times. 


 Please let me know how your booklets are when they arrive so I can adjust our mailers if I need to.







Belly Mapping article

fetal compass roseBelly Mapping lets a pregnant woman discover her baby's position for herself   - during the last trimester of pregnancy. Tell your story on Belly Mapping on Facebook.

 Click here to go to the entire Baby Positions section for details on fetal positions. Have fun bonding or take it further for proactive preparation for birth with fetal positioning.

Read more: Belly Mapping article