About all classes
What are the workshops like? Gail Tully, The Spinning Babies Lady, offers workshops for parents and birth workers online and in person.
- Spinning Babies
- Belly Mapping and painting
- Resolving Shoulder Dystocia
- Breech Update (for the public and/or providers)
Descriptions, CEU information and cancellation/refund policies below.
Spinning Babies Workshop
- Optimal Foetal Positioning (OFP) -how fetal position effects labor.
- Compare OA & OP labors to signs of "Baby really won't fit"
- Spinning Babies for the doula scope of practice
- Spinning Babies techniques
- When interventions are necessary
- Useful electronic handouts (print and bring your handouts)
- ACNM CEUs (DONA and Cappa accepts these, too), 7-hours
- Workshop hours: 8:30-5:00 pm
goes Beyond Optimal Fetal Positioning with the 3 Principles of Balance, Gravity and Movement. We look at the effects of posterior position on pregnancy and labor, and practice activities for pregnancy comfort, optimal fetal positioning, cesarean avoidance and labor progress. A new view at easing birth.
The morning explores possible causes of fetal malpositioning, what to do in pregnancy to over come such causes. We often have a pregnant model to help us see the techniques in action.
The afternoon explores effects on labor and involves analyzing labor patterns and practicing several techniques for such patterns.
Pictures above, Dr. B's office by Atlanta's IntheMoment; Julie by Teresa Howard, Atlanta, GA; Claudia and Muneera by www.patiencesalgado.com birth and soul photography in Richmond, VA
"... I was blessed to attend Gail’s “Spinning Babies” and “Shoulder Dystocia” workshops when she came to our hometown, Eugene, Oregon! We had the events at my friend Anita Rojas’ birth center with the lovely hospitality of Anita and the midwives there.
I learned so very much from Gail. She is a fountain of information which she presents well with models and videos to help us understand what we cannot see within a mother’s body. She spices her presentation with birth stories to illustrate the points. We learned how the baby makes her way down and out and how it involves the mom’s bones, muscles and ligaments. There are dystocias that can happen just from the round ligament! The mom’s body and this process are so amazing. God is brilliant!
Besides these marvelous events, Gail and I got to get Vietnamese food together. If you come to town that is where we will go to lunch! Gail and I talked about our calling, how we got into this amazing field and our journey while in it, along with our birth plans for the future. Much to my joy, these future plans involve us working together. We talked about our families and life, philosophies, ideas and ideals. You know how it is when two midwives get together? We could have talked until midnight! Come join us in Harrisburg where we will have the chance to talk until midnight! — Jan Tritten" Midwifery Today
On returning home from this study day on Friday night, my current client had e-mailed me to say her baby was breech. They had only just realized even though she was 38 weeks last Thursday. I sent her a link to Spinning Babies website and we talked on Sunday about the different exercises as she had been offered a ECV Monday afternoon and she wanted to make more room for the baby. I've just had an e-mail from her and when the scanned her before the ECV, the baby was HEAD DOWN!!!! WOWOWOWOWOW!!!! I'm SO pleased for her and really excited about putting what I learned Friday into practice already and getting results!!
Belly Mapping, Empowering a Mother to Identify Fetal Positioning (1 ½ hours) Belly Mapping (1 ½ -2 ½ hours) includes Belly Painting and community building. How to Belly Map for parents and providers. This is a fun session for all!
Breech Update (only the 3 hour morning session is open to pubic, the 2 hrs in the pm continues for baby catchers only) Breech Update as a morning session or a separate evening session open to everyone as it doesn’t involve hands-on practice. Through slides and video explore current practice changes, birth, and parent and provider interviews. An uplifting and powerful message on the upcoming revolution in breech birthing.
Belly Mapping An evening Belly Mapping and Painting presentation for parents. This fun and photogenic evening delights pregnant parents and gives them a unique tool for prenatal bonding and proactive childbirth preparation. The day-time Spinning Babies participants may stay to lead couples through the pregnancy Balancing activities learned that morning. Belly Mapping follows Spinning Babies in the same location on the night before or evening after (no packing up of props between workshops). Spinning Babies participants may attend Belly Mapping without cost.
Gail Tully, developed Spinning Babies and Belly Mapping to empower parents and professionals. The Spinning Babies workshop is for the provider.
90-minutes. This is a 30-minute presentation for parents (and their doulas) on how to find their own fetal position with the 3-steps of Belly Mapping. One hour of painting, with tips on fetal positioning for the needs of those present.
This is a fun add-on to the Spinning Babies Workshop, 6:30-8:30 on the same evening. The Spinning Babies participants, our new "Baby Spinners," will be there to help parents try out the pregnancy "balancing" activities and learn about the local birth scene.
Personal attention, Q and A, palpation and explanations. Possible chance for women to have their babies painted on their bellies as time allows (15 minutes per belly is typical). Belly Mapping is only offered in conjunction with other workshops when Gail is traveling, or can be found locally in Mpls/St. Paul at some of the Baby Fairs or at Blooma Yoga.
(An intro to Belly Mapping for providers is included in the Spinning Babies Workshop. Painting is not offered in the Spinning Babies Workshop. )
Belly painting isn't officially part of Belly Mapping, but mothers are requesting that it be!
Once a mother has finished Belly Mapping you can apply what you see on her Belly Map to paint the actual position of the baby on a pregnant woman's abdomen. Its a fun bonding experience for the mother - and the painter!
Gail also offers Midwifery level workshops:
- Resolving Shoulder Dystociaas a 3-hr, or 5-hour option.
- Breech Update for Midwives, 6 hour, with hands-on practice in the afternoon.
- Electronic handouts are common. If you receive them in your email, please print them for your use. If electronic handouts are provided, then they will not be available to you at the workshop. This arrangement helps Gail keep the costs down and reduces travel stress. The handouts will be available to students online soon.
Either workshop may follow a Spinning Babies Workshop in a 3-hour version. Or, if you want both, follow Spinning Babies with RSD and Breech Update as a full second day for baby catchers (birth care providers).
Resolving Shoulder Dystocia (3 hours, 3 MEAC CEUs) lecture, video clips, and practice with a doll and manikin, or doll and pelvic box. From Gaskin to FlipFLOP, McRoberts and PAC Pull, find how to pick the right technique for each type of shoulder dystocia. Dress comfortably because we practice on the floor.Sorry, no doulas or parents at RSD.
Resolving Shoulder Dystocia
For midwives and L & D nurses. Doctors welcome! Removing the fear from Shoulder Dystocia with physiological solutions suited to the female upper body strength. Traditional and current methods of resolution. FlipFLOP and PAC Pull, McRoberts and Suprapubic. Learn why the arm wraps around a baby's back and how to get the posterior arm out without breaking bones. Reduce brachial plexus and other injuries. You will learn and you will succeed! My practice models are old, but are enhanced with a foam pelvic insert that adds a touch of reality. Five types of shoulder dystocia and you will learn to recognize them and resolve each type as well as see real birth footage.
When Gail travels to offer a Spinning Babies Workshop to doulas and childbirth educators (we're all childbirth educators on some level), then she likes to gather with the local midwives and present this workshop. This is appropriate for out-of-hospital or in-hospital birthing. RSD is not appropriate for parents, doulas or other non-providers because learning this and then not being able to use these more gentle, though at times more effective methods, at a shoulder dystocia is reported by doulas to be emotionally traumatic. See aspiring apprentice Sara's request on http://spinningbabies.com/spinning-babies-and/resolving-shoulder-dystocia
Check out the Resolving Shoulder Dystocia Video
Breech Update for Midwives
The basics of physiological breech birthing. Signs of a safe breech vs. signs of dystocia, when is it too late for transport, upright breech benefits, resolving breech shoulder dystocia and head entrapment. Does “hands-off-the-breech” really mean us? When presented as a full day class, the morning may combine with the public breech class. The afternoon for providers includes practice (low tech!) and in depth discussion of complications. Gail has learned from many breech experts all over the world in classes in 3 continents. She has handled the emergencies she presents in her class. 6 hrs, ACNM has awarded .6 CEUs.
A 3-hr RSD or breech update can be booked for 6:30 pm of the same date of Spinning Babies. Whereas, 3-hr RSD and 6-hr Breech Update can be booked for the following day (not previous) and in the same location of the Spinning Babies Workshop. Hosting can be by the same or another sponsor.
Canceling a workshop when you are at a birth
Commonly asked questions about the Spinning Babies Workshops
Q: How do I get a workshop in my area? A: Please read my page on sponsoring a workshop.
Q: Where is the next Spinning Babies Workhop? A: Please look at my events calendar.
Q: What does the workshop cost? A: Prices vary with location, venue, and sponsoring agency. Please look at the events calendar and/or the registration link for the cost.
Q: I received electronic handouts in my email. Will there be printed handouts for me to pick up at the workshop? A: No, if you received electronic handouts in the email, the workshop sponsor will NOT also provide printed handouts. Please print a set of handouts to bring with you.
Q: Is there certification involved? A: You will get a certification of attendance, its not like being a certified Spinning Babies presenter or certified "Baby Spinner" however... That level of knowledge is much too involved to learn in one workshop, or even a week. Your certification of attendance is proof of the contact hours for the workshop. If you are certified by NARM, or your certifiying organization will accept the ACNM and MEAC CEUs, such as DONA or CAPPA, then you may apply these contact hours to your recertification. Those of you yet to certify as a CPM midwife or doula can only use the certification of attendance as part of your curriculum Vitae (CV).
Q: Is the workshop the same as the website? A: No. But you will recognize the terms and techniques.
Q: May I bring my baby/child? A: Babies under 3 months are fine to attend.
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.