Spinning Babies© and other workshops for 2014 will be selected in Sept. 2013. A midwest road trip is being planned for summer 2014, Chicago, St. Louis, and a few others. Include features of possible venues with AV and space as described below, and know their cost and reservation process so you aren't taken by surprise later.
I can say yes to only a few requests. Here is what you would want to know if you were to host a Spinning Babies, Belly Mapping©, or Resolving Shoulder Dystocia© Workshop.
- How long is your workshop? Spinning Babies is 7 hrs. other range 3-6 hours.
- Will you have CEU's available? 6 MEAC CEUs and .7ACNM CEUs.
- How much does it cost normally? Email Gail @ Sp..... com
- What do we need to supply for you? Explained below.
- Will you be bringing your workbook for purchase or does it come with the course? Spinning Babies includes the workbook. Some classes will receive handouts are sent through email as an electronic version.
- What is the smallest number you will do a class for at one time? 16, 24 if not in Minneapolis
- What is the largest number who can attend the class at one time? 30-40 depending on the room.
- What size room do you need? Very large, open, carpeted. See more below.
- Do I need to fill anything out? I'll send a contract to sponsors.
- Does taking your class mean that I will be certified? No. A Certification of Attendance is given or sent later.
What are the Spinning Babies Workshops?
- Spinning Babies: Labor Progress through Fetal Positioning (6 MEAC CEUs, .7 ACNM CEUs)
- Belly Mapping, Empowering a Mother to Identify Fetal Positioning (1 ½ hours)
- Resolving Shoulder Dystocia(3 or 5 hrs, Midwives/Apprentices, Physicians, L & D nurses only)
- Breech Update (morning open to all, afternoon continues for providers only, 6 ACNM CEUs).
Thank you for helping to bring Spinning Babies Workshops to your area.
"Very good workshop.. My mind is pretty much blown. I really want my co-workers to attend this workshop." - A. Young, former L and D nurse, California
The Workshop details
Gail requests an hour to set up before each workshop with your help. Seating is in a semi-circle. We need room for practice all around the room!
Spinning Babies Workshop 8:30-4:30 with a 90-min. lunch break from 12-1:30.
24 participants minimum and 30 maximum.
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. See notes about picking a pregnant volunteer for the pregnancy techniques from 10:15-12 noon.
Resolving Shoulder Dystocia (3 hours, 3 MEAC CEUs, OR 5 hours, 5 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.
Breech Update for all is 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. 3 hrs, no CEUs.
Breech Update for Midwives (Gail is not a breech expert but this is very clear info.) 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.
An evening workshop may follow a Spinning Babies Workshop at 6:30 pm.
An all-day (5-hr) RSD or 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. BEST option? Spinning Babies first, and RSD and Breech next!
What you learn at Spinning Babies helps you understand Shoulder Dystocia better, what you learn at RSD helps you understand how to free the breech shoulder dystocia. One workshop builds on the next.
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!
Please contact Gail with any questions or suggestions for making your workshop experience fun, useful and bonding for your group or program.
Gail Tully, CPM
10545 Humboldt Ave So
Bloomington, MN 55431-3118
Contact hours provided.
Gail provides MEAC CEUs (continuing education units). Gail will send the required documentation when other CEUs/CMEs are desired and obtained by the sponsor.
Cost to bring the Workshop(s)
There are two ways to have a workshop; as a sponsor or as a hostess.
Each type will book the room, communicate frequently through email with Gail and her community to fill the class and answer participants’ questions, set up refreshments, seating, and help with AV equipment and easel/whiteboard.
Pre-registration with you as the Sponsor – Option A
You or your group sponsorship includes your logo on Spinning Babies Website event page. The sponsor sets the registration fee. The sponsor keeps any profit over Gail’s fees. The sponsor is responsible to pay the honoraria for Gail’s workshops, airfare, and provide ground transportation to workshop(s) from the airport and lodging. Sponsor arranges and pays one night hotel stay for each partial or full day; or arranges a private room in a non-smoking home very near the workshop. Airfare is paid for by sponsor, unless Gail is already there. Payment is made the day of the workshop by check, cash or PayPal. The sponsor keeps any profit or pays any difference. No minimum, 30 max. Sponsor has the right to offer scholarships but Gail sets the price. Check with Gail before exceeding the 30 participant maximum.
Honoraria(Speaker’s fee) paid by the sponsor who takes registrations. Email gail for particulars.
- One day of presentation(s): fee plus one night at a hotel.
- Day and Evening-- RSD or Breech Update is offered that evening (same or separate sponsor) and in the same location: fee plus 2 nights hotel room.
- Two-day (2 full days, can be same workshop twice or 3 different workshops in the same room), the fee plus 2 nights of accommodations (hotel or home).
- Two days in two different locations? Fee is for one day workshop for each day.
A pre or Post-Spinning Babies Belly Mapping for the public (parents and others) can be added for a fee per each participating pregnant woman/couple/care provider. Book is included in the fee.
The hotel room must be in the same hotel as the workshop when held in a hotel, or nearby if not. Nonsmoking, please. An iron will be needed if you don’t want to see me in wrinkles.
Pre-registration with Gail, with you as the Hostess – Option B
When Gail handles registrations, the hostess doesn’t pay an honorarium, but still fulfills the hosting duties such as arranging ground transportation, lodging and refreshments. Gail pays up to a set amount, so check with her before purchasing. If the class isn’t 2/3 full within 3-4 weeks prior Gail will cancel and refund the participants. Minimum pre-registration is 16-24, maximum class size varies, plan for 30. A hostess receives 2 seats and has no financial responsibilities.
Size of Workshop
Plan a workshop with 26-30 registrants. More people need more room! The room must be large enough to accommodate a semi-circle (3-4 rows are ok). We’ll need space to try out the movements on the floor near the seating, not a separate room. Semi-circle seating is very important for Gail’s teaching style. We may have 2-3 massage tables as well, with room to walk around them easily. See room map.
If Gail is giving a lecture without hands-on practice time other seating arrangements will be fine. A lecture can have as many people as comfortably cared for.
For all workshops we need an easel and large pad of paper or white board and table. Except Belly Mapping, a large screen tv with computer plug in, DVD player, or a projector that can be hooked-up to my old MacBook Pro laptop.
Before Booking a Location
Please let me know about the location before booking it. I’ll want to know that the room is large, clean, carpeted, private and we have good AV. A waiting room of a birth center would have to be big enough & private… photos appreciated!
Things to consider about location to make your workshop a success:
Is the location in or near a favorite hospital or a regular doula or midwife meeting place? (Consider a conference room if it is large, private, carpeted, clean, centrally located, and free. Are doulas and midwives meeting there already?)
Is the actual site easy to access with off-street/free parking?
Can the hostess and Gail arrive at 7 am to set up, or the night before?
Set up and clean up: Gail needs 1 hr with help before class /1 hr after class in the room. ( ~7 am to 5:30 pm.)
Gail’s Travel and Accommodations
Gail will book and pay for travel when she is able to choose workshop times that match her travel pattern. Her talk must be in or near the same city as the airport or Interstate; exceptions might be made when travel and hotel are paid by the sponsor. If the sponsor brings Gail to her city, she'll pay airfare. Its affordable if she books a two day event.
Responsibilities of Workshop Organizer(s), hostess or sponsors
The organizer of the workshop takes care of the following:
Finding and securing a site with space for hands-on, and on-the-floor practice
Arranging for rental and/or set-up of audio-visual equipment, as needed.
Send Gail the signed and dated contract (Sponsors)
Send Gail the completed contact and location information form
Finding a volunteer pregnant woman (described on Task Timeline)
Acquiring 2-4 massage tables (Sp B & Belly Mapping classes only)
Setting out refreshments (coffee, teas, water, fruit, nuts, pretzels, eggs…)
Sending an email w/ cost, location, contact info; Ask Gail for a flyer if you like.
Emailing that flyer out to individuals and groups via email on a schedule
Sponsors who handle registration of participants will send Gail a class list!
Email out the confirmation letter that you get from Gail
And Gail’s electronic pdf. of the handouts to all registrants before class.
If you want printed handouts use Gail’s pdf to make one-sided, quality copies.
Applying for additional CEUs (continuing education Units) if desired.
Delegates two people (she can be one of them) to help sign-in participants
Help with the selling of Gail’s materials at the workshop before and after class
Finding and securing accommodations for Gail during her stay (see below)
And anything else that will ensure that the workshop will run smoothly.
Read the Spinning Babies Task Timeline.
Responsibilities of Gail:
A written and signed Memorandum of Agreement to sponsors (not hostesses) confirming the details of the “Responsibilities of Workshop Organizer(s)”
and of Gail as the presenter, sent once the date is confirmed
An agenda for the workshop, sent in advance of the workshop
Materials related to Gail’s presentation necessary for additional continuing education credit applications when requested, sent in advance of the workshop
Sending the flyer via email for email distribution and printing for you to post
Guidelines prepared by Gail to help you with planning budgets and timetables
An itinerary of Gail’s travel arrangements.
Send a pdf. of workshop handouts to sponsor; or, if hosted, the participants.
Gail is available, if desired, for interviews with local media. Workshops may be audio recorded. Photos are allowed. Videotaping is not allowed.
What to do next if you would like to sponsor a workshop
Please send Gail an email with all your contact information: Put your city name in the subject line, like this:
Minneapolis Spinning Babies. In the email include your full name and title, address and zip of all sponsor/hostess(e/s) and
sponsoring organization(s), the desired date(s) and workshop title(s). Later, send the name and address of venue, including
zip code and room number, and if applicable, the registration link/process.
Timeline for having a Spinning Babies Workshop
Here are the tasks for a successful Spinning Babies in your area.
___Begin publicity 4-6 months ahead, 2-4 mo.s is enough time for large cities.
___To assess interest, email your community. A potential host should hear 20 verbal confirmations for
Spinning Babies, 10 for RSD before booking––
___Agree on a date with Gail. Check local birth/parenting events to avoid conflicts.
___Send Gail the contact and location form for immediate publicity needs.
___Get a flyer from Gail and post copies at venue, etc. Send flyer pdf to email lists.
___Make a facebook event, and/or other social networks.
___Chat up the workshop on email list serves, forums, facebook, and twitter, now! = and again at
2 months, 1 month, 2 weeks, 1 week, 3 days and 1 day out.
___Personally invite doulas, midwives, CEs, yoga teachers, nurses, bodyworkers,
area doula trainers, and maternity centers.
___Email the flyer to these and others emailing you/your org. about any birth topics.
___Keep Gail updated on how registrations are coming in.
___Help people register when they can’t or don’t want to register online.
___Email, or see if Gail emailed, participants the confirmation letter listing what they should bring.
Gail will bring several Rebozos for use in class (not for sale, unfortunately).
___Get 2-4 massage tables. 1-2 participants may have a massage table or two.
___Invite a pregnant woman in her 38-42nd week who would like to participate in
Belly Mapping and pregnancy activities from 10:15 to noon.
___Double check on the site arrangements within the month of the workshop!
___Ask for the handouts in pdf. form (Acrobat) from Gail and print 2-3 more than
the number of registrants you have 2-3 days before the workshop.
___Day of workshop. Meet Gail at the location at 7 am. You’ll set up signs, tables,
chairs, sign in sheet, refreshments. Gail will set up her props; both on AV, easel.
___Greet participants and help with sign in, name tags. Take payments, as needed.
___Help after the session with book sales, clean up and collecting evaluations.
___Easy driving access to a major city and safe, off-street parking!
___Seating in a semi-circle facing a large, carpeted, open area. See photos.
___A table/pen at the entrance to sign in, fill out a name tag, get handouts.
___A table for Gail to set out and organize her many visual aids.
___A table to display and sell books.
___A TV/DVD player and monitor and/or Projector and white wall or screen.
Check with AV person to see that our cables match!
___Easel for a giant paper pad (vital). Gail usually brings the pad of paper.
___A table for your coffee (mornings), tea, and water and simple refreshments.
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.