Babies settle in the easiest position they can for birth.
In labor, they begin from that position to turn to rotate
through the pelvis... like a key unlocking the door.
Mother’s job is to dilate; Baby’s job is to rotate.
Easier rotation may mean an easier labor.
The ideal, or optimal, fetal position is head down with
baby's back to your front or left.
A good fetal position helps the cervix open more easily
and labor progress smoothly.
When babies start labor with the back of the head towards
mother's anterior (front) less rotation has to happen.A baby facing forward (posterior) or head up (breech)
Natural birth enthusiasts know the benefits of gravity and movement on labor progress.
But these aren't enough for some women. Sometimes, some of us need exercises to bring
the pelvis back into balance.
Balance is needed in the pelvis, the path to birth.
It doesn't have to be perfect, but we do see that untwisting the muscles along
the path so the baby can turn more easily and drop down through the pelvis in labor.
Everyone can use a little more balance.
But some of us need more balance, before and in labor, to help baby get head down and
The posterior, or sunny-side up, position, often means that babies have further to rotate.
A longer way to rotate can be associated with longer, and sometimes more painful labors.
Ok, sometimes. Sometimes babies Don't have to rotate and labor isn't longer.
a lot of myths about posterior babies. Back labor, for instance.
Posterior labor doesn't always mean labor is felt in the back.
On the other hand, some posterior labors will have back labor and could have more complications.
This website will show you how to reduce the time and pain associated with posterior labors.
You can help prevent a posterior labor.
You can help your
posterior baby rotate and
descend to fit your pelvis.
Breech birth is often feared in the USA. Breech birth is seen as dangerous and even deadly.
Both the bad press and the bad outcomes are more often due to a loss of training and
therefore dangerous practices in vaginal birth. When the rotation of the breech is protected
(with very specific hands-off approach little known in the US) safer outcomes are possible.
Both breech and posterior fetal positions can be born
by natural birth. Birth is more likely
when baby's chin is tucked and parents and
providers know when to
support rotation. And sometimes, accept a time to intervene.
Yet, all too many births are now managed with cesarean surgery.
Learn why some labors need to finish with a surgical
birth, but most don't.
Together, we can reduce the tide of surgical birth and return birth to the mother's own
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· You can learn about the Breech position (bottom or feet first), common before 30 weeks.
And, if your birth does require a cesarean finish, you will have done empowering things
to learn about your body and your baby. A year from now,
I hope you can reflect that you did everything you could to be aware, to grow, and to
become the mother you hoped to be. The most important thing is love.
Please give labor a chance.
Take the time to learn. Optimal Fetal Positioning is a rather new concept,
don't expect a doula, nurse or even your doctor or midwife to tell you "all" you need to know.
Explore this for yourself until you are content for your situation.
I think a wait-and-see approach reduces your chance to work with your body to
help your baby rotate and fit through the pelvis.
While many women can still have a straightforward, normal birth with a passive approach,
some women will find themselves irreversibly on the surgical table.
Women are designed for birth, but modern life presents challenges.
A large minority of birthing women (15-30% perhaps) may experience some type of
intervention because of their baby's position.
The spectrum of ease in giving birth ranges from the dream birth to the greatest challenge.
Most women will find that labor is good, rewarding work. Satisfaction increases with
knowledgeable support by loving, listening, and skilled birth attendants, especially with the
continuous presence of a doula.
I do believe we can trust birth. I believe we can enjoy labor. I did. I believe you can, too.
Yet if you find you need an intervention, cesarean, vacuum extraction, or medications,
I hope you feel you did all you could -without suffering- for a birth closest to nature possible.
This website seeks to reassure all birthing women, and the professionals and
paraprofessionals (doulas, childbirth educators) who help them,
regardless of how they "do birth."
That said, you will see my bias and my bias is birth.
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.