Praise for Belly Mapping
"...unique and fun,
"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. http://PennySimkin.com
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."
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.
"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 http://pregnancy.about.com
"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!"
"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
"Just had to thank you for your work on SpinningBabies.com 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!"
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.
A co-venture video experience with Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga! Coming Soon!
Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials 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.
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 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 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.