Several nurses have taken Spinning Babies classes over the years. Nurses all along the East Coast are especially interested, as cesarean rates are high there, and many nurses still want to support women in easier recoveries and more empowering birth experiences (in general). One nurse is all it takes to begin the changes to protect the course of a birth. One nurse is all it takes to change a woman's life through the birth of her baby. One nurse writes:
Thought I'd share another success story with you.
1st time mama 41 2/7 came in for induction with an unfavorable cervix. She had cytotec all day, then cervadyl overnight with min change to 1 cm so she was sent home to come back 2 days later. I talked in great length with her about getting her baby in a good position (I thought it was OP.) [My note, its not always easy to tell.]
When she came back, she wasn't my patient but the nurse that had her was open to my suggestions as she was making very slow progress (1 cm every 2-3 hrs & the baby was still -2) she was 5 cm with an epi[dural anesthesia] at this point. So we did the pelvic floor balancing on the side of the bed. Rolled back & forth every 15 min & 2 hours later she was complete & +1. She pushed 45 min & delivered a healthy baby with a 5 cm caput on the left occiput! [Baby had been asynclitic]
Thanks for all you do! I can't tell you how many women have & will benefit from your teachings. To those of us who have had unnecessary c/s it means a lot!
A rare peek into Labor and Delivery
This setting could be any hospital in the US--but not any nurse! She wants to be anonymous because she is talking about the privacy of, not only a birth, but of the workings of the Labor and Delivery culture. I've taken her name out of the story.
[She] has used the side-lying release, also called pelvic floor balancing, because of what it does. Use the side-lying release when labors have a long stall, baby is not engaged, or the baby is low but asynclitic. Here she helped another nurse help this mother with the side-lying release and then helped her change position every 15 minutes. The birthing mother needs help moving when she has an epidural since her legs and hips are numb and don't respond much, if any.
What may have happened here
This baby hadn't engaged well as labor entered active phase based on the description that mom was 5 cm and baby was -2 station, meaning 2 cm above the midpelvis or ischial spines (0 station). Lack of engagement when labor starts (whether naturally or by artificial means) is a high risk for cesarean section as time goes on and the baby doesn't enter the pelvis even with strong contractions. We must do something to help most babies enter the pelvis at this point. If they can't get into the pelvis they would have to be born by cesarean surgery. Here was a quick technique with a quick result.
The Nurse to the rescue!
Well, [Nurse], you say they are my teachings; Glory to God. Also, I learned this from Carol Phillips, DC, and pass it on in my workshops and Carol teaches this in her workshops.
The picture here is of this release from one of my workshops. We're using three chairs, which we wouldn't do in a real labor. [The nurse] used the side of the firm hospital bed. Both sides MUST be done to protect the balance of the pelvic floor. Other muscles are 'released' also, so we often call this the sidelying release, so as not to exclude those muscles.
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.