Minneapolis Doula, Liz Hochman, shares this delightful story of her immediate use of what she learned that same night! I'd asked Liz to share the story with the DONA Speaker Selection Committee hoping they'll pick me for the 2012 conference line up. Its such a sweet letter, and educational, that I am sharing it with you here. Follow up, DONA selected Sarah Longacre and I to present on The Doula in the New Frontier, Chidlbirth Education on the Yoga Mat. However, Midwives Aliance of North America selected Gail to give her topic at their 2012 Asilomar Conference.
I desperately wanted to know more! Why did this work? How could this work? When to do these techniques and when to proceed normally? Fast forward a few months and my local Childbirth Collective, that I am an active member of, decided to host Gail Tully for one of our free Parent Topic Nights, dedicating the whole evening to Intro to Spinning Babies. [Gail’s note: I’m the founder and local so I do present without charge for short Collective events!] I encouraged all of my clients to attend and two of them did come with their partners.
Gail's presentation style is engaging and informative to say the least. This was the first time I was fortunate enough to watch Gail speak on the issues of asyncliticism and fetal positioning. Her visual aids alone are so helpful for the visual learners in the group. My client afterwards said, “it was so much easier to understand when she used all of the props.”
What I especially enjoy about Gail is that she is approachable in her steady and easy way. Each mother she talks to seems to walk away beaming. My client said, “I felt like she gave me permission to trust my instincts on where my baby is.” As a newer doula I was intimidated at the prospect of asking questions or talking with Gail until I actually reached out to her and was so pleasantly surprised. She gives you the distinct feeling that you have something to bring to the table. That this is a collaboration of learning instead of an 'expert' instructing you on their findings.
Only mere hours after both my client and I watched Gail's presentation I got the call at 3:30AM from my client saying her water had just broke. She spent the morning easily laboring at home until she asked me to join her. When I saw her I observed that she was working hard with her contractions now 3 minutes apart. She complained of pain in both her back and sometimes her hip. When she decided to go to the hospital she was checked and was 9 ½ cm. The midwife did say though that the baby was asynclitic and posterior, but also very low (+1/+2).
Since my client had the information so newly with her she looked at me and we knew exactly what to do. I proceeded to use the Rebozo as Gail had showed us the night before where the mom is lying on her back propped with pillows under her sacrum in the hopes of giving us enough room to re-engage the baby in a way that would be more aligned. Then we followed with lunges and thepelvic floor release during 3 contractions on each side. A small gush happened during one of the lunges and the midwife checked again telling us that the asyncliticism was gone and baby was now LOP [left occiput posterior]! This Mama had a vaginal birth with no tearing only a short time after this check.
I can not sing Gail's praises enough! I urge you to grant Gail the platform to educate on fetal positioning and asyncliticism at the DONA conference. I know more than a few doulas that would be happily anticipating her session.
Liz Hochman CD(DONA)
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.