The Spinning Babies Workshop


Gail Tully at a Spinning Babies Workshop

Spinning Babies Workshop description


The dates and locations of all Gail's workshops are on the Classes and Events page


9 am to 4:30 pm, with a 12-1:30 lunch break (lunch on your own)

Each sponsor sets the registration fee.

.7 ACNM contact hours (CEUs)


This all-day workshop is for doulas, childbirth educators, midwives, labor and delivery nurses and physicians. What seemed obvious before class gets rearranged into a profound renovation of how you will ever think about labor progress again. You begin to associate these newly associated causative factors with labors those you have always wondered about. The spatial explanations and visual aids make the Spinning Babies Workshop so valuable.

The way Gail "connects the dots" helps the experienced provider recreate their birth services -and hopefully get more sleep as more of her labors will be faster and easier than before applying this approach to the pregnant and laboring women long before a transport or cesarean becomes the only way out.

In the morning, we will have a pregnant volunteer to show us a series of pregnancy activities.  You will have a chance to try the major techniques for fetal rotation with another participant in the class.

Dress for action. You will be moving and sometimes be on the floor. Bring a pillow, a birthing ball, a rebozo and your notebook. Bring your lunch or go out to a restaurant or the coop.

Whether you read the researchers that think fetal position is random or the researchers that find fetal position matters, these techniques shorten labors. You will see in your practice that these techniques help a good number of long labors, stalled labors and back labors.  

More than Optimal Fetal Positioning, you also find body balancing techniques, traditional midwifery perspectives, and the spirit of the doula!





Questions about Spinning Babies Workshops


Can I have a Spinning Babies Workshop in my town?

Gail has a limited schedule at this time. 2013 is full until November, one workshop (one flight) may be arranged for early December, depending on flight and sponsorship.

 Gail will be hosting online workshops to be available to answer the requests for more workshops. Those dates are also posted on the events page.



I often like to present a 3-hr workshop for the area midwives on Resolving Shoulder Dystocia the night before or after a Spinning Babies Workshop. See more info on that at the bottom of the Resolving Shoulder Dystocia page on this site.


Can I bring my baby?

Babies under three months are welcome when the mother and baby are well rested and happy. Four-month-old babies and older like to verbalize and can keep the audience more entertained than I can.

Seriously, though, others have come to hear the workshop. Mothers hear over their baby's talk, but others don't tune out babies as well. Please make arrangements for your children.


I haven't taken a doula training yet, can I come?

A doula training gives excellent beginning information that will make the Spinning Babies Workshop more valuable to the learner. This is not an "Introductory" level workshop.

Though there is a review of birth anatomy as it relates to Spinning Babies, a Childbirth education series would be very valuable before this workshop. Childbirth teachers that attend an occasional birth will be able to follow the workshop material and understand the gist of application.

Birth experience is the best teacher. Less experience means you will understand less of the material presented. Prepare yourself by knowing anatomy of birthing, fetal positioning, stages of labor, modern obstetrical interventions and why they are used, and natural birth as well as epidural use and cesarean. Additionally, you can browse the Spinning Babies Website. 


I'm a parent, can I come? 

Sometimes a pregnant woman or couple comes who have had a long or otherwise difficult previous labor due to a baby's posterior presentation. They realize that they will not 'get' most of the workshop but will get the techniques and general ideas of when to use them. Some find a bit of closure when their own labor pattern situation is described. A bit of birth detective play might be possible in some classes, but not others. (Each class has a personality and a few become less focused (chatty) and more process oriented.) If you really want to come to an all day workshop, please email Gail and let her know you want to come.


I'm a nurse, can I come?

Its particularly fun for a group of Labor and Delivery nurses to come together, or have your hospital sponsor a workshop. Feedback shows that these techniques are raising the nurse's confidence in helping active, birthing women at their hospitals. I love the interactions and "cross cultural" enrichment of bringing nurses, midwives and doulas together in a topic we are all in agreement on: getting these babies turned and born!


I'm a physician, can I come?

The brave and dedicated physician who takes the time to attend Spinning Babies (or Resolving Shoulder Dystocia) gets a big warm welcome from myself and the other participants. This hands-on, environment that is like a learning-vacation compared to med school or rounds. Unfortunately, I don't have CEUs for physicians.  (I'd welcome the sponsorship of an enthusiastic doctor with that.) You will be warmly welcomed and happily surprised at the immediate applicability of Spinning Babies Principles and Techniques in your practice.


I'm a midwife, I probably know all this already, right?

You know some techniques; I know some techniques. The workshop is more than techniques.  Most midwives learn quite a bit at the workshop. I have heard the phrase, "mind blown" when a midwife realizes how much of this just isn't taught in midwifery school. "When to use what" more effectively and why some OP babies rotate and some do not. The soft tissue body balancing techniques will be so useful.

Want to reduce transports for babies that don't seem to fit? Or, sit up nights at long labors that wear you and the mother out? Would you be willing to start assisting mothers in pregnancy by teaching her a few activities to do before labor?  Would you like a way to assess if a labor might be more challenging or not? The first hour will be boring, but will help you anyway. The next five hours will be useful and I promise, you will get to sleep more often over the rest of your midwifery career for having attended this workshop. In other words, you'll get a good return on your time!



Is there research to prove what you teach?

I address this question here.




A co-venture video experience with Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga! Coming Soon!

Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials Video.

Sarah Longacre and Gail Tully present a Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga collaboration in a three video series for pregnant women preparing for easier childbirth through body balancing, maternal positioning and yoga.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- 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 Creation of the Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class, due Dec 2013

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. 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 April 2014; for Spinning Babies Parent Class, Fall 2014.