What can I say? These really lift my spirits... (or inspire me to improve):
"Its such a huge service you're providing for parents." Jeanne Ohm, Chiropractor and Instructor
"You are so darn smart! And you approach these positional problems (and everything else in your life) with such an openness and freedom from the constraints of mainstream thought that you are a true original thinker. And, of course, as a midwife, you have the opportunity to examine your ideas and respond holistically to the situations that you encounter.
I hope you can make your fine website a little more user-friendly. It’s a great place to learn.
Thanks for existing!"
--Penny Simkin Physical Therapist, Author, Childbirth Educator, Doula Trainer, One of the founders of DONA International. Click for Penny's Website. (Penny, this means so much! I will continue to work on clarifying the website. Thank you!)
"I'd been meaning to write you back for awhile now, but now I have a really good reason to. I just had my baby last Thursday morning, and, boy does positioning make a difference! She shot out like a greased grape in less than three hours of active labor and only 45 minutes of pushing. Pulling my little girl onto my chest was probably the single greatest moment of my life so far, and I know that the knowledge I got from your website helped me achieve that. I am so very grateful that you are so generous with your knowledge and skills. You are an invaluable treasure! " -
“Thanks again for your knowledge and willingness to share it. You have a true gift.” –Melanie Dossey, CNM
You know I love great, unique, visual aids! Well, if you don't know about Gail Tully - it is time you learned - Teri Shilling, Passion for Birth
Dear Gail! You are my favorite midwife!!! I have learned from you since 2005, when a doctor said me that one of the reasons he have to do cesarean is an occiput posterior position and I said to him: Cristiano, isn't there any way to spin the baby and to have no occiput posterior position? and he said: I don't know, I never heard something about this! So I have been looking for something to do to spin the baby around and I found your site, Since that time you are my favorite midwife!!!" - SRdM, Brazil
"Thanks for your website. For moms like me who really have problems with fetal positioning, it's so helpful. I felt so helpless when my first turned at the end of my pregnancy. My doctor at the time, a different one than I have now, told me there was nothing I could do. So sad. But anyway, thanks again for all your help. I really appreciate it." -- pregnant woman in California hoping to avoid a breech position at birth
http://www.spinningbabies.com/ is an invaluable source of information on optimal fetal positioning. - from BEC replying to a mom at au.answers.Yahoo"I have enjoyed the website. I found it on my own and later the midwives recommended it. I donated last weekend." - J. E., 36 weeks pregnant
"I love this website:
I tried it and then had my midwife verify via U/S - it was totally right." - http://community.thebump.com/cs/ks/forums/thread/31211101.aspx
I am not sure if you remember me. You saw me in late June and early July (I was also in Clare's yoga class)...
"It was my first pregnancy and my baby was breech. You and Clare mentioned Dr. Hartung (Hudson Hospital, Hudson, Wisconsin). I transferred to Dr. Hartung and he was so wonderful. Luckily, my baby turned head down 3 days before he was born. I truly believe what you did and what the chiropractor did really helped with my baby turning head down.
I had a fantastic and amazing natural birth experience. I had contractions for about a day and then had a scheduled appointment with was dilated to a 4-5. He sent me down to the hospital and he checked on me about an hour later and I was dilated to a 7-8 ( and I only felt like I had a few strong contractions). It got more difficult when I was at an 8. But, a few hours later I decided to get in the
and all of a sudden the baby came with 3 pushes. So, I had the water birth I wanted, even though it was accidental. I had a 6 lb 10 oz baby boy.
We named him Ezekial, we call him Zeke." Renae, Zeke's mom shares her photos here. Renae continues, "I cannot thank you enough! You really helped me have a fantastic birth... I really found that giving birth wasn't as difficult as people fear. I also thought watching that movie called "Orgasmic Birth" really helped with my understanding the natural process of labor and birth."
January 12, 2009
"My LO was breech until 36+3. I had been trying various positions to encourage baby to turn for weeks. I really thought I was out of time. Then I tried the spinning babies website, their one position of lying down the stairs head first worked for me and turned the baby. It's quite difficult to get into position and I did need help from DH.
Baby is still back to back but at least is head down. Maybe it would work for you? I was very skeptical but was willing to try anything to get babies head from under my ribcage..." found at http://community.babycentre.co.uk/post/a5321685/breech_baby
"Thanks so much for all of this information! I'm continuing to digest it all and will definitely let you know what comes of all of our efforts. If nothing else, I have a lot more information and questions to discuss with my care provider this week in regards to determining what we might actually be dealing with. Regardless of how we end up bringing this little one into the world, I know that I will feel more empowered this time around simply for the fact that I have further information and education to make the choices instead of having them made for me. Your website has been a wonderful resource throughout both of my pregnancies!" -- Staci
"I recommend Spinning Babies for mothers almost daily for breech babies. You are a fabulous asset to the birth community .... "
- Danielle from Connecticut Worst to First 2010 Campaign
"Just a brief note to say 'hi' and let you know I've referred lots of my couples to your website and it's been so well received. " - KB, nurse and doula, in Florida
I didn't know there was such a story behind the website. It really is looking great and several of the families I have helped recently have appreciated your info as well as the gentle and respectful way in which you offer it. Thank you once more for the gifts you bring to our community! - Vanessa Stephens Coldwater, Midwife, Waterbirth Resources, Minneapolis
"I just wanted to say thank you for setting up the Spinning Babies website and the wonderful information that's contained within it.
I am currently 12 weeks pregnant with baby number 3 and having had two posterior births already...[M]y first baby...was born by c-section. But ... the second baby, ... was born naturally, ...for number 3, provided he's not too big at least I know he can fit through the pelvis even widest part of head to smallest part of pelvis!! ...
I have really taken heed of what you say about symmetry and ligament tension. In fact I saw my osteopath this morning and at 12 weeks there was already torsion in the pelvis (which had not been there before). However, I find this encouraging because I finally feel I understand what happens in my labours and that I can do something constructive about this (as much as I can including following Dr Gowri Motha's method).
Prior to finding your website I felt there was something missing in my understanding since people were only able to offer suggestions for turning OP babies prior to labour! Now I know that the problem exists prior to pregnancy(/ligament relaxation)! " -- EC, UK
From Nancy's Park, blog: "Another one of the things I did in my pregnancy that I think helped me have a wonderful birth was to use the information I found on Spinning Babies. In particular, I learned how to do inversions from the video above and practiced them daily in the last couple of weeks.
I just found this wonderful blog by Spinning Babies too!"
I just went through the spinning babies site and it is amazing. I did not know you can do so much about the position of the baby. -http://www.tcoyf.com/forums/t/43444.aspx
If/when did you start Chiro visits? - MotheringDotCommunity Forums
Spinning babies is already bookmarked and I'm getting ready to do a nice hard core research .... And A BIG FAT YES to Spinning Babies!! sgmom is online now ...
birth is in bloom.: on optimal fetal positioning.
All my links come from the Spinning Babies website, which is a wonderful resource for women that are interesting in Optimal Fetal Positioning (OFP). ...
"Hey I should tell you that your info helped a mom friend who went to Dr. and baby was sunny side up at end of pregnancy. She followed your advice (spinningbabies on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/l/
On the next birth
I was so apprehensive about giving birth to my second child.
I had labored hard for 53 hours with my posterior first-born and wanted to encourage this next baby into a better position.
The bodywork and guidance I received from Adrienne [Start Tree Massage and Bodywork in St. Louis Park, MN] and my chiropractor absolutely made the difference, aligning my pelvis and addressing the deeper tissue involved. Adrienne understood my desire for a straightforward birth and approached each session with that goal in mind.*
On Adrienne's advice, I also visited www.spinningbabies.com for more stretching and posture techniques. I wish every pregnant woman would make use of Gail's wisdom.
I gave birth to my second child after less than 5 hours of labor, full of awe and gratitude at how birth can be when your body is prepared. It was a deeply healing experience. -- Sara McLoone
Ok, here's my inspiration to improve:
"Is it just me or is the spinning babies website sort of confusing? It's so copy-heavy that I get all confused. I'd just like some easy to follow instructions!" A pregnant woman writes from The Bump.
"And the Spinning Babies website is annoying me too. In my current mood it seems vague, inconsistent and hard to navigate. Just what I need. ..." My apologies, I've been annoyed with my site's navigation, too! ;)
"I found that website so unhelpful and confusing when Ava was breech, I tried to understand it 4 times but gave up!" and "I don't really understand it either but thanks anyway xxx" Both from Baby and Bump forum
"I know about the website spinning babies, but I don't like it (can't understand it and am not paying for it.. lol!)" Sunny Side Up! - March 2011 Babies - What to Expect.com Ok, ok, editing is beginning!!! -And you don't have to pay for it! There is enough right here for the average woman. The book is convenient, has more illustrations and easier to pass around! etc. etc. The book is an easy format but anyone who wades through this website will get a ton of info. Meanwhile, I'm going to reorganize.
transverse lie @36 weeks!! - October 2010 Babies - WhatToExpect.com
I have tried some of the positions from spinning babies... with NO luck! Hope to hear from anyone who has had experience with this ...
The Spinning Babies website is recommended by so many people, but it is so difficult to follow! I can't figure out which exercises should be done during labor, and which can be done before labor, and some of the links to different techniques offer only a drawing, with no written explanation of how to do the exercise or what the intended purpose is!
It's so irritating, but I feel like I don't have many other options!
Okay, vent over. Thanks. http://www.dcurbanmom.com/jforum/posts/list/146218.page
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.