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Deb Lawrence brings us Dip the Hip, figure-8 movements to make room in the pelvis for baby to rotate from the right to the left, from posterior to anterior. She noticed a tight spot in the mother's back was associated with a lack of rotation to the anterior and she developed this technique to loosen that spasm. It works. This can be done in pregnancy every day and in labor as needed, the earlier the better.
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Balance the pelvis and surrounding areas for comfort, birth preparation and labor progress. A short-cut way to address several of the muscles and ligaments will be to use The 3 Sisters of Balance: Rebozo sifting; Forward-leaning inversions; and the sidelying release.
When you have time, length your psoas, hamstrings, and piriformis muscles with daily stretching, walking and good posture.
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Liberación lateral del suelo pélvico (Pelvic floor or side-lying release, es el enlace donde puede encontrar el artículo original en inglés)
¡No se trata de simplemente echarte de costado y soltar la pierna a un lado! Lee cuidadosamente cómo realizar esta técnica que puede ser realmente útil.
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Today I received three emails, three, from women who asked me where my information was for turning a posterior baby!
I was rather flabbergasted! Afterall, I developed this site over ten years ago specifically for helping rotate posterior babies. Its not like I can offer one pregnancy activity that rotates all posterior babies from the right side to your left, from your posterior to your anterior. Its a process. You have many muscle layers, internal structures and pelvic aligning to attend to so that the uterus comes into Balance and allows your little one the full space needed to come around to occiput anterior. Almost every technique, every article of advice, on every topic here helps rotate posteriors. Some of you only need a few of them, but many of you need many of them, and from early on in pregnancy. So get going, Girlfriend.
The only techniques I DON'T want you to do in pregnancy with a HEAD DOWN baby are the Open-Knee Chest and the Breech Tilt. Leave those for the Mamas with Breechlings. The rest is for all Mamas, even those of you with anterior babies, and especially those of you with posterior babies and babies on your right side. (Read directions carefully to find out if you are an exception.)
With even more determination to serve Mamas and Babies, Gail Tully
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Sometimes a physician or midwife will suggest that a pregnant woman be on bedrest. Fetal positioning becomes a concern for women aware of the effects gravity and fetal positioning.
There are some indications in the literature that bed rest may increase OP babies, but it isn't universal. Some Daily Activities can adapted to do on bed rest. Here's a list: Use good maternal positioning and posture with Rest Smart. Address Balance with the Abdominal Release; the Sidelying Release, and if there is no high blood pressure, the Forward-leaning Inversion. Psoas Resolution help is on www.coreawareness.com.
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The forward-leaning inversion is a classic here at Spinning Babies. Create more room in the lower uterine segment to allow baby to move into (or stay in) the ideal position for birth.
The benefits are amazing for babies lying sideways (transverse lie) after 30 weeks. But all mothers with any fetal position will benefit, even the ideal left occiput anterior. This technique is recommended for everyone with special invitations to women with twins, breech, oblique (diagonal lie), and posterior babies. With more room in the lower uterus, the baby may reposition without manipulation. Every healthy pregnant woman may benefit from 30 seconds of this steep inversion. Begin before pregnancy or in the first trimester...or now! Be careful, read the details to find out if you are one of those few who shouldn't go upside down.
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Sifting, or jiggling, the entire abdomen can relax tight ligaments and may help a baby rotate in pregnancy or labor more easily, and help a birthing woman relax into her labor.
Did you use a rebozo? Tell the world. Please fill out the short "Rebozo Use" Poll at SurveyMonkey.com
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Fetal Malpositions often begin with an imbalance in the mother's pelvis. While this is not always true, it is often true. I now believe that the imbalance causes the pain and the malposition. It's not the malposition that begins the pain! Treating the cause of the pain often solves the fetal malposition as well, since then baby can often slip into an improved, or even optimal, fetal position. Try these activities to help turn a posterior baby.
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So much of what I learned about Balance was defined for me by Dr. Carol Phillips, DC. I thought I'd introduce you to Carol's work.
The first video shows a pregnant woman with significant sciolosis of the spine helped to come into Balance by Carol's techniques the month before. Carol does her series of checks on each part of her body. The baby has moved into the Left Occiput Anterior position since the previous visit. Ideal! Find a Dynamic Body Balancing bodyworker in the US at Carol Phillips' www.DynamicBodyBalancing.com
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Occasionally, the question arises, can maternal positioning and the techniques featured at Spinning Babies cause a baby in a good position to get into a "bad" position. For instance, could doing these techniques when baby is head down make the baby flip head up. Or, could they turn a baby who's in an anterior position to a posterior presentation? Is there any harm in doing these?
I am inclined to say no, not when done with these directions. But what you should know first....
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The pelvic tilt, done with the mother on hands-and-knees, is good to relax the lower back after a long day. This gentle rocking exercise keeps the pelvic joints loose, too. Is it good enough to help a posterior (forward facing) baby get into a better, anterior, position for birth? (Be sure you are doing the Daily Do's.)
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Hands and knees position, all fours, knees and elbows and kneeling over a birthing ball. Crawling and stretching exercises, too! These are similar positions that actually assist the baby with the movements of birth. Read how making your belly the perfect hammock can help prepare for labor and make progress for your birth. But this may not be enough to rotate a posterior baby, read why. This is the safest position for birthing a breech baby, read why!
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The Abdominal Lift is of the most effective early labor techniques for engaging baby in the pelvis. The Abdominal Lift was popularized by Janie McKoy King, a Texas Engineer who wrote Back Labor No More. I learned it from Penny Simkin at her Birth Doula Training.
I added the words "and tuck" to remind the user to tuck their pelvis. By this I mean do a standing Pelvic Tilt. By this I mean flattening the lower back.
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This is an "engagement" technique for labor to use only after 10 contractions with Abdominal Lift and Tuck. Walcher's Position will allow contractions to engage a baby that is high, not really in the pelvis yet. The baby may be stuck at the brim or inlet of the pelvis. Use this position through and between three contractions in a row to lower baby into a normal pelvic brim. Contractions make it work.
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Does baby seem stuck at the top of the pelvis? Would you like to start over? The Open-knee chest helps back the baby out of the pelvic brim and start again in a better position.
- In pregnancy? Only for breech babies!
- In Labor? Only for jammed babies in labor, not for babies still floating!
(Photo: Penny Simkin, PT, teaches us Open-Knee Chest)
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A simple, highly recommended techinque done with a very light touch to release the fascia around the pelvis and the pelvic and respiratory diaphragms. Its surprising results can improve fetal positioning, pelvic alignment, even reduce heartburn and snoring.
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This is not just lying on one's side and leaning your leg over! Do weekly in pregnancy and once in early labor to potentially reduce labor length. Add to the activities to help a breech flip in pregnancy. Stall in labor? Annoying hip pain? Contractions with no progress? Asynclitic or posterior baby? This technique is a star in the universe of maternal positioning for labor comfort and progress.
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Please let me refer you off my site to CoreAwareness.com with Liz Koch. I'm really excited about her work and she can tell you the best.
The tone of the large psoas pair can have an effect on the descent of the baby and even fetal position.
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A series of poses for labor when progress is slow. Contractions help this technique to work effectively. Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta call it the Roll-over and it is featured in their Labor Progress Handbook.
At Spinning Babies, I've said, when you want to move the baby, move the mother. This technique literally rotates the mother to help the baby rotate! We've used variations of this technique for many years. The mom shown here is in a variation of the Hands and Knees position, the start of the "Roll-over."
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The Breech Tilt is a widely known inversion technique to help a breech baby flip to a head-down position.
Use this technique 1-3 times a day if you are told your baby is breech. You can start as early as 30-32 weeks and continue through to the time that you know that your baby is head down. Some doctors suggest starting later because most babies flip on their own. The Breech Tilt is not invasive. Ask your doctor if there is any medical reason not to do a Breech Tilt for your breech baby starting after 30 weeks. Alternatively, the Forward-leaning Inversion is recommended at any weeks gestation for any fetal position.
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The need for techniques varies among women. Like the bell curve, some women - on one end - will not need any techniques. Most will benefit from a few, whether in pregnancy and/or during labor. And a few women in every group will not receive the benefits of techniques until they visit with one or even more professionals for specific body work techniques. This article lists the professionals who offer body work to pregnant (and sometimes, laboring) women and then gives a brief description of their service.
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.