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Twelve Steps to Empowering Birth Preparation

Twelve Steps to Empowering Birth Preparation

A seeker gains a new perspective of living by a series of awakened actions. In the 12-step recovery culture, the twelve action steps focus on moving from the victimization of alcoholism or substance addiction, or, as in Alanon, overcoming the havoc these addictions...
Choice in Childbirth

Choice in Childbirth

Choice in childbirth begins with a discussion with oneself or between oneself and another. What do we want? And how do we feel when considering that want?  Are we excited, anxious, doubtful or determined?  When seeking possibilities to choose options for childbirth,...
New Trainers – Monthly Update

New Trainers – Monthly Update

We are gathering on the state of Minnesota’s “North Shore” of Lake Superior to deepen our foundations. Our five current Spinning Babies® Approved Trainers are welcoming nine new trainers, hand-picked by Gail Tully, for bringing the paradigm of Spinning Babies® to...
Enhancing Prenatal Bonding

Enhancing Prenatal Bonding

Prenatal bonding can improve parents’ caring behavior for their babies, and increase postpartum attachment. With stronger attachment, parents give more time in face-to-face eye contact with baby. Together we can help nurture an entire generation of parents with more...
Asynclitism and the Doula Scope of Practice

Asynclitism and the Doula Scope of Practice

Last week I talked about the nurse or midwife learning the baby’s tipped presentation by the cervical exam. Thicker cervix into one side, the side the head remains deeper on. Thinner cervix shares the side that the head presses further out along. Below is an email I...
What Causes Asynclitism?

What Causes Asynclitism?

“Oh my goodness! What a week! 2 asynclitic babies and a magical home birth” is the opening of an email I received this week. What is the cause of so many babies with their heads tipped to the side while they are in the pelvis? Asynclitism Causes We are seeking...
Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

Pressure resulting from the shape of an anterior positioned baby’s head who is facing the back as the head emerges over the perineum tends to be symmetrical and not overextend the perineum compared to a posterior positioned baby. The head of a posterior baby is...
Nurturing Core Values

Nurturing Core Values

Spinning Babies® seeks to meet the providers’ desire to support birth using physiological methods. Our approach embodies the concepts that empower parents and providers to access and use our methods with ease.   Our Values Revisiting our Core Values helps us at...
Changing the Mindset in Birth Practice

Changing the Mindset in Birth Practice

Change is the movement between the points of familiarity and unfamiliarity. We are pulled between “what is” and “what if?”. There is a natural anxiety about stepping into the unknown. Trusting oneself with the unknown is the key to a birth giver allowing themselves...
Solutions for Dystocia in the Levels of the Pelvis

Solutions for Dystocia in the Levels of the Pelvis

Spinning Babies® offers the world’s first complete system of matching birth positions and labor progress techniques to the five levels of the pelvis. We simplify the path to learning by focusing on three levels: the inlet, mid-pelvis, and outlet.* Spinning Babies®...
Increasing Likelihood of Posterior Rotation

Increasing Likelihood of Posterior Rotation

What makes a baby with an occiput posterior fetal position at delivery more likely to be born vaginally, and what are predictive factors of anterior rotation during labor? A French team looked at 439 occiput posterior labors and what may favor rotation to the anterior...
Breech Emergency of Interlocked Heads

Breech Emergency of Interlocked Heads

An early lesson on twin birth when first studying midwifery or obstetrics is to not risk the scenario of locked twin heads. Heads blocking the descent of birth might occur if the first twin is breech and the second twin is head down. The first twin begins to be born...
Sidelying Release Effects in Labor

Sidelying Release Effects in Labor

Sidelying Release is the technique of an obstetrician which was formalized by Dr. Carol Phillips, DC so that others could replicate the beneficial slow stretch.   Learn the Sidelying Release How to do the Sidelying Release is on our website. Learn the SLR (and...
Maternal Mortality

Maternal Mortality

Being pregnant and black in the United States offers no better survival rates than starting a family in a developing country. In other words, all the fancy equipment and expensive care are not giving black families the advantage of improved birth outcomes. White women...
Sidelying Release in a Case of Pre-Eclampsia

Sidelying Release in a Case of Pre-Eclampsia

Spinning Babies® enthusiast Maíra Libertad, prominent midwife and midwife educator in Rio de Janeiro just received a very beautiful story of Sidelying Release (SLR) success and felt that you would like to know! An OBGYN was taking care of the woman and told her this...

2020 World Confluence in Sunshine Coast, Australia

Spinning Babies 2020 World Confluence October 16-18, 2020 Join us in Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia for a confluence of birth and body work through the view of Spinning Babies® The Spinning Babies approach offers enrichment to all settings...
Dip the Hip – Monthly Update

Dip the Hip – Monthly Update

Message from our Founder Gail here. Finding out that January is International Creativity Month just makes me smile. The creativity of the birth giver in labor is something to study. Here is where Spinning Babies® emerged. I observed women giving birth, felt their...
Complying with the Birth Plan

Complying with the Birth Plan

The last two posts have focused on listening to the birth giver. We continued listening by returning to the birth plan as a diagnostic tool (see previous post). Now we see where and how we, as providers, can comply with their birth plan for the purpose of better birth...
Communicating the Body Sense

Communicating the Body Sense

Observing an Invitation to Act Let us approach the labor with a calm, quiet, observation. We observe the response to contractions. When observing signs of a disconnection to labor because of pain or low morale or a struggles to self regulate as an invitation to act,...
Too Tired to Try Spinning Babies?

Too Tired to Try Spinning Babies?

“I am a doula and need your help. Very often by the time my women get into hospital they are too tired to cooperate and try to do Spinning Babies exercises. What do you suggest in this scenario?”   Dear Doula, Let’s explore the use of Spinning Babies® as a...
Reflections on 2018 – Monthly Update

Reflections on 2018 – Monthly Update

December of 2018. May I congratulate you on coming to the finish of a year of growth. The year began with insight and ends with insight, but the middle was a dig, wasn’t it? This year saw slightly better and improving awareness of health disparities confronting black...
Formula? or Wild Food?

Formula? or Wild Food?

The title of this post is a play on words about choosing between a protocol or not for what to do for an unusual situation at a birth. Formula or wild? I was recently at Karen Strange’s Neonatal Resuscitation Workshop. I so enjoy Karen’s brilliance in taking the...
When Not to Use Spinning Babies® Techniques

When Not to Use Spinning Babies® Techniques

You can always “use” Spinning Babies®. Spinning Babies as an approach for comfort in pregnancy and ease in birth can be a way of seeing what is going on. We can take that approach further into noticing fetal position as a clue to choose body balance and labor easing...
Bums Up

Bums Up

Flip a Breech? What we teach here at Spinning Babies® is a gentle, body balancing approach. We begin with the principles of Spinning Babies; Balance before Gravity and Movement. For pregnancy self-care or things to do at home, we include five main techniques to turn a...
Where’s the Physiology?

Where’s the Physiology?

Hi, Spinning Babies® Community. I was excited about the collaboration of Gloria Esegbono, OB, and Joy Palmer, Midwife, on a hashtag that also speaks to us: #WheresThePhysiology. Dr. Gloria says, “The common catchphrase today is ‘Where’s the Evidence?’, not...
Origin Story

Origin Story

Let’s return to basics. This information will help you when a birth colleague asks you what you are doing when you are doing techniques suggested on the Spinning Babies® website.   Why is one person’s birth easier and another’s birth harder when both share the...
Stretching Types

Stretching Types

I’m often finding myself self-tightening when I hear my colleague say “stretch the ligament.” But my reaction is not logical. Just five minutes before I’ve said the same thing: Stretch! So why the visceral reaction to the word stretch? While saying it, I know I’m...
Cesarean Rates Call for Beyond Border Solutions

Cesarean Rates Call for Beyond Border Solutions

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology and other nations’ leading birth organizations and the social organizations who seek to guide their practice with statistical and ethical considerations are working more collaboratively now to reduce the uncontrollable...
Holding Space for Creative Coping

Holding Space for Creative Coping

We “hold space.” What does that phrase mean? We hold space when we match our body and our intent to another person’s creative growth during a physical event. I’m using the word “creative” to describe the vulnerable moment when strength arises from...
Sacral Mobility

Sacral Mobility

Mobility allows function. The sacrum is the door of birth. A mobile sacrum allows the door to open. The sacrum is a five bone set that hangs as seemingly one bone from the ilium (hips). The big round hip bone is joined to the triangular sacrum by the sacroiliac (SI)...
Fear of Childbirth Pain

Fear of Childbirth Pain

Fear of childbirth pain can be an inhibitor to experiencing one’s own body in the process, even if there is curiosity about the experience of childbirth. We’ve talked before, on the blog, about the fear of pain being a reason birth givers may not explore choices in...
October 2018 – Monthly Update

October 2018 – Monthly Update

Intro Dear Community, It is autumn and the chlorophyll levels are coming down in the boreal forests of around me. Yellows are appearing. My mind easily floats back to the waterfalls of Brazil, where we just have just returned from our Spinning Babies 2018 World...
Checking In and Checking Up

Checking In and Checking Up

Providers! We offer a new paradigm for your birth practice. We want to check in with you! Please check out this self-guided check up and see how our Spinning Babies® paradigm is working and where you might add to your satisfaction by using our approach. Check Up Do...
Jiggle and Stretch Protocols

Jiggle and Stretch Protocols

A pregnant woman, first baby, came to model Daily Essentials and The Three Sisters of Balance with us at a Spinning Babies® Workshop. She was in her fourth day of prodromal labor. Contractions without progress, yet also with little sleep. Bravely, she ventured to the...
Supporting Innate Knowledge

Supporting Innate Knowledge

Physiology Before Force℠ can be an approach to prenatal care; just as it is the Spinning Babies® approach to labor and birth. Dr. Dennis Hartung, OB, greets each new pregnant person with the question, “How may I help you?” and then truly listens. This simple act...
September 2018 – Monthly Update

September 2018 – Monthly Update

Dear Members, Recently, I have gone looking for additional business coaching in the area of certification programs. We are seeking improvements in how we serve our rapidly growing community. Explaining our work to a potential mentor inspired me to share a similar...
Right Obliquity

Right Obliquity

Right obliquity refers to a normal shape of the human uterus. With obliquity, or angling, to the right we see a steeper side to the uterus on the right and a more round side on the left. A baby lying along the right side of the uterus would then have a straighter...
Fetal Engagement from the Right

Fetal Engagement from the Right

Last week I mentioned the effect on babies from entering into the pelvis from the right side. Some babies take longer to engage and some need to rotate before they can engage. This seems to have to do with head circumference and whether baby can slip into the pelvis...
VBAC Detective Response

VBAC Detective Response

Last week, a woman seeking vaginal birth after a previous cesarean (VBAC) asked whether to share Spinning Babies® Parent Class video with her doula. She said, “I am concerned that while I am doing everything I can to implement Spinning Babies knowledge and get the...
VBAC Detective

VBAC Detective

One of my joys in being spatial with birth observation skills is being asked to be a “Birth Detective”. Parents often want to know why a previous birth was difficult. Here’s a woman planning for a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean (VBAC). What can you identify...
More Cervical Lip Solutions

More Cervical Lip Solutions

This week is Part 2 of our discussion on the potential of Dynamic Body Balancing techniques in caring for a labor with a cervical lip. Read Part 1 here. Releasing a Cervical Lip Body balancing techniques specific to releasing a cervical lip include Forward-leaning...
Cervical Lip Solutions

Cervical Lip Solutions

This week we discuss the potential of a Dynamic Body Balancing technique in caring for a labor with a cervical lip.   “I am looking for advice on the upcoming birth of my 5th child. In my four past births, I have developed anterior cervical lips that were very...
Where’s Baby? What Can Be Done?

Where’s Baby? What Can Be Done?

Today, we’ll be looking at a birth story that ended in a cesarean, what led to that outcome, and discuss solutions for a labor dystocia lower in the pelvis. Birth Scenario A short history of the Birth Giver: First birth History of tailbone injury Fetal position...
Supporting the Birthing Family’s Perspective

Supporting the Birthing Family’s Perspective

In many birth settings providers meet parents in labor for the first time. Typically parents seem to accept provider recommendations and routines without much questioning. But these parents may have expectations that aren’t voiced, such as being seen as special...
Alignment Tips for the Side-lying Release

Alignment Tips for the Side-lying Release

Reference the instructions on Side-lying Release on the website or handout you received after the workshop. The following will not make sense until you know the first set of instructions.   Alignment Tips for the Side-lying Release Have the shoulders aligned...
Alternative Inversions – Monthly Update

Alternative Inversions – Monthly Update

Alternative Inversions Spinning Babies® is relatively new to the birth scene and the concepts we present are also new. We are learning what are appropriate techniques and how to do them. This month we discuss safety and use of one of our favorite techniques:...
The Pelvis Soft and Bony

The Pelvis Soft and Bony

The three levels of the pelvis are discussed in the Spinning Babies® Workshop as they relate to baby’s journey through them. In the body balancing portion of the workshop, we discuss the muscles and soft tissues. I thought you’d like a little tour of the pelvis as...
Reducing Cesarean Rate is a Social Network Issue

Reducing Cesarean Rate is a Social Network Issue

Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG says that the greatest influence on whether a birthing person has a cesarean is which door they walk through when in labor. It’s not baby’s size, being due or overdue, or even if they have a risk factor, such as gestational diabetes. The...
Birthkeeper: Penny Simkin

Birthkeeper: Penny Simkin

Penny Simkin leads a life of service for birthing families and providers alike. Bringing forward physiological comfort measures, introducing and empowering ways for birth partners and doulas to move into mainstream birthing are radical victories of Penny’s. Gail with...
June Update 2018

June Update 2018

2018 is proving to be a practical year. Bringing on that practicality is confronting in such a good way. Personally, I’ve been seeking to take the paradigm of physiology deeper. Funny where the challenges lie, kindness to those close, sitting smart when full on...
New Times Coming

New Times Coming

We are moving to a crescendo of change in how we live and how we care. Water, food, and land issues are global concerns. Migration due to natural disaster, economic (including war) and water crisis is and will be a major condition for humanity for some time to come....
Protocol for Persistent Posterior in Labor

Protocol for Persistent Posterior in Labor

Manual rotation of the posterior baby’s head to the anterior position is an option before resorting to cesarean to finish a stalled labor. This technique is proven to reduce cesarean. Midwife researcher and speaker, Catherine Os learned about Spinning Babies® from...
Spinning Babies® Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

Spinning Babies® Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

Tammy Ryan is teaching a Spinning Babies® Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya Africa this June thanks to Elizabeth Project International, Inc. Their mission is to provide maternal and child educational programs; empowering mothers with evidence based information, skills and...
Spinning Babies® May Update

Spinning Babies® May Update

Dear Spinning Babies Enthusiasts, The month of May! In the northern hemisphere, a month of flowers. In the southern hemisphere, cool weather returns. Seasons offer us regular opportunities to embrace change. We can embrace rather than brace – when we have hope!...
Integral Touch of Birth Workshop Review

Integral Touch of Birth Workshop Review

“And then the bodyworkers showed up…” I LOVE this quote from Gail that I have scribbled in my notes from her story that began the SpBAP training about how Spinning Babies® evolved to what it is today. Training Designed for Bodyworkers As a doula and massage...
Why the OP Baby Doesn’t Turn

Why the OP Baby Doesn’t Turn

Most babies presenting in a posterior position will rotate to either occiput anterior or occiput transverse. The cesarean rate is higher for OP babies than OA babies (but not OT babies as a group).   Why a Posterior Baby Stays Posterior Studies show there are...
Spinning Babies® April Update

Spinning Babies® April Update

Our April Update features Fascia, Brazil SpBCPE registration, birth story, relaxation techniques, new workshops, and more! Read below! Exploring Fascia Dear friends, I’m just coming back from a three-week exploration of how Spinning Babies® might incorporate a broader...
Parent Education and Fetal Position

Parent Education and Fetal Position

Spinning Babies® is sensitive to the fine line between informing and alarming when it comes to baby positions. Head down? Around 26-30 weeks gestation, pregnant parents are pleased to hear their breech or sideways-lying baby is now head down. Some parents aren’t...
Breech Tilt

Breech Tilt

The Breech Tilt is a widely-known inversion technique using gravity to help a breech baby flip to a head-down position. Before doing the Breech Tilt, I suggest doing the Forward-Leaning Inversion for 30 seconds first and then going ahead with the Breech Tilt. One...

Birth with an Intact Hymenal Ring

I’d like to discuss birth over the intact hymenal ring. A doctor showed me how she avoids cutting the perineum. Midwives and doctors often miss recognizing an intact hymenal ring and instead see the following situation as in indication for episiotomy. Notice when...
Spinning Babies® Before Turning a Breech (ECV)

Spinning Babies® Before Turning a Breech (ECV)

Maíra, Gail, and Mariane Menezes  Midwife Maíra Liberdade and Dr. Marcos Nakamura work together in Rio de Janeiro to reduce cesareans due to breech presentation. They offer External Cephalic Versions for parents pregnant with a breech baby to turn the baby head down....
Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Story

Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Story

Midwife Melody Morrow, a well known midwife and Spinning Babies enthusiast in Dallas, Texas shares the story of her own sister Harmony’s breech experience. An ECV was attempted by a trusted and breech-skilled doctor. The baby remained breech.  In this case,...

Turning Breech Babies and Cesarean Outcomes

Spinning Babies has said head down is half the story. And now it turns out that just how babies get head down is important.In recent years, the manual turning of the breech baby to head down has been poorly reviewed for adverse outcomes (Culver’s review of the...

4 Cm at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital

Ok, I’m out. I’m a Grey’s Anatomy fan. Well, I can name only about 5 characters, I might not hold a candle to a true fan, but I do love the show. The new season really got my attention with its portrayal of a stalled labor at 4 cm. The laboring woman...
What Does Spinning Babies® Do?

What Does Spinning Babies® Do?

Spinning Babies® offers recommendations to prepare for childbirth in pregnancy: Increase range of motion Balance the body (not too tight, not too loose, not too twisty) Movement daily Rest Smart   How do we do this? We do this with our Daily Essentials video. We...
Oxytocin as a Safe Birth Activator

Oxytocin as a Safe Birth Activator

“…oxytocin functions rather like a system activator and often influences the release of other signaling substances such as opioids, serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. Through these activations, different behavioural and physiological effects are...
Emergency Birth

Emergency Birth

Some of the facebook community midwives are offering conversation during an emergency birth for Texans trapped by water and birthing under dire conditions. I thought I’d add some general tips here to share. Please find stable ground, and when baby comes, have a...
Birth Positions and Desseauve 2017

Birth Positions and Desseauve 2017

I enjoyed reading David Desseauve’s French review on positions for labor and birth. I especially enjoyed finding a tip included from Aspasia, a midwife/gynecologist from the second century (translated from the ancient Greek by Pascal Luccioni),If the...
Dr. Marshall Klaus, Champion of the Doula

Dr. Marshall Klaus, Champion of the Doula

Dr. Marshall Klaus, the world renown pediatrician, who with the late Dr. John Kennel, researched the power of a birth companion (doula) and followed other’s research to discover the modeling that birthing women will sometimes even verbalize themselves! Video...
Preparing Strength with Vulnerability

Preparing Strength with Vulnerability

Lately, I’ve been re-introduced to vulnerability. I don’t mean I’ve been re-introduced to hurt. Actually, I’ve been feeling stronger and more fluid than I have for a while within myself. I have more peace now with the process than I have had...
Resolving Shoulder Dystocia in Europe

Resolving Shoulder Dystocia in Europe

I just got to teach Resolving Shoulder Dystocia in Italy and in Amsterdam. The wisdom and experience of these midwife “students” is immense, humble, and inclusive to my perspective.As midwives, we love to come together and learn from one another. Where...
Twins and Spinning Babies®

Twins and Spinning Babies®

I am expecting twins, can I use the same Spinning Babies techniques for my pregnancy and labor? Yes! Spinning Babies approach works well for multiples. If you can, start early. Otherwise, start today. You may need to add professional bodywork help to balance uterine...
The Difference a Sidelying Release Makes

The Difference a Sidelying Release Makes

A happy doula, and Spinning Babies® Workshop attendee, named Beatrice emailed to rave about a VBAC birth. Many of us birth workers love to support a birthing family through a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean. The triumph of self-determination shines through the...
Uterus in a Twist

Uterus in a Twist

When seeking an answer about what to do to protect the normalcy of birth, Spinning Babies asks the question, Where is Baby?This is because the baby’s position reflects the shape of the uterus. For instance, if the uterus is well positioned, the baby is well...

Clarity in Your Birth

Many visitors to Spinning Babies Website are looking for effective help for an easier birth.We suggest using Spinning Babies Daily Activities as a part of preparation for birth.Daily movement and maternal positioning can be added to a great pregnancy diet, deep and...

Will Shoulder Dystocia Occur?

A doula friend of mine, “J,” asks how real the concern is that a mother with an estimated projected fetal weight of 11 pounds by the time of the due date will have a shoulder dystocia.”They had her see the OB and heard the reasons for perhaps...

Not Afraid to Care

“The 2014 West African Ebola outbreak killed 11,310 people. Liberian nursing assistant Salome Karwah was not one of them.” says Time Magazine. “…as soon as she recovered, she returned to the hospital where she had been treated — the Médecins...

Is There Still Time to Flip My Breech Baby?

Spinning Babies helps flip a breech  The look that says, “I did it myself!”At 36 weeks the midwives were adamant there was a less than 3% chance of my baby turning from the frank breech position and had never heard of any exercises to do. I was...

Planned Birth Benefits and Risks

Women today are sometimes encouraged to finish pregnancy and have their babies delivered.The suggestion can create a sense that induction or a cesarean is the route to safety. For many pregnant people the alternative of continuing the pregnancy until nature decides...

Belly Mapping

Gail Tully is the developer and creator of Belly Mapping. Belly Mapping is a 3-step process to estimate your baby’s position in the womb. Many pregnant people can estimate with fairly good accuracy in their last trimester of pregnancy.Step 1. Feel the contours...

Three Levels to Avoiding a Cesarean

The pelvis has 2 distinct areas for birth, the area for getting in and the area for getting out. But there is also the middle. Three Levels of the Pelvis Inlet for Getting In Mid pelvis for turning Outlet for Getting Out Assessing progress in labor includes noting...

Daily Activities Are “Essential” but…

We at Spinning Babies recommend beginning Daily Activities as you feel fit for simple activities.We don’t recommend “feeling the burn” but rather listening and respecting your changing body to feel the stretch. Moving through a pose slowly and...

Trying Spinning Babies for the first time

Try this food…. you’ll like it!Listen to this electronic brain-wave music…. it’ll boost your productivity!Let’s visit my college friend, you’ll have fun…Does trying something new seem risky?The activities on Spinning Babies...

Trying Spinning Babies for the First Time

Try this food…. you’ll like it!Listen to this electronic brain-wave music…. it’ll boost your productivity!Let’s visit my college friend, you’ll have fun…Does trying something new seem risky?The activities on Spinning Babies...

Spinning Babies® Conference 2016

Sweet ’16  The Success of Our ConfluenceThe new paradigm is begunIn 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon as participants left I heard,”This was the best conference I’ve been to in my life.” heard 3x in a row”This was the best conference...

Spinning Babies Conference 2016

Sweet ’16  The Success of Our ConfluenceThe new paradigm is begunIn 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon as participants left I heard,”This was the best conference I’ve been to in my life.” heard 3x in a row”This was the best conference...

Jacob Wetterling

We were about to move, I was 8 months pregnant and I was restless.In my state of searching for a safe nest the television news report shocked the nation and shocked me to my gestating core.Three boys were riding their bikes home in a small town in Minnesota when a...

Easier Birth with Spinning Babies®

Midwife Nicole Schlogel sends a story of easier birth. Spinning Babies preparation in pregnancy and early labor helped turn this woman’s births around!   Tina’s  first baby had been in an OP position at the onset of labour which resulted in a long...
Deciding About Interventions

Deciding About Interventions

You can aid your chance of a vaginal birth by activities before and during childbirth to make room for your baby. Easier birth for babies means easier birth for mothers. I ask women making decisions about their pregnancy and birth a question to help them know their...

40 Weeks, Lots of Fluid, Baby Not Engaged

Congratulations on your baby, beautiful Mama!You’ve made it to 40 weeks and have much reason to be proud!But you’re doctor has expressed a concern that the baby’s head is not yet in the pelvis.Julie checks to see if her baby’s head is in the...

The New Face of America’s Breech Experts

Many hospital systems have taken to denying their doctors give vaginal breech birth care for families carrying breech babies. These are physicians who’ve devoted their lives to giving excellent obstetrical care. I believe they have a right to provide that care....

Banning Breech in Atlanta

Dr. Brad Bootstaylor of SeeBaby.org in Atlanta, GA is someone I highly admire. He is a leader in the Atlanta birth movement. I’ve been to his office, he blew my mind.    He  was unethically restricted from providing care to birthing women having...

Face Presentation

Some of us like to face the music, face the facts, turn to the light, face life full on…The baby who is coming face first, or face presentation, most often is born fine in this position.There may be a little slow down after ten centimeters which can be helped by...

FYI, F. L. I. Is Knee High

How high the couch? Inverting safelyAnisa asked, “Can anyone guide me about Forward-leaning inversion? What should be the height of the couch from which we are going to lean downwards.”The answer is within…Or, rather on you? It’s the height of...

Teach the Breech Review of Day 2

Day 2 of Teach the Breech was just as exciting as Day 1Dr. Anke Reitter shared her new pelvic measurement research which she brings to us in September in St. Paul, MN. Where is the pelvis larger when moms crouch?Several stations with manikins and dolls allowed for...

Teach the Breech Review of Day 1

The Netherland’s…. for decades the natural birthhub which, for the world,  equated best practice with Holland. But today Dutch homebirth rates are less than 1 in 5, and the right to breech vaginal birth is threatened to follow the rest of the...

Argentina Breech VBAC

It will be an honor to share my story and inspire others….We live in Argentina. I would like to share my story to encourage women to try natural breech birth even after 2 C-sections.I will try to tell you our story with as many details as possible.We just had...

Maternal Positioning Isn’t the Only Thing

Gravity first?The idea of using gravity to swing baby’s back around to a pregnant mother’s abdomen is a popular hope with a misunderstanding of the cause of challenging fetal positions. It seems that people, even in birth work, think that the baby is...

Advanced Engagement

Let’s explore fetal engagement in detail. The widest part of the baby’s head is the parietal eminence. You can feel your own parietal emininence as a soft “corner” on the top and outside edge of your head. As the broad ligament, wrapping the...
Sacrotuberous Ligament Release

Sacrotuberous Ligament Release

The Sacrotuberous ligament is living tissue that functions to support the pelvis. When flexible the ligament makes way during the fetal ejection reflex when the sacrum shifts outwards making the path of the fetus more roomy for childbirth. Looking at the back we see...

Waterbirth and Breeches

I’ve been talking about maternal positions in general and the previous blog post gives you basic knowledge. This post talks about water birth and breech.For the safe breech water birth you need to have uterine moment and an open pelvis.Cornelia Enning, German...

Maternal Positions at the Levels of the Pelvis

Much has been written about maternal positioning in labor. Some of it validates and some of it seems to contradict what we have been recommending. I’d like to offer a look at maternal positions for pregnancy and labor from a “3 Levels” perspective....

Maternal Positioning Needs Better Understanding

There is a lot on the blog-o-sphere lately about the failure of maternal positions to rotate the posterior baby. My point is that we can’t say maternal positions aren’t useful to help a baby rotate until we get smart about which positions to study.Hands...

Don’t Say Posterior? Does Silence Serve?

Doulas and patient-centered providers of all types have a well-placed desire to protect a woman’s confidence to cope with childbirth. Birthworkers must navigate the topic of fetal position between a natural birth ideology and the medical research on posterior...

Walk Proud After Birth! Mama, You Can Strut!

The timing was perfect, the product was something she could get behind, the deal was done!Then I heard about it and here is a product-based blog post to tell you about Mama Strut.Tammy Ryan was contacted by Jill Bigelow of Pelv-ICE right about the time she was...

Growing (Spinning) Babies!

Spread the breakthrough message of Spinning Babies.Spinning Babies eases birth by helping baby rotate more easily through the pelvis. Less pain and intervention is readily possible. As the Spinning Babies Lady (that’s me on the left). I began a personal mission...

Bottom’s Up

Last night I was with the wonderful Adrienne Caldwell as she led a small group of enthusiasts and parents through a hands-on protocol of massage techniques for Breech Balancing.Wait, pregnancy massage like relaxation? No, massage is working with muscles and...

What’s the Difference Between Products?

Check this list to see what is offered by each Spinning Babies product: Childbirth Education Spinning Babies does not offer its own childbirth education with stages of labor, how it all works, comfort measures, normal birth and complications, doula care and hospital...

Happy Breech-Cephalic Twin Birth

 Midwife Jewel shares a happy birth story: “Kathryn came to me at 8+6 wks gestation. At the time her fundal height was more like 15-16 weeks. We talked about possibility of twins, dates being off, how she often measured large for dates early in her other...

…With an Epidural

Can Spinning Babies be used with an epidural? “I put many of the techniques taught during Friday’s class into practice today. The momma I was waiting for last week was induced today. She got an epidural before I arrived. Used the peanut ball with knee in...

Birthful Podcast with Gail and Adriana

What is the key to an easier birth?How do we get there?Adriana Lozada interviewed Gail on her wonderful Mirthful Podcast.Birthful.com/podcastspinningbabies/Hear the inside scoop on the beliefs I share through the message of Spinning Babies. You’ll hear about...

Preventing the Epidural Labor Stall

Here’s a picture from an Austin, Texas Spinning Babies Workshop of a labor progress technique shared by Dr. Diane Peterson, OB. Purpose: Engage the Baby into the pelvis when mother is on an epidural and can’t stand up for the Abdominal Lift and Pelvic...

Timeline for Fetal Position

Babies follow a natural progression to settle into the final birth position. Well, not exactly final. So I call it, the starting position for labor. It almost always changes for baby to rotate through the pelvis.Oxorn and Foote, Obstetric text book authors, state that...

When Should Baby Be in Position?

Babies follow a natural progression to settle into the final birth position. Well, not exactly final. So I call it, the starting position for labor. It almost always changes for baby to rotate through the pelvis. Oxorn and Foote, Obstetric textbook authors, state that...

You Can Tell If Your Baby Is Engaged

Is Baby Engaged or Not? Sometimes the posterior baby’s head seems low in the pelvis when checked by vaginal exam. The nurse, doctor, or midwife feels the dome of the head and it doesn’t wiggle. So, they think, the head is not ballottable, and that equals...

Engaging Baby in Labor

Engagement of the baby into the pelvic inlet (brim) is important because to fit through the pelvis, baby has to get into the pelvis first. Engagement is when the widest part of baby’s head enters the true brim of the pelvis.Figure 1. Diagram depicting the...

Unraveling the Mystery of Non-Engagement

Email Question Dear Gail, I loved your new video on exercises for optimal fetal positioning! I finally got my second baby into the right position but alas, he did not engage and I did not go into labour which resulted in an elective section at 42 weeks. I had a...

Summer Yum, Good Eating in Pregnancy

Supporting your body to support your pregnancy involves nutrition, movement, and love. You can mix the order up how ever you like! (In this order, sooth your hunger, add balance and flexibility for your pregnancy comfort or ease of birth, and enjoy a...

Asynclitism Resolved in Brazil!

Asynclitism is when baby’s head is tipped as if listening. This is an issue in the midpelvis, after engagement. Often, the baby’s head is angled so that more of the head is trying to get through at one time. Also baby’s neck is not aligned with the...

Cesarean Awareness Month

Why Cesarean Awareness Month? Giving Birth With Confidence says,My Birth Matters. And while a cesarean may be the best choice for a particular birth, the cut mother may have mixed feelings and need understanding of both her gratitude for a life saving procedure and...

Nurses, Key to Reducing the Cesarean Rate

In April we Celebrate Cesarean Awareness Month I want to give a shout out to Shakopee, Minnesota nurses for helping bring down the cesarean rate in their hospital!  Melissa Rezny is a Labor and Delivery Nurse at  St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota, just...

Springing into Perspective

Springing into perspectiveThe late season snow, so necessary in our midwest drought, is gently melting into our soil.  Thoughts of renewal frame the season change.Renewal comes in cycles in our lives as much as for the earth in the annual Spring. Renewal is by...

Pregnancy and Labor Techniques

    Hi, Spinning Babies,   I am 39 week pregnant and been reading and doing Spinning Babies exercises on and off since 30 weeks as baby been on Right Occiput Lateral (Right Occiput Transverse in US) and Right Occiput Posterior for all pregnancy. I...

New Website Goes up Tonight!

We’re so excited to announce that the new Spinning Babies website will be going up tonight. There might be some time while the old site is migrated over to the new one where you can’t access SpinningBabies.com. We’ve compiled a list here of important...

In Labor Now? Here’s What to Do.

Are the following happening?Strong labor seems to start and stop, or surge and withdraw, for some hours to daysSurges come on at any timeContractions may be long and irregular, but strong for hours and then fade awayPattern occurs with or without back laborAn internal...

Women Are Women Wherever We Birth

“Women are women wherever they are,” said Dawn Russell on Skype today. Dawn’s been nurturing and hosting Spinning Babies® for the past several years. Today, as 16″ of snow head her way, she is setting up my ResolvingShoulderDystocia.com (going subscription...

After the External Cepahlic Version

After a breech is turned head down by the doctor in a manual,  external cephalic version some babies end up with limbs over their head or similar mix up. Here’s a suggestion, To help resolve a compound presentation or twist, it is up to the mother if...

Three P’s in a Pod

Especially the invention of artificial Pitocin birth providers have increasingly seen labor progress as a result of an opening cervix. After all, if we have a hammer, every thing looks like a nail. If we have a long labor, everything seems to be about the cervix not...

The 5 Steps to Birth Happiness

We all get emails promising the 5 steps to financial wellbeing or life’s little happiness habits.Let’s try finding 5 steps to birth happiness and see how we do.The house is quiet; the rhythm of your baby’s sucking lulls you into a reflective mood....

My Friend Willma’s Third Homebirth

Thanks for sharing, Willma!I loved being a moment of celebration early in your journey. Your babyis strong and as gorgeous as your other children! The following pictures are of our Belly Painting in England last June (2014).  I wish you great love and every...

The Fantastic Four

There are four mutually supportive “Body Balance” techniques that a pregnant person and their trusted support person or provider can do to prepare for a gentler birth. In the new Spinning Babies’ Parent Class each technique is thoroughly demonstrated...

When the Doctor Says “No.”

“I am a doula to a mom with Mo/Di twins. I recommended SpinningBabies to her since her wee ones are transverse right now. She spoke with her Dr. who said to avoid the Spinning Babies exercises stating they were not safe for her type of twins.I would like to know...

Incarcerated Uterus

Her uterus was retroflexed (aimed backwards).  During the first trimester of pregnancy her womb, still tipped back, grew into the curved space in front of the sacrum and tailbone under the sacral promontory. The uterus is not up in the abdomen at all!Picture from...

Father Faruk Protects His Twins Natural Birth

Midwife Lina Duncan is a Global Midwifery Council friend living and serving birthing families in India. She helped Faruk and his wife find the resources to help their full term twins get head down on a recent Spinning Babies adventure. Here are Faruk’s own...

Breech Then and Now

Thirty one years ago I caught my friend’s breech baby in Omaha, Nebraska. I was thinking of this Monday with a group of midwives and doulas at the lovely Mommy Fitness Omaha with Julie Summers and Kelly Langfeldt of Five Stones Massage and Birth Services. Kelly...

Why Won’t This Labor Start Properly?

This post discusses onset of labor.A woman is commonly considered in labor when her cervix is progressively opening and continuing to open. Stages of labor are the first stage of cervical dilation, the second stage of “pushing” or until the actual birth of...
Flexion Matters

Flexion Matters

The Anterior Positions and LOP At Spinning Babies, fetal position matters. Babies positioned on mother’s left side more often curl and tuck their chins more easily (flexion, flek’-shun). This makes baby’s head measurement smaller and lines up baby with the pelvis to...

Encouragement to a New Baby Spinner

There is much for a birth worker (doula, nurse, midwife, family medicine or obstetrician)to learn at Spinning Babies. There is often a transitionary phase between workshop and confidence. Observe the mother with your new paradigm and listen to intuitive guidance....

His Flipping Was the Talk of OB

 Edited Emails, (Consultation call missing)KC Teasley writes,Dear Gail,I wish to have a natural birth with no medical intervention. My baby is incomplete breech with his left foot by his face. He is also turned to my left. My amniotic fluid levels fluctuate...

Oblique Lie at 35 Weeks

Hi Gail,I’m 35 weeks pregnant (actually 34.5), second baby…  First baby was born at home, this one will be in a hospital for practical reasons.  Baby girl #2 is still changing positions and moving a ton, but she seems to be in an oblique position quite...

Spinning Babies® Perspective

Spinning Babies is not a method. Spinning Babies is a way of looking at childbirth.Here, I see the mother and baby moving together as partners in birth. That makes sense, they each have a role, a choreograph or dance step to do in the birth process.When baby is lined...

Follow the Love

My Other Mother died Friday. Helen was enjoying a wonderful week in sunny Mexico with our friends, Mari, Frank and sons, Ari and Marco. A small sore on her leg, where the doctor had removed a mole three years before, had never healed and was vulnerable to a virulent...

Baby Not Engaged at End of Pregnancy

“I just came out of my doctor’s appointment for 39 weeks. He says no cervical change (cervix is posterior) and baby is still floating.” The cervix can change in hours so dilation is no indication. The posterior aim of the cervix is expected and can...

Daily Essentials Is Gestating Nicely!

Working with Melissa Koch to bring about two videos and watch, from a distance, her produce a video for Sarah Longacre has been a growing experience. How can one small body hold such amazing talent!? She tells the story on film of the vision I had in my head....

Course of Fetal Position Changes

What can you expect for your baby’s position at any given week in pregnancy?Before 24 weeks and sometimes to 28 weeks, the baby is often in the transverse lie. The baby floats in the womb and until the head grows heavy with all those baby thoughts, the baby may...

Arm First- What Is Baby’s Position?

A woman’s labor is progressing. The water sac releases amniotic fluid. The midwife/doctor examines the woman’s cervix. Suddenly, the plan changes from the “routine miracle” of a second birth to an emergency cesarean. Why? The midwife/doctor...

Cesarean Rate

Would you think twice if your hospital’s cesarean rate was higher than the hospital down the street or in the next city?Check out https://www.cesareanrates.comHow do we know before birth if our hospital cesarean rates even matter to OUR birth?My friend...

Orgasmic Italy with Debra Pascali-Bonaro

Agerola is in another world and time far above the tourist speckled Almalfi Coast.  How many of us have ever wanted to be in a time machine to a simpler, kinder kind of life? Exploring Agerola, Italy within the magic of a womens’ retreat offers the kind of time...

Science and Sensibility Blog

Lamaze International has a highly respected blog, Science and Sensibility, on which Sharon Muza, one spunky Lamaze contributor, has just posted Spinning Babies Blog as one of her six favorite blogs for Childbirth Educators.Ok, Sharon. I see what you are up to....

VBAC with an Android Pelvis?

“Help me! I’m recently diagnosed with an android pelvis and have had 2 cesareans. Now I’m desperate for a VBAC for this third baby,” was the comment on pelvic shape elsewhere in this blog.My response? Women with Android shaped pelvises, heart...

Easier ECV?

A US research study, by Carvalho et al, determined that using neuraxial anesthesia during External Cephalic Version (ECV) increases the rate of success from 38% to approximately 60%. By making the uterus more lax and flexible the doctor is able to manipulate the...

Cut, Stapled, and Mended – Gail’s Review

Dear Roanna, I’m three-fourths way through your book. I’ve laughed out loud so many times at your brilliant descriptions of small business, family bed, nursing, alternative healing, and more. Your descriptions of your birth journey astonishes me...

Flipping Good News

There have been several emails and calls about breech babies that have flipped. And a few born vaginally breech. Jenny Varela shares her daughter’s flipping success in her blog, Heavenly Treasure. Jenny visited my site www.SpinningBabies.com at the...

Vaginal Breech Birth in Hudson

TO: Morning Star Women’s Health, St. Louis Park, MN and Menominee, WI Health Foundations Family Health & Birth Center, St. Paul, MNEmme Corbeil & Clare Welter, Trillium Midwifery Care, Minneapolis, MNErin Kaspar-Frett, Earth Mother MidwifeMaureen Dahl,...

The Evidence Base

When I speak in Academia I’m asked if my approach is evidence based. Its funny because first I’m invited. The nurses, like a nurse named Nancy,  tell me how excited they are that I’m coming. They share their goals for integrating the approach...

VBAC Support Valentine’s Day 2013

From a Pregnant Woman hoping for VBAC I am 37 years old and am about to give birth for the second time (I’m at 39 weeks, 2 days).  Thank you so much for your website because I have been reading it and practicing your techniques for optimum baby positioning...

Taking Calls for Breech

The phone is ringing today. Four calls about breech births. The first was a doctor friend who heard a rumor of a bad outcome to a homebirth baby. Did an inexperienced midwife go too far? A Pediatrician told her the baby left NICU with “neurological problems that...

Can Breech Twins Be Helped to Flip Head Down?

Resolution of a Twin Breech Presentation with the Application of Webster and Diversified Chiropractic TechniqueA case study of a mama with breech twins. Read the article at Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family HealthChiropractic. Danita Thomas Heagy,...

Platypelloid Pelvis

“Dear Gail: Just wanted you to know that the VBAC mom with the platypelloid pelvis had a successful unmedicated birth; surges were very intense with back labor for about 2 1/2 hours, mom was about 8cm dilated until the quality changed into a much more do-able...

When Spinning Babies Fails

The success of Spinning Babies lies upon a continuum. Any particular pregnant woman’s ease of her birth can also be thought of as along a continuum. The ease or difficulty of repositioning any particular baby before or during labor also falls along a...

Open to Say Yes!

Ok, three messages about Brazil today, an email inquiry to come do a workshop, Ana Paula Markel’s video newsletter telling about her trip to Brazil, and now another blog, Birth Around the World comes up!That’s a pretty clear message. Didn’t know...

Spinning Babies vs. Ultrasound? Post 1

Penny Simkin alerted me of a new marketing for Ultrasound in childbirth. TrigMed has developed a concept for viewing labor progress -and adding yet another wire, or two or three, depending on use, with their LaborPro devise. TrigMed’s LaborPro… My...

Demystifying the Pelvic Floor Class

Last night, 30 women gathered at Blooma with Leslie Howard, Amy Metry and “Ruby” the pelvic floor model to explore the many facets of the female diamond. Soon we were laughing and learning. Here’s some more about Leslie:Leslie Howard Yoga in the...

DONA International Explores Belly Mapping

General Session Presentations of the17th Annual DONA International ConferenceJuly 21-24, 2011Boston, MAHere are the exciting General Session speakers and topics you can look forward to learning from at the conference. A wonderful variety of Concurrent Session speakers...

Pelvimetry Can Still Be Worth Something

Pelvimetry has been abandoned by many as meaningless. It may not have importance to those who do not know what changes they might make in their practice protocols for variations in pelvi. For those who know that the pelvis is dynamic and changeable, there are women...

How I Came to Be the Spinning Babies Lady

Leslie Lytle, a sponsor for the Spinning Babies and Resolving Shoulder Dystocia Workshops in Richmond, VA this year (2011) asked me how I came to the concepts behind my approach.I didn’t come through academia. The community called me out. In the hospital, I saw babies...

Pelvic Floor Protection

A Spinning Babies visitor- “I along with many women, would greatly appreciate any info you could provide as to what to do during pregnancy and especially during the pushing phase that would prevent pelvic organ prolapse (rectocele, cystocele, uterocele, etc.)...

Blizzard of Breeches

I love this story, so romantic, in the sense of a baby coming during a blizzard.https://douglaston.patch.com/articles/douglaston-brothers-deliver-baby-during-blizzardGuess the baby wanted to test the temp and put his little toes out first. I’d love to know the...

Nurses and Spinning Babies

Today, some sweet Labor and Delivery nurses, who may want to keep quiet about their Spinning Babies plans and do will remain anonymous until they say that I can brag about their individual beautifulnesses, talked with me about what activities they could teach and do...

Car Breech with Yoga Breathing!

Newspapers love to publish car birth stories and the latest in the stream is a breech birth in England. The local hospital closed to births so the parents had drive to a hospital a little farther than labor had time for. A healthy 7 1/2 pound girl was born while the...

Fetal Position and Thyroid

Check out this post at Perfect Health Diet on Thyroid health and breech rates. We have also heard that low thyroid is associated with posterior babies.Optimal TSH levels are not what the current tests indicate. This is obvious to anyone struggling with thyroid...

A Doula Once Again…

Sometimes I ponder if a birth I attend will be my last one. I don’t know, I’ve always been on the verge of some ending or another. This summer God gave me another chance and so did a mother from Wisconsin. Well, actually, I asked her if I could be her...

Breech Updates

The Midwives Alliance conference offered two wonderful presentations on breech. First, Midwife Abby Kinne of Ohio (right, helping a student) taught a day long class emphasizing no-touch but helping midwives get hands-on skills with a wonderful womb-anikin from...

Email If You Have Questions

Some of you post your question on my Inversion blog and I missed someone’ s post until after her due date. Please email me insteadGail @ Spinning Babies Dot Com.Fix the address according to the address need.Come visit the blog. Spinning Babies Blog....

Organic Birth Movie

Congratulations, Debra Pascali-Bonaro on Going GreenAngie and I will be selling Organic Birth at the LAMAZE ICEA CONFERENCE in Milwaukee, WI this coming weekend! Our Spinning Babies exhibit will offer both Organic Birth, 57 minutes, $19.99 and Orgasmic Birth, 72...

Breech Elephant Born

Elephants also have a doula with them during birth. A smart zookeeper knows this. A breech baby elephant was born with the help of doula-elephant Num-Oi in the Melbourne, AUS zoo.I remember hearing about and watching Raja’s birth in the St. Louis zoo some years...

Illinois Tyranny Again

Illinois may be the most dangerous place for a baby to be born at home. State agents, in this case social workers, assume their views supersede parent rights when the doctors and hospital social workers are upset about birth choices.Here’s an attachment...

Optimal Fetal Positioning Gaining Popularity

birth is in bloom.: on optimal fetal positioning.: “A woman I work with asked me yesterday what I know about fetal positioning. She is 38 weeks pregnant. I palpated her belly, but had to admit…”More doulas and midwives are posting more on optimal...

The Wax Melted – Home Birth Is Safe

The British Medical Journalexposes the Wax et. al. Meta-Analysiswhich wrongly claimedthat there were more deathsat homebirthsand wrongly concluded that “the triple infant mortality” was due to the fewer interventions happeningat homebirth.Betty-Anne...

Spinning Babies on the Net

Its fun to come across references to SpinningBabies.com so I thought I’d share one with you. The links are from google…You spin me right round baby right round… – Hackney Birth DoulaIf you’ve got a little tinker in your tummy who...

BellyraMa and Belly Painting

BellyraMA was glorious! 200 yoga mamas, pregnant and new, dads, doulas – and me! Painting bellies along the lake was bliss. The video is too small.”Throughout the day I have received such positive energy from people reacting to your painting – the...

And so She Did!

I got to attend another little breechling yesterday as a doula with our beloved Dr. Denny. What a strong mama! Oh, my.She and her husband live in rural WI and at 38 weeks when her local OB told her that her baby was breech and he was scheduling a cesarean, she just...

Send More Belly Mapping Workbooks!

I love the sound of this:”…need more The Belly Mapping Workbooks.Sold the last one I had this morning”Writing connects many members of a community. I wrote to pregnant women and their doulas, and yes, to the young midwife. Our community is much...

Breech Birth Comparison

Rae Davies sent along a breech birth link of a clinic birth shown on a NYtimes.com clip. She says about the Frank Breech Birth clip I posted in June,”Thank you for sharing this – it’s refreshing to see after I just watched a film by renowned NY Times...

Walcher’s on Tv!

I was tucking my 85 year old Mama in and she had her tv on. A Hallmark channel movie had a midwife leaving a pregnant woman’s house while young “Doc Owen,” rode up on her horse. Suddenly a man galloped up and said his wife was in labor and it...

Breech Sifting

Ok, I haven’t been blogging for a while. Two breech labors lately. Were still waiting for footage from the first to be edited and in the second family the poor little breech guy couldn’t line up on the pelvis so thankfully the warm folks at Hudson, WI...

Natural Birth Is Economically Necessary

Natural birth practices are less expensive as well as better for healthy women and their healthy babies. Even high risk mothers have better health outcomes when lower tech methods and locations are generally used (Margaret Tew). The key is knowing how to combine...

Birth in MN Newspaper!

The Star and Tribune has run three articles lately all favorable to midwifery and childbirth. You wouldn’t think anyone would be opposed to childbirth, would you? Anyway,these articles were glowing. Thank you to reporters Chen May Yee and Josephine...

Friends in the News

Here are a couple cool articles about this “natural birth trend” and they are about friends of mine.Our local Paula Bernini Fiegal’s Birth Center was in the news again with luscious photos of her St. Louis Park mama’s at her new Birth Center on...

Doulas Reform Health Care for 1.5 Million

Another sample of real Health Reform! Thank you, Illinois Senator Durbin!! He worked hard, with others, I’m sure, to get federal monies for community doulas.”Research shows women who use doulas have a significantly lower risk of cesarean, use of medication...

Minnesota Passes Birth Center Law

“Time to celebrate!”The governor signed the birth center bill into law this morning, May 21, 2010! You can see for your self at: https://www.governor.state.mn.us/priorities/legislation/index.htm”What an incredible day for birth centers, midwives, and...

A Beautiful Controversy on Breast Feeding

THE PROBLEM WITH BREASTFEEDING The Breast Way’s interview with James Akre.Read a perspective that will take you deeper than the jingle. A symphony beyond our time, but one that will be playing soon upon the hearts of mothers and the lips of babes:”Removing...

Art-a-Whirl Belly Mapping

First thing, today, Vic and I picked up my glass fusing pendants from Glass Endeavors and stopped out back of the 331 Club to hear The Roe Family Singers with Vic’s Kurt playing mandolin. Kim and Quillan Roe’s little 15-month-old girl, Elspeth warmed up...

Belly Mapping in Michigan Center

Patty Brennan is a Michigan Midwife and Doula trainer with a wide range of excellent and unique education for parents, doulas and midwives on her Center for the Childbearing Year Website. She offers a dual purpose Belly Mapping and Palpation class to parents and...

Belly Mapping Workbook could be improved

Ahh, darn. I found both a mistake and an awkwardness in the center of my new Belly Mapping Workbook.The mistake is in the circle depicting what should be the map of a Left Occiput Posterior baby but has an older map in that placement of an oblique lie (a baby lying...

Breastmilk Is a Cure for Cancer

What about this finding and the probiotics in breastmilk, is there an association ?Its funny that Breastmilk Is a Cure for Cancer and they aren’t announcing it from the roof tops. How could money be made from Mama’s milk??’Til that is answered, who...

The Tears of Breech

The Ottawa Citizen heralds the re-newed Canadian acceptance of vaginal breech birth in Elizabeth Payne’s article, Giving Birth the Natural Way. Andre’ Lalonde, head of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, said last year, “The...

Belly Mapping Workbook at Baby Expo

Tomorrow – er, um, later today, my family and I will be greeting expectant mothers and fathers at the Minnesota Baby and Kid Expo at the Belly Mapping Table. I’ll also be presenting Belly Mapping and also facilitate an Optimal Fetal Positioning...

Please Visit the Okinawan Peace Garden

A wonderful redemption of Peace. The Okinawan people have created a physical representation of Peace as a way of life. Please come visit the pictures.Come visit the blog. Spinning Babies Blog. www.spinningbabies.com

Gail Fails at Cross Cultural Taste Test

Lunch on Monday, March 9, was delicious! Cafeteria dining at the Aquarium made up for the rainy weather. Fresh and zesty, m-m-m. Seaweeds and pickled radishes, amazing vegetables. My mouth was happy to be in Okinawa! Supper was a little more challenging,...

Belly Mapping Mama

I’m out on the web regularly to see what women are saying about Belly Mapping. Sometimes I find older posts. This one from Ann of Loxley on Mothering.com is fantastic. She wroteabout trying to figure out if her third baby was breech or not, after a previous...

Low Hormones and Posterior Babies!?

I’ve been promoting iodine in pregnancy for a couple years now.And didn’t even guess low thyroid levels could be related to posterior fetal position! I just had a hunch we were seeing more slow starts to labor, to the frustration of the mothers and to a...

Where Fear Is Seen as Competency

Another surge of gratitude for not having gone through the system.Read this insightful report of this test for an “OB” class.https://myhousesmellslikevanilla.blogspot.com/2009/12/reflections-on-exam-of-doom.htmlThe blogger, I can’t see her name,...

Funny! More Breech Coincidences

Ok, this is getting weird.I got a series of calls from three women who are all friends in WA state looking for support for the one of them who is at term (pregnant and due) and whoses baby is suddenly breech. They wondered if I knew of any breech resources in...

Teri Posted My Breech Update Pics!

Ok, the topic of breech is so daily in my life right now. I wish I was done with my other projects to travel somewhere for more training. Somethings up. At least we are working on a related project….more on that when its manifested. I got another call today from...

Coalition for Breech Birth Conference

Life made sure I went to the Coalition for Breech Birth Conference in Ottawa, Canada.Robin Guy and her Coalition co-madres joined efforts with UnderstandingBirthBetter.com Midwife Betty-Anne Daviss. They brought several top breech experts to Canada to share their hope...

Fun w Belly Mapping

This post from an expectant mother’s blog lifted my spirits today.”We also got to find out our baby’s position in the womb (called belly mapping). S/He was enthusiastically responding to our hands. So our baby’s back is on my left side and the...

“Women always have a choice. The question is not whether they have a choice, but are they willing to make a choice.” – Kim Wildner,in Midwifery Today Issue 68, Winter 2003, “The Ties that Bind, How Belief Creates Birth Realities”This is...

More on the Value of Apprenticeship

Considering the ACNM letter of late, I hope that each of you would take the time to promote the apprenticeship model of care. If midwives are only trained in institutional settings, how would we learn normal birth (home birth?) Institutional settings utilize...

New Navigation at Spinning Babies

I fixed the messy menu problem. I don’t know why I didn’t get the fix earlier. I thought I’d double clicked on some extension or module. But, no, it was just me being wordy. Now cleaner.Please visit www.SpinningBabies. comCome visit the blog....

Can this cause a breech position?

“Hi Gail,”I wanted to run something by you… We had a client a couple weeks ago with a somewhat irregular but progressive labor pattern, and we used the rebozo to do a little sifting, plus some abdominal lifting (which seemed to regulate and intensify...

Obama, what we can do for health care

Jennifer Block is, again, on her toes.https://rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2009/07/29/wheres-the-birth-plan”Compared to healthy women who get standard obstetric care and deliver on high-tech labor and delivery wards, women with low-risk pregnancies who get care with...

Be part of a breech study

Heads Up! Study on Breech Pregnancy and Birth If you gave birth to a breech baby, or if your baby was breech at some point during pregnancy, we would like to invite you to participate in a research study. Please share this announcement with others who might be...

Natural still better after cesarean…

Janna Farley wrote an excellent article on the high value of vaginal birth after a previous cesarean (VBAC). Her article caught my attention because one of the mother’s interviewed describes her cesarean as necessary for a posterior baby who didn’t descend...

Spinning Babies on the top 100

A busy student radiologist has gifted Spinning Babies on her top 100.She calls her list, 100 Best Health Blogs for Soon-to-be Moms. Fun!See who L. Fabry has picked. From the familar to the unusual…Come visit the blog. Spinning Babies Blog....

More from John on Breast milk!

My husband’s son John is a published young scientist who recently presented at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry on his research team’s discoveries about human breast milk. I have no idea what phosphorylation is, but here’s some highlights....

Breech Birth Coalition is having a conference

Breech Conference registration for October 15-16, 2009 in Ottawa, Canada …do whatever you can do to be here. “Let’s make some noise.”- Robin www.breechbirth.caDenying vaginal breech birth is a human rights violation in that it forces a woman to...

Lamaze on Canada’s breech news

Amy Romano wrote a brief bit yesterday in her Lamaze Science and Sensibility blog about the history of Canada’s change to support vaginal breech birth from the Term Breech Trial to this month’s decision by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of...

The baby is born!

This beautiful family has just welcomed their baby girl. She was born alert and vigorous, (Apgars 9 and 9) welcomed by two smiling doctors, two wonderful, calm nurses and two doulas (me with the camera). The Dad was confident and this mother truly radiant, practical...

Canada recommends vaginal breech birth

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecology Canadian has switched to supporting vaginal breech birth. The next step for Canada is to train their doctors to catch babies who come butt or feet first. Read Carla Wintersgill’s article “C-section not best...

Twins and Spinning Babies

For optimal fetal positioning with twins, use the same 3 Principles of Spinning Babies that you use for a single baby.Manual cephalic version (when the doctor or midwife manipulates the baby into a head down position) is too risky for most twin breeches.Bring your...

What should I do to help my breech baby turn?

Dear Gail,I was wondering what yoga position is good to help turn a baby. I have tried laying on a board upside down and my lower back gets really soar. I went to the chiropractor today and she is going to see me [again]. I am wondering what else I can do to turn this...

Chance to promote midwifery

Senator Berglin’s Birth Center Bill if passed, would provide the most amazing opportunity to promote midwifery that this nation has ever experienced.While physicians can certainly establish and/or work at birth centers, the birth center is commonly associated...

Competition among birth places

The new Birth Center Bill is gaining grumpy support. Grumpy, because though hospital birth practitioners support Senator Berglin’s bill there is a lot of behind scenes gossip that having birth centers will take the patients from area hospitals. Hospitals are...

Reducing the Cesarean Rate

One of the ways to reduce the Cesarean rate is with the Pelvic Floor Release. The pelvic floor is a strong bowl of muscles that has a front-to-back opening for the baby to go through. A crooked or tight pelvic floor lengthens the birth, increases OP position and...

KFAI Radio today

Support our birth activists on International Womens’ Day!KFAI, 90.3 Minneapolis11 am Cesarean Voices (Twin Cities Chapter of ICAN)11:30 Midwives and Doulas (with Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra and Gail Tully and friends)Come visit the blog. Spinning Babies Blog....

Susan’s legislative update

Susan Lane for the MN Better Birth Coalition:”We have four bills, one almost done, one introduced but not heard and two in preparation.The one that passed the Senate today (SF 401) gives women in Minnesota hospitals the right to continuous doula from a certified...

Thank you, Salma Hayek

When I was nursing my youngest, now 19, three of us breastfeeding mothers would trade off with our babies and toddlers for two hours of free time each week. Occasionally during that short time, if one of my friend’s babies was hungry I’d nurse them. They...

One more Pulsatilla try

Well, After 38 hours of labor, our 5th posterior baby within two weeks, was born OP.Starting at home was useful. Progress began to improve following ten abdominal lifts done while maintaining a pelvic tuck (flattening the lower back). Still, labor was so gradual and...

Posterior labors at home

Among the three Trillium midwives, Clare Welter, Emme Corbeil and myself, we had 4 posterior babies at the beginning of the labors last week. Yes, in one week.Each of these women took a deep dose of Pulsatilla. I’m not saying which dose, because I’m not...

Minnesota Birth is Live

Gail’s new website, MinnesotaBirth.com is live and growing. A referral source for birth and pregnancy related services and products in Minnesota. Word of mouth referral is key here.Not meant to be a corporate site, this is a friendly, grass roots info site for...

Birth Centers in Minnesota

Read the health care article in the Minneapolis Tribune,called DFLers vow to fight for health care aid.Senator Linda Berglin, D, has shared her Birth Center bill wording with Minnesota Better Birth Coalition lead, Susan Lane. Susan then showed us Trillium midwives who...

Inversion after baby flips?

Several women have emailed in asking what they should do after their breech babies flipped to head down. At this time, I recommend continuing to do a short, 30-second inversion on most days. Here is Chiropractor and Craniosacral Therapist, Carol Phillips helping a...

The ethics of intuition

Clare and I were talking today at Kat Man Do on Grand in St. Paul (eat there, its spicy and delicious!).When a mother calls me to help with her birth, I occasionally get a premonition of how it will go. Not in detail, but enough. It might be a split second view or a...

March 9th March

Better Birth. Lower Cost.Join the Minnesota Better Birth Coalition Facebook group.We’ll be marching to our state Capitol by noon on Monday, March 9th, 2009 with signs and strollers and slings. Several birth, postpartum, and early parenting groups are united for...

My comadres are at the Riverview watching the inauguration on the big theater screen. My comadres are my two midwife partners, Emme Corbeil, CPM and Clare Welter, CNM.Emme took this photo of the full house at Riverview.I’m home working on a new and upcoming...

Christmas Day – One year later

Reflecting back on December, one year after the death of my niece from brain cancer. I had expected to spend 2,3,4 days a week with my sister this month. Last year I was with her every day, but one, in the month of December as we cared for her daughter, in their home,...

All together

Marion was the doula for a lovely couple having their first baby. I’m hoping they tell their story on the Spinning Babies Website. I’d gotten to meet them when their baby was still breech -he spontaneously flipped head down at 37 weeks gestation. Not...

Midwifery Now!

Midwifery Now! is a Minnesota midwifery 501C3 Organization listed in our state’s midwifery statute as the agency responsible for submitting potential members to the Midwifery Advisory Board to the MN Board of Medical Practitioners.We started MNow! in about 1998...

Palpating today

Clare Welter and I were invited to palpate (feel with our hands) this Mama’s baby both yesterday and today. Clare took these photos today.Yesterday the baby was breech. I asked to attend the Ultrasound today and if I could palpate again, before the ultrasound,...

Midwives and Spinning Babies

For those of us who learned midwifery before the late 90s, before the fusion of midwifery education with the homebirth world, before doulas and Penny Simkin’s physical therapy techniques came to the aid of birthing women,the idea of midwife-directed techniques...

Home Birth Surge

New York Times Home and Garden section featured an article on homebirth- Bringing Baby Home.”…in 2006 home births accounted for only one-half of 1 percent of the city’s 125,506 reported births. But local midwives say they have been swamped with calls and...

Sign the premmie petition!

The March of Dimes notes a sharp rise in what they call Late Prematurity. Babies who are almost term, but not quite. They attribute this, in large part, to the increase in inductions in the US.One of their points on this petition is3. We call on hospitals and health...

Duluth is so BOLD

Duluth’s Northland Birth Network presented an amazing trio of BOLD performances this past weekend. Actually, four performances; the first was a private showing for medical professionals. How brilliant is that?Birth on Labor Day (BOLD) has been a September...

My step son’s UCDavis research on Breast Milk

What an amazing journey for this young man.My husband Vic’s son, John, has been studying breast milk for a few years now. The team he works with just published.In the article photo, you can see John in the back, to your left, bearded in the dark jacket- another...

Orgasmic Birth

The Minnesota screening of Debra Pascali-Bonaro’s documentary, Orgasmic Birth; The best kept secret, was a delightful success. The Riverview Theater, last Thursday, September 25th, felt between a celebration and a family reunion. So many new families greeting...

AMA against homebirth, DONA for choice in birth

From the US News and World Report opinion pageSupport for Home BirthsYou covered Ricki Lake’s controversial documentary about homebirths which instigated a growing battle between the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American...

Vertical Birth

Here is the Vertical Birth video recommended by Debra Pascali-Bonaro from her Orgasmic Birth blog. Make sure you read Mariana’s blog. Mariana Bazo was the photographer for Vertical Birth. Wow.Come visit the blog. Spinning Babies Blog....

Midwife in Mozambique

PBS aired a compelling story about midwives learning to do cesarean surgery to fill the shortage of doctors in rural Mozambique.The young midwife featured is shown conducting a couple of repeat cesareans. One for a placental abruption for which uncontrolled bleeding...

Another risk of cesarean surgery

A 26-yr old woman was 8-weeks pregnant and experiencing some light bleeding. Her previous birth was by cesarean section. When an ultrasound was done to see the cause of her bleeding the technician could find no baby in her womb. Instead, the baby was developing in the...

Orgasmic Birth in the Twin Cities

An amazing gathering of concerned birth activists are joining talents to bringDebra Pascali-Bonaro to Minneapolis/St. Paul with her film, Orgasmic Birth. We are excited to have this venue to inspire women into a new awareness of their ability to give birth.You can buy...

Menomonie Birth Center Visit

I’m staying this weekend at the Morning Star Womens’ Health and Birth Center in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Paula Bernini is the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) who nurtures this Victorian era “home” with antiques, birth motif and amazing...

ScienceDaily (May 29, 2008) — During labor, the continued presence of a doula – an experienced non-medical female companion who provides continuous labor support – has significant beneficial effects for middle- and upper-class women in childbirth, even when they have...

Read the Conscious Woman blog on Michel Odent’s comments about his Daily Mail interview about men at birth. In fact, here is Raquel’s post: Michel Odent on Men at Childbirth I just received another email regarding the Daily Mail article that quoted Michel...

Men at birth, Odent’s view

Dr. Michel Odent was interviewed on his view about men in the birthing room. His view is that men should not be present at birth. Read the article.There has been a lot of buzz in the local emails and I thought I’d share my response.This freedom from ideological...

updating site

Hang on, I’m updating the shareware for SpinningBabies.comIt will look different and be different. You may not find what you’ve seen before.If you can’t find something important to you, email me and I’ll work on it.Be warned, though, I am not...

Birthing in the Field

Hi Gail, I thought I’d send you a link to my blog where the birth story for Adeline Louise is located www.merfaeries.blogspot.com The Inversion worked to turn her from breech to vertex but like her sister before her, AddyLou decided to present in the persistent...

Safety and Risk

Like all matters of the heart,As in all true passions of art,Birth calls for the fullness of your madness.Too reserved and cautious an approach will be met with equal fears and self protection.To give ourselves fully is to be met fully,For Spirit responds as is...

Minneapolis Birth ranks high

Alisa Blackwood, a local doula here, sent this around today: Fit Pregnancy magazine has named Minneapolis the 2nd best city to have a baby in (behind Portland, Ore.). One of the reasons?”Minneapolis has one doula for every 37 live births, the highest ratio in...

Alternative to Induction

Wanna know the Spinning Babies way to help a baby settle down on the cervix?First, Help the mother, according to her intuitions, choice, conscience, agreement and/or inclinations, toStraighten (balance) the lower uterine segment withSacral release 3-10 minutes Sifting...

Sifting with the Rebozo scarf (Manteado)

The sound is loud on this short video, but you can see some of the features of sifting.”Mom” is on her knees on a pillow.She rests her head on a chair. Her arms are relaxed and her belly is away from the chair. The rebozo cradles the baby. The helper...

The passage of trust

Yesterday, Deb McLaughlin came down from Duluth for a craniosacral meeting and stopped by my house for a lovely afternoon lunch and walk to the Minnesota River. (Yes, I know it was an icicle’s width above zero. We were bundled and warmed by friendship.)Deb then...

Thank you for the kindnesses

Thank you for your kind thoughts and emails on the passing of my niece, Meaghann. She slipped away from us day by day saving the date to join Christ until Christmas Day.I’m so grateful it was Christmas Day, because my sister will always be with family on that...

To try labor if baby is anterior

I’ve been contacted by a woman in southern Europe who is trying to decide if she should travel to a place where she can labor and give birth or to stay in her city and accept a cesarean without labor. What a position this mother finds herself in! What a...

Doulas too?

One more post here in response to Joyce McFadden’s blog From Doulas to Doctors; Women are still dismissed.” Here is an extract :A woman says to her male doctor, “Since the surgery I have pain right here.” The doctor says, “That’s...

If Men could have babies?

I’ve heard it again. “If men had babies….” Joyce McFadden’s blog entry “From Doulas to Doctors” explains well the emotional disruption of being ignored in your own birth process. She says, and the brackets are also hers,...

What we know about fetal positioning

Spinning Babies is only one piece of evidence for the growing interest in fetal positioning. Parents, midwives, nurses and doulas are increasingly interested in how a baby’s position may influence a birth. Physicians have been studying this connection for...

Rebozo for Comfort in Labor

Fabian relaxes Ayanna with the Mexican Rebozo. The Rebozo is a long, woven scarf used for a variety of purposes. Here, the birthing mother feels relaxed by the lifting and gentle rocking of her heavy belly. She is in between contractions. Fabian will slow down, stop...

Three thank yous

Three thank yous came my way to day. And I would first like to pass them on to the sources from which the information came to me; first God, then my midwifery and doula community, and then to the body work community.Here is the emailed thanks,Thank you for getting...

Doula means servant

First, I had to get over the funny sound of the word “doula.”Then, I had to remember a short and accurate way to describe what a doula does.Quite a while later, I found out that some doulas didn’t like being associated with the original Greek...

Stormy night

What a storm last night. I was up at 2 30 am writing for my website and thinking of falling over into bed. Then I heard the sirens of the town to the west of us. Soon a rushing sound came from the west. It got louder and closer. Not real fast, slow enough to track it...

August 27, 1983

I just wanted to say that yesterday was Faith’s 24th birthday. I was expecting to film her birth when the midwife was quite late and I found my self catching Faith. She was the first baby I caught and she made a dramatic appearance as a frank breech. Her Apgars...

Better titles are needed for posterior topics

Three second-time moms have just contacted me with the same basic question. Two are 39 weeks pregnant and one was a little less. Each just discovered her baby is posterior. Each ask if something can be done to avoid another long labor with back ache, like their first...

Breech unassisted

Two weeks ago there were two couples in the Twin Cities Metro area with plans for unassisted home birth. Both couples discovered their babies were breech. They didn’t know each other and I only met one couple. That couple called me suspecting their baby was...

Due date?

“My baby will be born on its birthday, not its due date. I am not in ahurry. I am not on a schedule. I am patient. When I am in labor, Iwill not rely on the clock to tell me how fast to go. I am not afactory. I am a powerful woman, birthing a new person into the...

Helping with the birth of twins

I was thrilled to be invited to help out two of my friend midwives with a family expecting twins. I’d only been to one homebirth twin birth and that was early on when even squeezing the bulb syringe deserved a review. After meeting me, the parents agreed to...

Rotating a posterior baby in pregnancy

Meanwhile, the woman in the previous post (from earlier today) realized her baby had been left occiput posterior (LOP). “His” back had been on her left and his fingers busy in front. The baby rode high and she couldn’t lean forward without discomfort...

After 3 cesareans, a home birth

Here is a woman’s truly inspirational story. Watch Aidan’s birth. Shown on onetruemedia.com As a midwife, I have been blessed to share several such journeys. Theresa’s comments depict her emotional feelings. She had a transforming experience before...

Empowering (Movie) Birth

I don’t follow the Hollywood stars but I have heard the name Rikki Lake. She’s put together a movie about birth in America. Her birth, her friend’s birth. She calls it The Business of Birth.Its reaching the tv generation and ends with a warning from...

Doulas as the key to continuous care

A mother told me this story. Her baby was a couple weeks old. The birth went well, but now a fever and redness on her breast worried her. She called her midwife who wasn’t clear about what it was. Whatever she told her to do may not have been enough, or soon...

The Inversion Worked

“Gail,”Thank you so much for your help and information. She began the inversion pose, and when she went in on Friday for the version, the baby had turned! YES!”This email note was from a local doula who was helping a pregnant woman who found out her...

The Tsunami of Technocratic Reproduction

The natural birthing community is feeling the oppressive weight of the technoreproductive tide that threatens to wash out all birth as nature designed it. I remember the Florida nurse that told me her hospital administrators told their doctors to get to a 50% cesarean...

The Elephant Birth

See the elephant tribe give birth. This elephant mother moves instinctively. Watch her legs. She isn’t trying to kick the baby. She is easing the stretching she feels in her hips and the weight she feels bearing down into her upper thighs. I may be heady to...

Cord cutting

In the 1950s some cord cutting data was obtained. The recommendation to delay cord cutting was made. Sometimes it takes 50 years for a good idea to take. Here’s a current study that states the benefit again:Delay Cutting the Umbilical Cord, Research SuggestsBy...

The Tipping Point of Birth?

The book, The Tipping Point, by Macolm Gladwell reports on how small ideas grow among the right combination of people grow to marketing miracles or tragic epidemics of harmful behavior. He describes how some creative thinkers designed children’s educational...

Morning window

As I sit at the computer and type this am, the sky is a bright winter blue. Sunlight angles low across the thin blanket of snow. The cool browns of four oaks and a basswood cast purple lines upon the lawn. Upwards, hundreds of dappled branches across the blue.Four...

Web wisdom needed

In trying to ask what Spinning Babies Web readers need I find that the lack of comments may have to do with not having the blog linked on my website!What I need is web wisdom.Jen’s Lactavist blog is charming. Found a smart preview of shoulder dystocia techniques...

What do you need?

I often wonder what the readers of Spinning Babies Website need. How could the main site be better for you personally?This is an informal survey. Please post a comment to tell me what would make this site better so that you can find the information you want about...

A woman’s right?

Why is it called a woman’s right when only physicians are given the right to do it?Which phrase would be better for business? A woman’s right or a physician’s right?If it weren’t a business matter why would abortion be illegal outside a...

A Positive View on What to do for Safe Childbirth

I realize that in my last post I propose the problem of status quo in the demise of maternity care.What might be more constructive for parents seeking change is to read about what does improve the birth experience.Some organizations have devoted much effort developing...

Just for fun, birth photographer

I love to photograph births, but this birth photographer surprised even me.See birth of healthy, hip Japanese baby.If you can’t see video screen, click here.Come visit the blog. Spinning Babies Blog. www.spinningbabies.com

Spreading the Care for Truth

Everything I learn I apply to birth. How does any particular new knowledge corelate with what I know of the community of birth, the physiology of birth and/or the marketing of birth practices. The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson (Riverhead Books, 2006) chronicles the...

Learning about Blogs

I’ve been reading Blogging for Your Business by Byron and Broback, and have gotten inspired. I read Christy Santoro’s https://midwifeinmorocco.blogspot.com/and am even more inspired. But I’m a little lost in the where to click to make it come alive....

Welcome

These videos, photos and musings are filmed, taken or written by Gail Tully or others in our world wide community of birthing parents and activists.Come visit the blog. Spinning Babies Blog. www.spinningbabies.com

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