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 often...
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...
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 it’s portrayal of a stalled labor at 4 cm. The...

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 We do this with our Daily Essentials video (stream, download, or buy the...

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...