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The Spinning Babies® Blog

Birth Positions – Monthly Update

Birth Positions - Which One Does What? Spinning Babies® has introduced a new way of choosing birth positions to a wider reach of pregnant parents and the birth care providers who serve them. All-fours (hands-and-knees, or knee-elbow as shown below) has been a favorite...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ROT...

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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 in...

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More Chat on Sidelying Release

Reference the instructions on Sidelying 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 Sidelying Release Have the shoulders aligned before...

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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:...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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