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While developing more finesse for our Spinning Babies® Parent Class, a delightful email arrives praising the benefit one woman received from the windmill exercise. This exercise is named after the lifting and rotating of our arms to achieve a nice stretch in our muscles and fascia between our lungs and ribs.

windmills from Spinning Babies Daily Essentials video

Windmills adds a gentle stretch to the back end. Loosening up the deeper muscles of the buttocks is good because it lets them lift off the sciatic nerve (think of the relief of relieving hip or leg pain). We list windmills as one of our recommended daily activities on our website. See Sarah Longacre of Blooma do the windmills on our Daily Essentials video. Whether you are pregnant or not, ten windmills a day add comfort and ease for your lower back.

 

Being Black and Pregnant

Being pregnant and black is associated with a risk of dying three times more often than being white and pregnant in the United States. This is not true around the world, which shows this is specifically related to US society. Risk is the same regardless of income and education – I interpret this as a sign of toxic non-support due to institutionalized anti-black racism and its horrifying effect on maternity.

pregnant woman and child listening to baby

Of course, black midwives and black communities have been seeking to support birthing families since slavers forced Africans to this continent. After the immediate violence, trans-generational trauma continues to harm the health of pregnant people and babies. Social support, nutrition, and techniques to activate the parasympathetics like the Fantastic Four (discussed below) are worth incorporating into the pregnancy care practices for black families in accessible ways which celebrate the incoming generations.

Spinning Babies honors the Grand Challenge of Vicki Penwell, Jennie Joseph, and Claudia Booker to open a seat to birthworkers of color by every organization giving training to birth workers. Spinning Babies and the Spinning Babies® Approved Trainers offer a spot to every provider workshop (Spinning Babies® Workshop; Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies®; and Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training) to a matching participant of Color. For instance, a local Childbirth Educator who has taken a Spinning Babies® Workshop can email info@SpinningBabies.com and indicate an interest in attending the four-day training. All other conditions are just as for other participants. We honor midwife Claudia Booker as our advisor on this scholarship and thank her.

Jennie Joseph provides a proven pregnancy approach to reduce premature birth and stillbirth for pregnant black families. Please check out CommonsenseChildbirth.org and get started.

Spinning Babies is also supportive of Melinda Gates and the Gates Foundation for deciding to take on the challenge.

Birth Tip: Four Restorative Techniques

The Three Sisters of Balance℠ are three techniques we at Spinning Babies® put in this order to gently sift or jiggle the abdomen, align the lower uterus so baby has room to settle head down for birth, and gently address the muscles to the pelvis to relieve pain and also make room for baby. These techniques include: Rebozo Sifting, Forward-Leaning Inversion, and Sidelying Release. Putting them in this order is part of our brand trademark (please note the ℠, or “service mark,” after the name which means using the name or teaching them in this order to a class, or promoting your services using our trademark identity without a license from Spinning Babies is a no-no).

Where ever three sisters are there likely cousins, friends, and sometimes even late-in-life little siblings! We bring in Standing Sacral for the mobility of the sacrum.  These four techniques together are fantastic, hence being called the Fantastic Four. Bookmark the list to use them once or twice a week. But you can use them more – we recommend Forward-Leaning Inversion daily!

Forward-Leaning Inversion

 

Birth Story

“I just wanted to share my birthing testimony with you ladies. I’ll make it short! I started going into false labor a month before my due date. Closer to my due date my contractions got closer together but very inconsistent. I found out that baby had not yet engaged at all from a check up at almost 40 weeks and I was pretty sure she was sunny-side-up [posterior]. I had purchased the relaxing yoga routine from the Spinning Babies® website and started doing that at about 36 weeks to de-stress and relax. The windmill exercise was a lifesaver on my back.

I was worried about being forced into a cesarean delivery being past 40 weeks. So I browsed around the website at 40 wks and 3 days and decided to try the Fantastic Four. I did 3 sets of each of the four stretches spaced out in the day with my husband’s help. I was getting in bed for the night and felt baby literally spin! I texted my family and shared with them that I thought I would have my baby in the morning. Boy was I right! Not even 10 minutes later, I felt a pop and my water broke! We went to the hospital where I experienced the birth of my dreams. Completely unmedicated (they made me get a fluid iv, though), labored upright and on my side for 3 hours and pushed for just 20 min. Perfect baby girl 6 pounds 12 oz.

Dancee with newborn baby girl

I have pointed every pregnant momma I encounter to this website! Aside from my other exercise program and mindset preparation, this helped me so much engaging baby and get me to my dream birth. Tell the ladies thank you so much for setting up this website and sharing so much knowledge with the world! It truly was empowering! ” – Dancee Pinkston, Fearless Momma

Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator Training

Childbirth educators, please consider entering our Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator Training. When certified, you will be able to teach a Spinning Babies® Parent Class module to pregnant parents. Your own personal teaching revolution starts with a Spinning Babies® Workshop.

“Why do I love teaching Spinning Babies® Parent Classes so much?! Because it works!” – Shanna Baker Switzer, SpBCPE

Upcoming Spinning Babies® Workshops

MARCH

1 – Nieuwleusen(Overijssel), Nederland – Spinning Babies® Workshop met Jennifer Walker

4 – Bellevue, WA – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Gail Tully – SOLD OUT

5 – Seattle, WA – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Gail Tully – SOLD OUT

6 – Sterling, IL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/Tammy Ryan

7 – Seattle, WA – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Gail Tully – SOLD OUT

7 – Washington DC – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt – SOLD OUT

7-8 – Oslo, Norway- Spinning Babies® Workshop w/Jennifer Walker

8 – Washington DC – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Lorenza Holt – SOLD OUT

9 – Seattle, WA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Gail Tully

9 – Chicago, IL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT

9-10 – Oslo, Norway- Spinning Babies® Workshop w/Jennifer Walker

15 – Huntsville, AL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

19 – Lincoln, IL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/Tammy Ryan

22 – Helsinki, Finland – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Jennifer Walker

23 – Helsinki, Finland – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Jennifer Walker

23 – Biddeford, ME – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt

23 – Toronto, ON Canada – Spinning Babies Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT

29 – Las Vegas, NV – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

30-31 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Jennifer Walker

APRIL

6-7 – Fürstenfeld, Austria – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Jennifer Walker

9 – Middletown, CT – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Lorenza Holt

8-9 – Halmstad, Sweden – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

9-10 – Fürstenfeld, Austria – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Jennifer Walker

15-18 – The Netherlands – Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training

25 – Arlington, TN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

27 – St. James, MO – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

MAY

4 – Hamburg, Germany – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop with Jennifer Walker

9 – Greensboro, NC – Spinning Babies® Integration Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

10 – Greensboro, NC – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

11 – Greensboro, NC – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

11-12 – Switzerland – Spinning Babies w/ Jennifer Walker

24 – Wichita, KS – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

JUNE

1 – Indianapolis, IN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

4 – Cleveland, OH – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

5 – Cleveland, OH – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

8 – Pensacola, FL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

16 – Lake Orta, Italy – Doula Retreat with Spinning Babies® w/ Jennifer Walker

22 – New Orleans, LA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/Tammy Ryan

25-26 – סדנא ספינינג בייביס

JULY

13 – Bend, OR – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

17-18 – Birmingham, UK – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

20-23 – Toronto, Canada – Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training

21-22 – Colchester, Essex, UK – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

AUGUST

1 – Westminster, CO – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

3 – Salida, CO – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

23 – Berlin, Germany – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Jennifer Walker

24 – Braunschweig, Germany – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Jennifer Walker

26-27 – Houston, Texas – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

SEPTEMBER

3-4 – Maui, Hawaii – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

8-9 – Honolulu, Hawaii – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

OCTOBER

12 – Des Moines, IA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/Tammy Ryan

14-17 – Seattle, USA – Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training

18 – Montgomery, AL – Spinning Babies® Integration Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

19 – Montgomery, AL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

26 – Cleveland, TN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

NOVEMBER

11-14 – Jerusalem – Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training

See all upcoming events on our calendar here.

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