Oh, it’s been quite a summer. After a gestation far longer than nine months, Spinning Babies® gave birth to nine new Approved Trainers! This summer we welcomed 40 new trainees in our Aware Practitioner program and over 30 new Parent Educators! They’ll soon be on our online listing once they finish their final step of preparation!
All of us are eager to explore who we are now in our expanding service to birthing families and bringing forth the message of Spinning Babies® to parents and providers. See our happy photos from the Approved Trainer Training and check out the 100(!) workshops currently open for registration around the world.
Our new eBook is here! I am so excited to offer this practical guide and 6-day program for parents – “Helping Your Breech Baby Turn”.
I noticed orange-red leaves on the southern boughs of a Maple Tree today. These are the first I’ve seen. The air is crisp and moving. While I hang on to summer, I happily anticipate the annual dive into organizing and writing that September brings me. Is this 13 years plus of school conditioning? I get so happy when I smell just sharpened pencils!
Have a great birth,
Meet Our New Approved Trainers
Seven midwives and two labor and delivery nurses came together after months of preparation to teach together in the tiny hamlet of Two Harbors, Minnesota. They are teaching around the world from Paris, Auckland, Canberra, New York, Seattle, and many more places! Find their workshops listed below and on our events calendar!
Our nine new trainers:
Left to right, Rhea Williams, Claire Eccleston, Tema Mercado, Anna Maria Rossetti, Kelly Dungan, Our pregnant volunteer, Jenny Blyth, Gail Tully, Maíra Libertad, Fiona Hallinan (next to Gail) Nikki Zerfas.
A group of us at Tettegouche State Park:
We received a beautiful birth story from Emma, who was able to help her baby flip head down from breech and achieve her VBAC using Spinning Babies® techniques. Here is her story:
“I achieved my successful VBAC 13 days ago! I just wanted to send a thank you for your incredibly resourceful website. I followed the daily exercises and did the daily yoga throughout my pregnancy and was also able to turn my Bub head down from breech with the help of your website. At the start of my labor, my baby was in the most ideal position and everything went quick and perfectly and I know that it was because of the knowledge and practical things I was able to learn from your website. So thank you so much. This birth was so amazing for me and I couldn’t have done it so easily without Spinning Babies.”
Birth Tip: One hand, two hands
Tip for Forward-leaning Inversion. When lowering into Forward-leaning Inversion we want to avoid falls or worries about falling. We also want to get the technique correct. Here’s Gail’s tip for getting upside down for comfort now in pregnancy and ease later in labor:
Kneel on a firm surface no higher above the floor than your knee. Most people choose their living room couch, but actually the landing above a regular set of stairs allows for easy control of moving up and down (not the stairs in Amsterdam, however! They are so steep!). Leave a small distance from your knee to the edge so when your knee rolls forward you are still supported.
Before going down, knee upright a second so that your spine is over your thighs (rather than sitting on your heels). This high kneeling position is what is the finishing position. It’s a helpful position for your uterus and ligaments to settle finally in. So I say, “Start in the ending position.”
Now go to the “safety position” with both hands on the edge of your couch or other surface. This places your hands next to your knees. Your hips are near your feet when you are in the safety position before moving your hand to the floor or down the steps.
Move only one hand first. Don’t dive!! Move one hand then the other. When both hands are on the floor you can then bend one elbow and then the other to create the support of your forearms bracing you. Your elbows are out and your hands touch each other. I say, “One hand, two hands, one elbow, two elbows.” Now tuck your chin.
Relaxing your belly, see if you feel comfortable taking three slow breaths. Some people will feel a pounding in their head if they’re not used to going upside down. If you feel uncomfortable, come up early. After doing FLI a couple times, maybe four, that will stop. Discomfort in the back and shoulders may be due to having your shoulders too far forward. Steeper is more comfortable, but not too steep for yourself. Experiment. Don’t go upside down if you have high blood pressure, weak shoulders or back, or other medical or fall risks! Be sensible.
Come up one hand at a time, take a breath halfway up. Then, bring your hips back over your feet to return to the safety position again. Take a breath here again to avoid lightheadedness. Then come up to the final position, a high kneeling position. Be careful. Hold on to someone or something the first few times if you start this after 30 weeks so you know where your center of gravity is before moving too fast.
The Forward-leaning Inversion is a gem for comfort for your back and general pregnancy as well as enhancing ease in cervical dilation. This technique from Dr. Carol Phillips, DC, adds comfort in labor and helps overcome stalls in some labors, especially when baby is low or the cervix is nearly fully dilated or is dilated fully. The surprising paradox is going upside down in labor for one contraction can help many labors return to a normal rate of progress – or even be faster and easier – than without a Forward-leaning Inversion.
Emma Hines, new mom, says “My favourite technique was the Forward-leaning inversion and at one stage during the pregnancy my baby turned breech and the FLI, as well as the breech tilt, turned him back head down very quickly.” Are you pregnant in your third trimester and have a breech baby? You might like to buy our NEW eBook Helping Your Breech Baby Turn to see how you can use FLI and the breech tilt for your pregnancy. Get it here.
What is a Spinning Babies® Workshop?
The Spinning Babies® Workshop is a hands-on workshop that introduces the Spinning Babies® approach to pregnancy comfort, labor progress, and easier birth. Recent praise for the workshop:
“I have taken [the Spinning Babies® Workshop] twice now and every time I learn a lot of great stuff! I come back and teach everything I know to my co-workers on nightshift. I have to tell you that it so gratifying when the doctors see us coming in, they all say ‘Great! We are going to start delivering now!’ Before we started using Gail’s techniques no one really thought about fetal position much and our NTSV rate was around 33%. Our Hospital rate for the current year is now about 17% we have dreams of getting it down to 15% overall. Tell Gail to keep up her very important work!”
Interested? Check out our upcoming workshops below.
12-13 – Augusta, ME – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt – SOLD OUT
15 – Phoenix, AZ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
18 – Los Angeles, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nicole Morales – SOLD OUT
27 – Southern Pines, NC – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
1 – Geelong, VIC, Australia – Spinning Babies® w/ Fiona Hallinan – SOLD OUT
11 – Hamilton, NZ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston – SOLD OUT
13 – Seattle, WA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan – SOLD OUT
15 – Lake St. Louis, MO – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
18 – Brooklyn, NY – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt – SOLD OUT
2 – Fort Worth, TX – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
16 – Harrisonburg, VA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
5 – Washington DC – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Lorenza Holt
7 – Atlanta, GA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
See all upcoming events on our calendar here.