How may I teach Spinning Babies®?
Thank you for your interest in becoming a stronger member of our Spinning Babies community.
Many of our participants and readers want to know how they may share Spinning Babies. Here are some ways to join your talents with our movement.
A common question is, “Can I become a Spinning Babies instructor?”
We have Spinning Babies® Approved Trainers. Before I invited these select individuals, they demonstrated community leadership and activism, teaching providers, doula role expertise, midwifery model of care practice or excellent understanding, internet marketing skills, and a deep integration with the Spinning Babies paradigm. Approved Trainers teach providers our Spinning Babies® Workshop and some also hold Spinning Babies® Parent Class. This is a very involved path for providers of physiological birth care. These are hand-selected individuals at this time.
We have Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educators. Before coming to our Parent Educator Training, these applicants were already childbirth educators (including certified birth doulas able to show evidence of extra childbirth education training in their doula program or in addition), and registered prenatal yoga instructors (500 hours, plus prenatal training). The CPEs are licensed to teach Spinning Babies® Parent Class.
We have Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioners who are primarily bodyworkers or hands-on birth workers such as nurses, doulas, and midwives. Many hold massage therapy, Chiropractic, or other such certificates or licenses. The listing describes each person’s qualifications.
First, please read #s 1 and 2 to be legal and in tune with our community.
3. Spinning Babies® Workshop
This is the basic workshop to introduce the Spinning Babies® approach. 7 hours. This workshop is for Birth care providers, not parents. A scholarship spot is available for birthworkers or pregnancy workers of Color, contact the Spinning Babies Approved Trainer listed as the faculty of the workshop. Those working with pregnant people may come, such as childbirth educators, prenatal yoga teachers, chiropractors and bodyworkers, and nurses doing triage in antenatal.
This workshop is required twice before attending either workshop #4, #5 or before becoming a trainer (#6). We ask you to take it twice with time at births or serving pregnant people between so you can switch your way of thinking about birth before taking on a title with Spinning Babies. We seek to change the paradigm to empower birthing families and birth care providers. Most providers find the second workshop more effective than the first as they are now processing the births they’ve attended between workshops in an entirely new way.
4. Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner
With this designation, a bodyworker or birthworker shows proficiency in fetal positioning in their specialty. The Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner has learned bodywork applications and protocols for fetal positioning, pregnancy comfort and overcoming stalls in labor. Practitioners follow their professional scope of practice.
When an experienced provider attends two Spinning Babies® Workshops (#3) and the Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Workshop they are eligible to apply for the Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Listing on this website. This is not a license for teaching providers the Spinning Babies® Workshop and this is not the Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator designation or license. Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioners may promote themselves and their services using the Spinning Babies name and designation on their website when linking to us.
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5. Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educators
A Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator gives group and one-on-one education with the Spinning Babies Daily Essentials and Three Sisters of Balance. Spinning Babies Parent Educators may use the Spinning Babies logo and designated curriculum to teach pregnant parents. This is not a license to train doulas or birth providers. Enhance your established childbirth education offerings with the Spinning Babies Parent Education module. Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educators may promote themselves and their services using the Spinning Babies name and designation on their website when linking to us.
6. Next time there is a Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer training, this is what I’m thinking at this time..
The Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer:
- Team player and “Third Alternative” thinking (Stephen Covey)
- Knowledgeable about racial disparities in their country and US
- Provider who has let go of previous birth ideologies. Experience using the Spinning Babies approach
- Skills for being an ambassador in a new way of seeing birth
- Skills for caring communication and teamwork with organizers and participants
- Skilled organizer of workshops and classes that they themselves teach
- Communicates well with myself
Interesting details on my mind:
I realize I will best serve my plan ahead by inviting specific educator/providers rather than sorting through applications and email requests. Once invited, an application process begins. I’m considering opening a modified version of the trainer to birth care providers in 2020 to a wider provider population.
I would suggest anyone interested in becoming a trainer attend workshops #s 3 and 4; or 3 and 5, to develop a relationship with Spinning Babies and myself. This is not a guarantee, it is a risk you assume to connect us in familiarity. Teaching is the most important skill after use of the approach. Develop your teaching and community action in a team-building style. Be the go-to person in your circles.
Geography, language diversity, and reducing disparity are factors in choosing trainers when the above skills are also met. For now, I wouldn’t have two trainers close in geography unless to do so would significantly serve communities with different language or cultural needs. But after 2020 I may not restrict access based on the locality of other trainers.
A doula would have to have tremendous skills in leadership and teaching and a transformative working relationship with midwives, doctors, and nurses.
The Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer shows competency in the deep dynamics of Spinning Babies and in their teaching providers and parents.
Thank you for holding this vision of a carefully laid out, future Spinning Babies expansion with me. I hope to empower my community to spread the message while enhancing your birth work as well.