Our Spinning Babies® Principles of Balance, Gravity, and Movement begin with body balancing.
What is body balancing? It’s helping our body be “not too tight, not too loose, not too twisty.” Muscles and ligaments that are too tight on one side, too loose on the other, send the uterus off-center. If the uterus isn’t in line with the pelvis, then baby is directed away from the path of ease in childbirth. Labor can be longer or harder.
To add Balance, we’re talking about body balancing. Spinning Babies® has collected these techniques to address body balancing. There are more, but these are a good start.
- Rebozo sifting, to encourage deep relaxation of the smooth muscles and mind;
- Forward-leaning inversion, to give room in the lower uterine segment;
- Side-lying Release, to give room in the pelvis and soften or balance the pelvic floor;
- Standing Sacral Release, to allow sacrum mobility to add comfort and support an ideal fetal position.
- Abdominal Release, to restore balance in connective tissues on the front of the uterus and somewhat the sacrum
- Dip The Hip, particularly for letting baby move from right to left to curl their back and tuck their chin
Learn more about the origin, instructions, and warnings on their individual pages.
DeAnn Williams wrote to us on social media, “My nurse used Spinning Babies® positions to help me avoid a c-section. I am so thankful my nurse was aware of Spinning Babies® methods.”
The midwife or nurse will follow these body balancing techniques with birth positions relating to the pelvic diameters. We teach this in our Spinning Babies® Workshop, in-person and soon to be online.