In this month’s update:
- Our founder Gail Tully shares techniques that add balance in pregnancy 🤰 and help prevent asynclitism
- How a mom avoided having another asycnlitic labor with the help of Spinning Babies® techniques
- Get a discounted price on your Spinning Babies® 2020 World Confluence ticket 🎟️
- Upcoming events including just added workshops in the UK, Canada, and Australia. Plus special workshops in Madison, WI following the Breech Conference.
Adding Balance to Prevent Asynclitism in Pregnancy
A common cause of a long labor is baby being asynclitic. The labor may be long from the beginning, but often labor starts well and then slows down during transition. Pushing can take hours. Five hours is common with a baby whose head has tipped to the side. How is it possible for the head to tip to the side? A hand might be up by the chin or ear which can tip the head. But often the pelvic floor is where we look… yep, the floor is crooked! This means baby will have to turn their head to find the space available. Protect your birth by beginning in pregnancy to prepare your body with daily activities. We suggest some special techniques to restore more balance to the pelvic floor with the Side-lying Release. This can be done a couple of times a week through pregnancy and again in labor. Comfort is added, pain is reduced. See this article to get the details on this amazing technique, when to use it, and when you shouldn’t do it.
Mom Uses Spinning Babies® to Help Avoid Another Long Labor
This month’s birth story comes from Erica, 38, who first emailed Spinning Babies® creator Gail Tully at 36 weeks pregnant with her second seeking advice on her upcoming birth. Her first child was asynclitic. Here’s a summary of what Gail recommended to Erica:
“Your own pelvic mapping indicates a roomy pelvis! Your Belly Mapping shares information that baby may be in a Right Occiput Transverse baby position now or a Right Occiput Posterior position. The description of your labor hints of some potential torsion that was exasperated by the compound presentation (arm up). The tilt or turn in the uterus can allow an arm to fit easier by the face than the side. Helping alleviate this potential twist now will help immensely. And, since it’s a potential twist, it’s good to know that if there isn’t a twist, the Side-lying Release won’t cause a twist if you do it on both sides each time you do it.
Try two kinds of jiggles: Rebozo Manteada (abdominal sifting) and Shake the Apples at night before bed. Do Forward-leaning Inversion once daily, once in early labor, and if there is a stall later at any time. Use the Side-lying Release 2-4 times a week now, in early labor and if there is pain, asymmetrical labor pattern or asymmetrical or slow dilation. Once your baby is engaged in the pelvis, during labor, follow a Side-Lying Release with a side lunge or side-lying with peanut ball between your legs. When baby is low in the outlet, visible or close, open the outlet by putting knees together and feet apart with heels pointing out and toes pointing in. Feet can be separated by a peanut ball and knees resting together with a little towel or cushion to buffer the bones when you are on your side in bed.
You are facing a common modern issue and showing how to avoid a cesarean. Your choice of birth center and being in the land of midwives certainly helped you avoid a cesarean for your first birth and now I hope to add comfort and ease to your second birth. Keep me posted!”
Update on Baby from Erica: “After contractions started, we did the Side-lying Release with my husband before he left for work. Contractions picked up and then died off, and I had a nice long nap. Got up, and my mom and I did some cleaning, then had a cup of tea, then went on a walk in the neighborhood with my son. Contractions started picking up again, then my water broke. From then on, it was fast and furious. Baby was born within two hours. I could barely make it back a couple blocks to the house and get in the car to drive to the birth center. My husband arrived shortly thereafter, and we did Shake the Apples (which helped low back pain) and SLR, then I got in the tub. I remembered what you said and panted as baby was coming out. I pushed just a little and my body did the rest. Baby was born underwater.”
Congratulations, Erica! 🎉 Thank you for sharing your story with us! Do you have a Spinning Babies birth story? Please share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Confluence Discounts!
Did you know that if you register early for the confluence, you get a sweet discount? You can also save an additional 10-15% off Early Bird prices when you register for 2 or more events! Learn more.
Spinning Babies® 2020 World Confluence
Spinning Babies invites all birth professionals to our 2020 World Confluence in Caloundra, Sunshine Coast! Attend presentations and hands-on sessions with world-renowned professionals in topics such as Human Rights and Informed Consent within the context of labor and birth. Learn more about the Spinning Babies paradigm directly from our Spinning Babies® Approved Trainers and founder, Gail Tully. The Spinning Babies® Workshop, the Parent Educator Training, and the Aware Practitioner Workshop will be offered on the days leading up to and after the Confluence.
November 11-12, 2019 – Madison, WI – 3 Topics Spinning Babies® w/ Gail Tully
The Spinning Babies® Workshop, Resolving Shoulder Dystocia, and Breech Basics. Join Gail Tully in Madison, WI for a special two-day series of our three main Spinning Babies® workshops. Gail Tully, Creator of Spinning Babies®, invites you to join her on a journey through the pelvis. Whether the head is coming first or coming last, knowing the three levels of the pelvis is crucial to solving birth without injury. Learn the pelvis like you know your sock drawer at midnight (the lights are off and you have to find what you need without waking anyone).
*November 11, 2019 – Madison, WI – Breech Body Balancing w/ Nicole Morales – You can also take this on the 11th instead of the Spinning Babies® Workshop, then join Gail on the 12th for RSD and Breech Basics.
Gail Tully is also presenting at the MADISON BREECH CONFERENCE Nov 9 & 10, 2019.
The Madison Breech Conference will explore three themes relating to breech birth: autonomy, biodiversity, and sustainability.
Breech Conference Attendees: Speakers and attendees of the full Breech Conference are eligible for a discounted ticket to the Spinning Babies events following the conference. Please contact Marni@SpinningBabies.com to receive your code.
All Upcoming Events
2 – Fort Worth, TX – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
3 – Fort Worth, TX – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
4 – Irving, TX – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
10 – Chicago, IL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
16 – Harrisonburg, VA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
16-17 – Kansas City, MO – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt – SOLD OUT
23 – Tulsa, OK – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
7 – Atlanta, GA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
8 – Atlanta, GA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT
9-10 – Salvador, BA/Brazil – Oficina Spinning Babies® 2 dias com Maira Libertad – SOLD OUT
14-15 – Budapest, Hungary – Spinning Babies® with Jennifer Walker – SOLD OUT
See all upcoming events on our calendar here.