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In this month’s update:

  • Our founder Gail Tully explains why support for pregnancy 🤰 is inside and out.
  • Techniques that helped a baby turn head-down during pregnancy and get into an optimal position during labor.
  • Discover clues 🔍 that may give the birthing person insights into labor plus what to use when there is a question of labor progress.
  • Upcoming events including our Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator Training in Boston, MA – Early Bird pricing ends March 1. Get your ticket today to save your seat (and some money)!

 

Welcome to the New Year. Welcome to a new paradigm. Why new?

Spinning Babies® Physiology First℠ offers a new view to birth workers. To move away from the habit of force, we stop focusing on cervical dilation and contraction frequency and invite a new question: “Where’s Baby?”

support for pregnancy is inside and out

The baby is inside the uterus, obviously, but also within a moving and supportive network of connective tissues, including ligaments and muscles, which align the uterus and pelvis. The whole pregnant body supports the uterine home of the baby.

Physiology is just as important for providers’ bodies, too. When provider’s bodies are in balance, self-awareness comes easier. Perhaps we can even be more compassionate for ourselves. This, in turn, helps the provider be in community with colleagues and clients. We recognize bodywork is valuable, sometimes vital, in pregnancy and in the maternity care community of practitioners. Therefore, let’s increase body balancing support for both provider and pregnant persons to create a responsive and supportive network of community.

Midwifery, medical, and maternal care organizations; activist, doula, and childbirth education organizations; and others make up the wider community. We are unified in purpose to support pregnant and birthing families. After all, that’s where the wisdom for care lives—in the hearts and hands of caregivers.

 

Be part of the next big thing

As the end of one decade turns into another, unfinished business begs for its own resolution. And I sure have some unfinished business! Do you ever find yourself with long overdue promises? The last week of the year is a great big Marie Kondo karma cleanup!

Our website was expected to be done last autumn, but our professional website team was surprised to find our 200-plus pages so well linked in our community and decided to edit rather than eliminate dozens of pages. So now, our new website’s release is expected in spring 2020.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have crisper photos on SpinningBabies.com? Can you help us by sending photographs of pregnancy and birth? We want the unique photos that mean something to you! We may still need some stock photos, but we want to reflect our community first.

If you have a professional-grade photo you’d like to have placed on our website, please send it our way. It may be of you doing a technique in labor, but it can also be a photo of pregnancy, laboring, welcoming a new baby, or literally anything related. You may even want to send your Spinning Babies® inspired birth story with photos or video. Please send your pic and signed permission to info@spinningbabies.com.

2020 promises to be the year of creating structure for the dreams that came before it. Let’s create—and realize—the dream of better birth together.

 

Birth story

This month’s incredible birth story comes from Cloe, Doula in Budapest, who used Gail Tully’s recommended Spinning Babies® techniques to help her baby turn head-down during pregnancy and get into an optimal position during labor. Here is Cloe’s message to Gail:

 

“I became a doula, and I was in the Spinning Babies® Workshop in Budapest with Jennifer Walker yesterday. It touched me much to see from closer the amazing work you’ve been doing. I was so happy that the room was full of curious and passionate people! […] It makes my heart full of hope!

This is the third time in my life I write to you. The first was sometime after my daughter was born. I had planned a home birth, but it ended up in a traumatic cesarean justified by a failure in progress at full dilatation. Later, I found your website and the description of a posterior baby and back labor. I was sure that it described my situation, but I had never been told that I should pay attention to those clues from my body. Unfortunately, at that time I had nobody with the knowledge (midwives) or will (hospital) to do otherwise.

With my son, born one and a half years later, I followed the prenatal exercises on your website and surrounded myself with a very good team committed to VBAC. It happens that my son was asynclitic, coming with his ear first, and he was born at home after nine hours of pushing. I am thankful to my midwife, who had faith in us and the power of nature, but gosh, it was hard work! Meanwhile, my doula had attained several Spinning Babies® Workshops, so I was confident this third birth would be my first easy birth. Here’s my story:

Around the 6th month of pregnancy, Anna, my doula, showed me the daily routine of Spinning Babies. It was much easier to understand from her than from the descriptions in the website, and she also had to correct some movements I was doing wrong. It was summer, and I was physically very active, doing yoga and camping in nature. I have to say that I was not doing the Spinning Babies exercises every day, but when the 32-week ultrasound showed the baby to be breech, I started to be more serious about it. I even convinced my husband to help with the Rebozo sifting […]

Rebozo siftingRebozo sifting

I wasn’t too stressed about the baby being breech, because I had gotten The Belly Mapping® Workbook, and even if I could not figure for sure her position, I could feel she was very mobile, changing positions all the time. Many Forward-leaning Inversions and one visit to the chiropractor later, she was head-down in the 36th week. Without Spinning Babies®, it would have been really hard to find a care provider supporting breech birth.

Please be safe. We remind our readers to move into Forward-leaning Inversion slowly with hands-on support from an attentive adult.

From then on, most of the time, I could feel her back on my right side. She was ROA, but again, she was spinning a lot. On Monday of the due week, she was definitely ROA. On the day before she was born, Anna was with me and we did a series of exercises to position her optimally. At noon, when my midwife arrived, I was 7 cm dilated and the baby was OP. We kept active.

The living room felt like a mixture between a fitness room and a girls’ party. When Anna asked me to do a Forward-leaning Inversion during a contraction, I sat on the couch looking down like I was going to do a big acrobatic circus trick. The contraction came and I jumped like I was in a flying trapeze. Surprisingly, it felt so good, so soft, so much the right position to be!

Dip the Hip was more intense, like contraction pains without contractions (or it was making contractions start). It made me make funny noises and faces, but I felt it had to be done, it was doing something. My baby did the whole loop, positioned herself LOP, and before 4 p.m., I was holding my perfect little princess in my arms. Thanks, Spinning Babies!”

dip the hipDip the Hip

Self-care tips

Last month, I promised you some self-care tips for January. Let’s celebrate the New Year with movement. Whether swinging my feet at my grandmother’s kitchen table or not quite ever sitting at my school desk, I was always a wiggler. I thought it was odd the Shaker’s built a religion around shaking but now I’m all in. We find relaxation is irresistible in jiggling a baby’s bottom while gently rocking them to sleep on your shoulder or Shaking the Apple Tree during a stalled labor. Here’s a way to get your jiggle on:

 

1. Wiggling

While brushing teeth, wiggle and jiggle your whole body— but not so vigorously you can’t safely and comfortably brush your teeth! Brushing and wiggling for 2.5–-3 minutes serves your fascia and your smile! (And by the way, let that first- or second-grader get their wiggles on during circle time. It’s joy-inducing and helps focus for a bit afterward.) Try it. Be the source you want to cite!

 

2. Breathing 

Styles of breathing are so popular today because science around the vagal nerve complex (Porges) shows a long slow exhale will create a calmer social willingness. This can be singing lullabies, blowing a wind instrument, or chanting. The heart connection is activated.

How little did I know that this useful little “breathing tool” called Four-Square Breathing would help a friend in need. I’ve certainly used this breathing technique to jump-start calm…. (Can one jump to calm?) It must happen during the exhale! This past month, a dear, dear friend was in the hospital with high fevers and severe headache. The strain was great, as medication couldn’t reduce the headaches enough for REM sleep or eating. Sitting quietly beside her, we inhaled together while I counted slowly up to four, then held our breath in for another count to four. Then we exhaled to four and held our breath out to four. After a few rounds a calmness replaced the strain. She told me later that she returned to this breathing to help her cope with her acute illness.

Four-Square BreathingFour-Square Breathing

 

Birth tip

Clues from a birthing body

What clues may give the birthing person insights into labor? Labor patterns and pain patterns give more insight than most birth workers realize. Parents can use the patterns as inspiration to act. Add balance whenever you notice:

  • Early labor doesn’t seem to advance into active labor
  • Early labor has been called “false labor” or keeps you awake without dilating the cervix
  • Contractions start and stop
  • Contractions feel more painful in the back or legs than in the lower belly
  • Back labor
  • Pain on the symphysis bone when baby turns their head (feels like grinding)
  • Baby can’t come down into the pelvis (engage) even with hours of strong contractions
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Despair
  • Baby won’t come down

We suggest the Three Sisters of Balance℠ whenever there’s a question of labor progress or a desire for more ease and less pain in labor. We realize other techniques may be more appropriate for some symptoms and have more techniques listed on our website.

Begin with Balance by doing the Three Sisters of Balanceâ„  before labor, in early labor, or whenever one of the above situations lasts long enough to signal you that your body is waiting for your loving attention.

 

Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator Training in Boston

Join Spinning Babies® Approved Trainers Jennifer Walker and Lorenza Holt in Boston, MA for a 4-day exclusive training that will equip you with new tools and knowledge to empower parents throughout their pregnancy and birthing experience. Teaching the Spinning Babies® Parent Class will help expectant parents will better understand how their baby can find optimal positions for labor, and make birth less painful— even pleasurable! Boston Early Bird registration ends March 1 – save $100 by registering today!

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Tania de Filippio CPE with doll and pelvis

 

All Upcoming Events

JANUARY 2020

3 – Turnersville, NJ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams – SOLD OUT

4 – Turnersville, NJ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams – SOLD OUT

5 – Voorhees, NJ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

13 – Duluth, MN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas – SOLD OUT

18 – Phoenix, AZ – Spinning Babies® Integration Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

18 – Reno, NV – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas – SOLD OUT

18 – Washington DC – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams – SOLD OUT

19 – Phoenix, AZ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

20 – Toledo, OH – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams – SOLD OUT

21 – Davis, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas  – SOLD OUT

23 – Las Vegas, NV – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas – SOLD OUT

24 – Las Vegas, NV – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas – SOLD OUT

24 – Jackson, MS – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT

25-26 – Recife, PE/Brazil – Oficina Spinning Babies® 2 dias com MaĂ­ra Libertad – SOLD OUT

28-29 – Walpole, MA – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt

28-29 – Recife, PE/Brazil – Oficina Spinning Babies® 2 dias com MaĂ­ra Libertad

FEBRUARY 2020

1 – Virginia Beach, VA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

1-2 – Missoula, MT – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

1-2 – Botucatu, SĂŁo Paulo/Brasil – Oficina Spinning Babies® 2 dias com MaĂ­ra Libertad

2 – Virginia Beach, VA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

3 – Attleboro, MA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt

3-4 – Gorinchem, Netherlands – Spinning Babies® 2 dag Workshop met Jennifer Walker (nederlandstalig)

4 – Voorhees, NJ – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Rachel Shapiro 

5 – Voorhees, NJ – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Rachel Shapiro 

5 – Rockford, IL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT

6 – Voorhees, NJ – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Rachel Shapiro 

7 – Hartford, CT – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Lorenza Holt

8 – Eustis, FL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT

8-9 – Tallinn, Estonia – 2-Day Spinning Babies® w/ Jennifer Walker

9 – San Diego, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tema Mercado 

9 – Salisbury, MD – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt

10 – Salisbury, MD – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt

10-13 – San Diego, CA – Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Workshop

11 – Sydney, NSW, Australia – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan

12 – Sydney, NSW, Australia – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan

14 – Liberty, OH – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams – SOLD OUT

15 – Ravenna, OH – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

16 – Bellingham, WA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

16-17 – Lakewood, NJ – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

19 – Somers Point, NJ – Labor and Birth with Spinning Babies® w/ Rachel Shapiro

20 – Somers Point, NJ – Spinning Babies® Resolving Shoulder Dystocia and Breech Basics w/ Rachel Shapiro 

21 – Auckland, NZ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

22-23 – Stirling, Perth Western Australia – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan

22-23 – Grand Rapids, MI – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

22-23 – Grover Beach, CA – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tema Mercado

23 – Palo Alto, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Gail Tully

23-24 – Monsey, NY – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

25 – Berwick, VIC, Australia – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan

25 – San Jose, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Gail Tully

26 – San Jose, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Gail Tully

27 – Christchurch, NZ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

27 – Dothan, AL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

27 – Vernal, UT – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

28 – Charlotte, NC – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

28 – Dothan, AL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

28 – Vernal, UT – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

29 – Charlotte, NC – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

29 Feb-01 Mar – Porto Alegre, RS/Brazil – Oficina Spinning Babies® 2 dias com MaĂ­ra Libertad – SOLD OUT

MARCH 2020

2 – Whitefish, MT – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

2 – Charlotte, NC – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

3 – Corpus Christi, TX – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

4 – Whitefish, MT – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

5 – Monticello, MN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Gail Tully

6 – Monticello, MN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Gail Tully

6 – Bakersfield, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

7 – Richmond, VA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

7 – Bakersfield, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

8 – Bakersfield, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

10 – Westerville, OH – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan – SOLD OUT

11-12 – Melbourne, VIC, Australia – 2-days Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

14 – Valparaiso, IN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

14 – Raleigh, NC – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

16 – Seattle, WA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

16-17 – Brighton, England, UK – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

17 – Bellevue, WA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Gail Tully

18 – Seattle, WA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/Kelly Dungan

19 – Cardiff, South Wales, UK – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

19-20 – Brooklyn, NY – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt

21-22 – Essaouira, Morocco – 2 Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

21-22 – Morristown, NJ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

23-24 – Bristol, England, UK – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

25 – Holyoke, MA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt

25 – Rotorua, NZ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

27 – Hamilton, NZ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

27 – Armagh, Northern Ireland – Spinning Babies® w/ Jennifer Walker

28-29 – Armagh, Northern Ireland – 2-Day Spinning Babies® w/ Jennifer Walker

28-29 – Bloomsburg, PA – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Lorenza Holt

30 – Westwood, NJ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

30-31 – London, England, UK – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

31 – New Plymouth, NZ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

APRIL 2020

2 – Wichita, KS – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

3-4 – Cork, Ireland – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

4 – Columbia, MD – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

4 – Tacoma, WA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

4-5 – Nyon, Switzerland – Spinning Babies® w/ Jennifer Walker

5 – Tacoma, WA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

5-6 – Dublin, Ireland – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

6 – Abington, PA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

10 – Helena, MT – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

15 – Altoona, PA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

18-19 – Riverside, CA – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tema Mercado

18-19 – Namur, Belgium – 2-Day Spinning Babies®️ Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

19 – Manchester, CT – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

20 – New Haven, CT – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

23 – Livonia, MI – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan 

24 – Livonia, MI – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

25 – Livonia, MI – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

25 – Southfield, MI – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

26 – Southfield, MI – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Kelly Dungan

29 – Gettysburg, PA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

29 – Dodge City, KS – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

MAY 2020

4-5 – Tumut, NSW, Australia – 2 Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

8-9 – Sydney, NSW, Australia – 2 Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

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

11-12 – Newcastle, NSW, Australia – 2 Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

13-16 – Austin, TX – Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training

16 – Green Bay, WI – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

16-17 – MontrĂ©al, QuĂ©bec/Canada – Spinning Babies®️ Workshop 2 Jours avec Nikki Zerfas

17 – Green Bay, WI – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

18 – San Francisco, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nicole Morales

19 – San Francisco, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nicole Morales

18-21 – Rishon LeZion – Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training

21 – St. Louis, MO – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

21-22 – Auckland, NZ – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

28-29 – Brisbane, QLD, Australia – 2 Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

29 – Wellington, NZ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

30 – Derby, CT – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

30 – Franklin, TN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

30-31 – Northern Rivers Area, NSW, Australia – 2 Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

JUNE 2020

1 – Lawrenceburg, IN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

2 – Lawrenceburg, IN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

2-5 – Schladming, Austria – Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training

3-4 – Cairns, QLD, Australia – 2 Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

5 – San Antonio, TX – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

6 – San Antonio, TX – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

6 – New York, NY – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

9-10 – Christchurch, NZ – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

13-14 – Beamsville, ON, Canada – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rhea Williams

18-19 – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia- 2 Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Fiona Hallinan & Jenny Blyth

29 – Chico, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

JULY 2020

1 – Chico, CA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

6 – Tauranga, NZ – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

16 – Mattoon, IL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

17 – Mattoon, IL – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

28-31 – Boston, MA  – Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator Training

AUGUST 2020

11-12 – Wellington, NZ – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

15 – Evansville, IN – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Tammy Ryan

17-18 – Hamilton, NZ – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Claire Eccleston

SEPTEMBER 2020

13-14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Rachel Shapiro

23 – Moses Lake, WA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

24 – Moses Lake, WA – Spinning Babies® Workshop w/ Nikki Zerfas

OCTOBER 2020

15 – Caloundra, Australia – Spinning Babies® Workshop

16 – Caloundra, Australia – Spinning Babies® Workshop

19 – Caloundra, Australia – Emerging Nonmedical Interventions

19-22 – Caloundra, Australia – Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Workshop

20-23 – Caloundra, Australia – Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training

See all upcoming events on our calendar here.

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