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The Spinning Babies® Workshop


Spinning Babies® asks a new question, “Where is baby?” Learn fresh solutions for long, painful labors, fetal malposition (posterior, asynclitic, etc., or labor dystocia. We believe baby’s position is just a clue. We ask you to dive deeper. Address pelvic muscles with slow, sustained stretches and fascia techniques. It’s as simple as “making room for baby.”

Spinning Babies® wants all parents to have access to more comfort in pregnancy and ease in birth. You can use what you learn but cannot promote your classes or business with our arrangements or brand name- unless you go on to license in one of our advanced programs. Certification of Attendance is not a certification in Spinning Babies®.

Spinning Babies® Approved Trainers, Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educators and Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioners are licensed to use the Spinning Babies® name and logo in their promotion, and they can also use the service marks “Three Sisters of Balance” and “Balance, Gravity and Movement”.


Upcoming Workshops

Check your Confirmation Letter after registration to check times. Talk to each trainer personally about details. Spinning Babies® Approved Trainers are listed on the website. There are no others. Thank you!


Workshop Testimonials

“The presentation is key to understanding the concepts. This cannot be understood by just reading the website.” -Patty, CNM in Minnesota, right after the workshop… then, Patty emailed again, 6 days after the workshop:

“WOW!  It worked. “I was blessed with the perfect labor situation, prime stalled x 4 hours at 8cm, LOP.  She slept through side-lying release, 3 contractions on each side (took 30 minutes). She got out of bed, and was immediately in transition.  Baby born 1 hour later!”

“Had my first post Spinning Babies birth 12 hours after finishing the workshop! She breathed her baby down beautifully into the water! Lots of Spinning Babies and other preparations prior to her amazing VBAC. Such an incredible way to finish up the weekend.” -Anjela, Doula in Minnesota


Who takes a Spinning Babies® Workshop?

This workshop is open to all professionals who serve people during pregnancy and birth. Specialties may include: midwives, nurses, doctors, childbirth educators, doulas, prenatal yoga instructors, chiropractors, massage therapists, fascial therapy practitioners, and community health workers.

1-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop start times vary:

  • 7 hours of class time with start times varying with workshop, 9 am is common in the US, 10 am is common in Europe.
  • Lunch may be one hour or 90 minutes, often beginning 3 hours after scheduled start time.

 2-day Spinning Babies® Workshop start times:

  •  Day 1: 10 am to 6 pm with lunch from 1-2  (7 hours)
  •  Day 2: 9 – 4:30:  lunch from 12:30-2 pm (6 hours)

Both Workshops have a similar curriculum, see differences after the similarities below.


Topics discussed include:

  • A new premise for childbirth ease and labor progress for the experienced provider
  • Exploration of the role of “Soft Tissues” in pregnancy, labor, and fetal position (muscles, ligaments, connective tissue)
  • Common effects of posterior position on pregnancy and labor
  • Fetal Positioning and labor progress with the 3 Principles of Balance, Gravity, and Movement
  • Resolving the stalled labor through the Three Levels Of The Pelvis; pelvic mobility and soft tissues release.
  • Practice activities for pregnancy comfort, spontaneous birth as nature intended, and cesarean avoidance.
  • Identifying a stall in labor via labor pattern and being able to match the technique is a part of the workshop.

Day 2 Adds:

  • Additional hands-on practice
  • A technique for sacral mobility
  • Case study from participant birth review proposal (submit at least 3 days before workshop)

Either workshop introduces you to the Spinning Babies® premise and basic introduction. Reassess “what you know” and take birth care to the next level. Use your wisdom better. Techniques based on soft tissue anatomy like no other birth workshop. You will be able to identify and help pregnant and birthing women with a new approach to comfort, pain relief, fetal positioning, and labor progress.


Topics in the Workshop

  1. Changing the paradigm for labor progress – Spinning Babies® asks a new question
  2. Anatomy of Birth and Balance
    1. Anatomy of Balance
    2. Birth anatomy – The uterus is not a water balloon; ligaments and connective tissue role
    3. Baby – head down is not enough; the role of flexion and the parasympathetics
    4. Normal Birth with the Cardinal Movements through the 3 Levels of the Pelvis
    5. OP Updates in Literature
    6. Daily Activities – Maternal Positioning to maintain body balance rather than as the key to fetal position
    7. Designs a pregnancy protocol (routine) for all pregnant people to increase or maintain body balance for comfort, fetal positioning, and/or birth ease
  3. Pregnancy protocol (routine): The Three Sisters of Balance(SM) supports optimal fetal positioning and proactive preparation for all* birthing people. *Medical and Emotional Contraindications
    1. A fascia jiggle technique. Either Rebozo Manteada or Shake the Apples
    2. Forward leaning inversion: using muscle-tendon stretch receptors to untwist/lengthen the utero-sacral ligament for comfort, dilation ease, and/or improved fetal position
    3. Side-lying Release for softening the pelvic floor and hip muscles
  4. Belly Mapping® with a pregnant model when there is a model
    1. Mapping kicks and wiggles to match with a doll (to visualize fetus)
    2. Belly Mapping® is parent-led, not provider’s palpation
    3. Bonding or proactive childbirth preparation
  5. Doula Scope of Practice
  6. Introduction to the Three Levels Solutions(SM) of the pelvis as a starting point for solving a stalled labor
  7. Where’s Baby? Re-examining station
  8. Diameters of the pelvis in relation to stalled labors and solutions
  9. Comparing Labor Patterns with 5 common stalls in labor
    1. Compares the occipital posterior labor (“asymmetric labor”) to a progressing labor (“symmetrical labor”) by contraction pattern
      1. The symmetrical labor pattern associated with the anterior presentation or well fitting OP
      2. The asymmetrical labor pattern associated with the posterior presentation
  10. When enough is enough; labor pattern indications for cesarean delivery due to cephalo-pelvic disproportion compared to indications that baby can rotate to fit the pelvis
    1. Need for rotation compared to slow but continuing progress
    2. Contracted inlet:  Signs of CPD compared to need for rotation
  11. Identifying Pelvic Level issues causing labor dystocia
    1. Open the inlet Engagement and mis-engagement at the brim
    2. Open the Midpelvis
    3. Opening the Outlet to finish the birth


Approved Trainer Jennifer Walker explains: “The course offers you training in the concepts of Spinning Babies®, which you can integrate into your work as doula, midwife or childbirth educator. You will get a certification of attendance. You will not be a certified Spinning Babies presenter or certified “Baby Spinner.” [We don’t even use that phrase!] That level of knowledge is much too involved to learn in one workshop, even by repeating it. Your certification of attendance is proof of the contact hours for the workshop.”



Spinning Babies® Workshop is awarded (7 hours) or .7 CEUs by the American College of Nurse Midwives.  DONA International (doula) has approved for continuing education for their certified members. If you need RN CEUs, the sponsor is responsible for the application and fees associated.


Typically $185-225 per 1-day registration, depending on location.


Each Approved Trainer sets their own refund policy.

Registrants for events canceled by the Approved Trainer will receive a full refund, or transfer to another workshop within the same fiscal year at no cost. In the event of cancellation, neither the Approved Trainer nor Spinning Babies® is responsible for refunding travel expenses. Weather, natural disaster, illness or other “Acts of God” are reasons an Approved Trainer may cancel. Believe us, we don’t want to cancel!!



Promoting Access

All Birth Workers of Color who actively attend births and/or are scheduled for their NARM test, are apprenticing, etc. are eligible to apply for a scholarship at any of Gail Tully’s workshops and (note the trainer). Each trainer has their own policy and must be contacted. Please contact me about your plans to attend in order to be eligible.

  • Each Approved Trainer offers one or more scholarship spaces for birth workers of color to promote more access to birth education.
  • A seat per workshop, as long as there is still space when a request comes in. So apply early, before the class seats are full. Overall space is limited and spots are not saved for a scholarship spot.
  • If someone wants to come who isn’t attending births, they can email Gail or the Trainer doing the workshop of their interest and say what they do, and why they want the workshop information. Acceptance would be up to space available and how the person fits in our workshop purpose.

Other trainers may have other policies. Contact them individually.

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Can’t attend?

Download (or DVD) Spinning Babies®; Parent Class for a similar outline to Spinning Babies® Workshop (which is designed for experienced Birth Keepers). Parent Class is like a childbirth education class II, or as my sister said, “It is what I would have wanted when I was pregnant – childbirth education for a birth nerd.”

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