How is Spinning Babies Different?
Spinning Babies is an approach to childbirth preparation like no other.
Mom's job is to dilate, but baby' s job is to rotate. If we can help baby's job be easier, we can make labor easier for the mother as well. Now, women wanting a natural, or physiological childbirth can learn the Principles and techniques to empower their dream.
Spinning Babies began where Optimal Fetal Positioning left off. OFP was a break-through concept in childbirth. Read praise for Optimal Fetal Positioning and the midwife/childbirth educator duo who began it on my Optimal Fetal Positioning article.
Spinning Babies recognizes that, though the maternity provider is focused on the mother's dilation, labor progress is often dependent on baby's rotation. To fit the pelvis better, the baby's job is to rotate, or spin around, to face mother's back whenever possible. This website teaches mother's and their helpers how to make rotation easier for the baby.
Spinning Babies begins with a series of activities for Balancing the mother's body. When a mother's body is generally symmetrical, and what I mean is that she doesn't have a misaligned pelvis or have super tight ligaments or muscles on one side of her uterus. Symmetry helps the baby aim into the pelvis more easily. Body balancing comes through body work and a woman's own activities. Spinning Babies also maintains the trust of birth through traditional midwifery skills for the long labor.
Spinning Babies is the active part of patience.
Spinning Babies hopes to prevent common problems from malpositions of the baby's head. Malposition is a harsh word meaning the head is, either, not coming into the pelvis first, or not coming in the easiest way to mold, or shape, itself to fit. When the head is at a difficult angle, especially when mother’s muscles or pelvic tendons are tight, hours or even days can be added to the length of labor.
Please remember, some of these babies who are labeled as “malpositioned” are born with little trouble and no interventions.
But, because a large minority of posterior and breech babies (and all babies lying sideways in a transverse lie) may need surgery to get born, Spinning Babies Website presents a way to help you reduce complications due to fetal malposition.
Fetal positions defined. Read the Anatomy of Spinning Babies.
"You are a treasure, Gail. I use your website at so many births (I seem to attract these malpositioned babies). I've sent you a paypal donation before and will again. Who knows how many labors were shortened by hours because of the information on Spinning Babies."
H B, doula, Chicago