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Augusta, ME – 2-Day Spinning Babies® Workshop w/Lorenza – Sept 12&13, 2019

September 12, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - September 13, 2019 @ 4:30 PM

TWO-DAY SPINNING BABIES® WORKSHOP with Lorenza Holt, MPH, BDT (DONA), BCCE, Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer

Hosted by Maine General Hospital, Angela Ripley, CNM, angela.ripley@mainegeneral.org

We are excited to offer this two-day workshop. Each day will meet from 9:00 to 4:30 PM.  It will be filled with hands-on practice and small group activities to help participants walk away with full confidence in how to apply the Spinning Babies approach. You will learn how to better help parents in the community, clinical setting, or on the L&D floor.

This workshop is for professionals who work with birthing families in both the prenatal and intrapartum periods. Specialties include: midwives, nurses, nurse practitioners, obstetricians, family medicine doctors, childbirth educators, doulas, prenatal yoga instructors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, myo-fascia release practitioners, perinatal case managers, and community health workers.

The Three Principles of Spinning Babies are Balance, Gravity and Movement. This workshop frames the anatomy and physiology of the pregnant body with a renewed understanding. We explore the role and function of the soft tissues of muscles, ligaments, and fascia and how these impact pregnancy, labor and birth. We also explore how daily habits can impact posture, fetal positioning and common restrictions that may lead to discomforts in pregnancy or more difficult labors. But most importantly, this workshop will give you tools and an approach to ease these difficulties. 

Spinning Babies will give you a way to promote better fetal positioning during pregnancy through a series of daily activities and techniques that encourage body awareness, greater flexibility and range of motion. When applied in pregnancy the baby can be less restricted in the womb and thus be able to position itself in more optimal ways.

When the Spinning Babies approach is applied during labor and birth, our labor support techniques will give you a deeper understanding of what you can do to help the birthing parent, how you can position her in intentional ways so that the baby can have more room to better engage and descend in the pelvis, rotate through the pelvic floor, or emerge from a tight outlet; all with greater ease.  Spinning Babies is going to give you more tools to address that painful and frustrating labor that is failing to progress. 

Spinning Babies will teach you about:

  • The anatomy and physiology of the pregnant uterus and the soft tissues that support the pelvic structures
  • The Three Sisters of Balance
  • What parents can do in pregnancy to have less discomfort and greater suppleness in their bodies
  • For labor, you will explore the effects of an occiput posterior labor, assess what a stalled labor pattern is telling us, what techniques we can apply to ease labor progress through the three levels of the pelvis
  • For doulas, we will discuss how within a doula’s scope of practice, you can use the Spinning Babies approach. 

Lorenza Holt
Lorenza Holt has a masters in public health with a concentration in maternal and child health. She is a Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer and an approved birth doula trainer with DONA International. Lorenza comes to this workshop with more than 20 years of experience as a hospital-based doula program director, childbirth educator, birth doula, and trainer in a variety of women’s health topics.


Refunds will be given up to two weeks before the workshop. Doulas and midwives who are called to a birth and notify us (phone or email) by 7am the day of a workshop will receive a refund, less a $60 fee, or they can send a substitute participant.


Angela Ripley at Maine General Hospital is hosting this workshop. For further information please contact Angela at angela.ripley@mainegeneral.org.

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Registration each day will be from 8:30 to 9:00 am. Please arrive no later than 8:45 am. Continental Breakfast will be offered each day. We suggest you bring your own water bottle and snacks for your own comfort during the day.

Lunch will not be provided. Please either bring your own lunch, or money for ordering take out.  Lunch will be around 12:30 PM for 1 HOUR.   

Wear comfortable clothing as we will be practicing exercises on the floor and on beds.
Bring a yoga mat, rebozo or long shawl, birthing ball and a pillow. We will have a pump to inflate the balls.

***If you own a massage table, please contact Angela at angela.ripley@mainegeneral.org to coordinate with her.

ACNM and RN CEUs for this two day workshop are being applied for. Please be ready to provide your professional license or certification numbers at the time of workshop, as we are required to document this information in the CEU agreements.  

Maximum group size: 36 participants.

Early Bird Registration until July 15, 2019 – $350  

Regular Registration July 16 – September 5, 2019 – $400 

Late Registration September 5 to September 12, 2019 – $450 


Maine General Medical Center
Alfond Center of Health, Conference Rm B1101, 35 Medical Center Parkway
Augusta, ME 04330 United States

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