Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Workshop

4-days of advanced learning for bodyworkers, midwives, and nurses

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Join the Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Listing for 4-days of advanced learning. Embody our paradigm for fetal positioning in this clinical course for professionals.

For Bodyworkers, Midwives, Doctors and Nurses

Midwives (traditional, out-of-hospital, & hospital-based), chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, traditional bodyworkers, acupuncturists, nurses and physicians.

Eligibility requires a practice in which manual therapy or hands-on manipulation is allowed by professional scope. A doula or yoga teacher doesn’t have the professional scope of practice for us to refer pregnant people to have bodywork for fetal positioning.

Pre-requisites: Must have minimum 1 year of experience with bodywork/birthwork and have practiced within the past 2 years.

Must have taken a Spinning Babies® Workshop within the past 3 years and at least 3 months prior to the SpBAP Workshop. If you are already a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner or have attended a Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator Training, this requirement is waived.

Read more details on pre-requisites below.

Midwifery, chiropractic, and RN CEUs being applied for!

Hands-on Practice

Learn advanced skills to promote body balance for fetal positioning and pregnancy comfort. Use skills in pregnancy, birth, and non-pregnant people. You’ll build on the Spinning Babies® Workshop skills, learn new ones adapted to a scope of practice as a bodyworker or midwife, with case studies and integrative group work.

Topics Covered

  • Embodied consent
  • Pacing, touch and the pregnant nervous system
  • Pain as an indicator of imbalance
  • Anatomy and fetal positioning
  • Releases and balancing for fetal positioning
  • How to do general and individualized sessions
  • Breech and transverse lie
  • Specific considerations for tracking restrictions
  • ECV preparation and follow-up
  • Integration into a bodywork or midwifery practice
  • Muscles balancing and fascial releases
  • Case studies woven throughout the course

This course is a compilation of embodied practices that can be used to address pain and fetal positioning. We will explore practical applications of anatomy, bodywork techniques to restore balance and space, levels of touch and pacing, and awareness of the nervous system. We will present basic releases and then drop into individualized and in depth approaches to creating and balancing the space within.   

Four full days of training can transform your awareness of how you come into relationship with the pregnant body and the baby within.  We will also address ways we can integrate and, for some transform, your bodywork or midwifery practice.   

Pre-requisites for Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioners

With many millions of independent visitors to our site each year, a huge mailing list and following on social media, we get daily requests from parents looking for support in pregnancy and birth. We want to help pregnant people identify Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioners.

To be eligible for membership on our Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner listing you must complete the following pre-requisites:

  1. Spinning Babies® Workshop

Attend either a 1 or 2-day Spinning Babies® Workshop.  The Workshop must have been taken within the past three calendar years but not closer to the workshop than 3 months before. Registration to the Aware Practitioner Workshop cannot be accepted until our records show you have completed the prerequisite Spinning Babies® Workshop.* 

*If you are already a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner or have attended a Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator Training, this requirement is waived.

Please note that attendance at a Spinning Babies® Breech Basics Workshop, Resolving Shoulder Dystocia Workshop, or at conference sessions are not sufficient for meeting this workshop requirement.

  1. Bodyworker, birth provider or nurse

Bodyworkers* with experience such as an osteopath, chiropractor, physical therapist, therapeutic massage therapist are prepared for this class. Experienced pregnancy bodyworkers with traditional knowledge are also welcome. Birth care providers are Midwives (traditional, out of hospital, or working in a hospital), Labor and Delivery Nurses, and Doctors. Each has a license and scope of practice to do hands-on patient care.

In this course, you will learn advanced skills to promote body balance. These skills can be specialized for breech body balancing and can be used in pregnancy, birth and for generic balancing outside the childbearing year. The course is focused on hands-on experience with the advanced techniques, along with case studies and integrative group work.

*Note: Must have minimum one year of experience with bodywork/birthwork and must have practiced within the past two years. 

Who is NOT eligible to attend? We are not able to accept doulas, yoga teachers, or childbirth educators in the Aware Practitioner Workshop. Eligibility requires a practice in which manual therapy or hands-on manipulation is allowed by professional scope.

Successful completion of prerequisites will make the participant eligible to apply for membership on a list of Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioners:

  • Completion of at least one full-day (7 CEU hours) Spinning Babies® Workshop.
  • Your first Spinning Babies® Workshop must be completed before registering for and attending the Aware Practitioner Workshop, and not closer than 3 months.
  • Successful completion of the 4-day Aware Practitioner Workshop.
  • Sign the Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice Agreement
  • Application for and annual renewal of Spinning Babies® membership listing – $100 annually

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    Instructors
    Emma Moreland

    Emma Moreland is a birth worker and body worker based out of San Diego, CA. After the births of her five children and facing a lack of representation, Emma decided she would pursue a career in midwifery. Emma works to create a safe space and community for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are seeking birth and body services as well as information and support, working specifically to reduce the Black perinatal and infant mortality rates in the US. On her path to becoming a midwife, Emma has studied birth work, body work, Birthing From Within, and craniosacral therapy. Emma graduated from Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in 2020 and is set to take the licensing exam in the fall of 2021, after which she will be a Licensed Midwife. As a Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner and Spinning Babies World Confluence speaker, Emma has committed herself to the education about and implementation of embodied consent in birth and body workers, as well as clients. Connect with Emma on her website at intuitivehandsmidwifery.com or on Instagram at intuitivehandmidwifery.

    Instructors
    Rachel Shapiro

    Rachel is a Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer, a licensed and certified midwife, and prenatal and postpartum yoga teacher from MN, USA, practicing for many years in various settings of birth center and home birth practices. She has been a certified massage therapist for over 10 years and currently has a private practice for body work in Ein Karem, Jerusalem. She has studied Spinning Babies for over 8 years and contributes to Spinning Babies’ educational materials. Rachel completed her BSN (and is currently completing her CNM) at Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center, and has been privileged to teach Spinning Babies to midwives, doulas, and physicians in Israel and around the world. She is currently developing a hospital-based research study on Spinning Babies.

    Instructors
    Nicole Morales

    Nicole Morales, LM, CPM, Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer, has a homebirth midwifery practice in San Diego, CA and is an instructor for Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery. She gave birth to her third daughter breech, which led her to her passion for breech birth and breech body balancing. Nicole teaches Spinning Babies® Workshops, Breech Body Balancing, Resolving Shoulder Dystocia, and Birthing from Within® Workshops, and a Storytelling, Healing, and the Birthworker’s Journey workshop.

    Instructors
    Jamie Mossay

    Jamie Mossay, CMT, CF/CBE(BFW), she/her/hers, has been serving the San Diego community as a massage therapist/bodyworker for 20 years and started attending births as a doula in 2009. A mother, Birth Story Listener®, and Certified Birthing From Within® Mentor and Facilitator, she has studied, practiced, and taught numerous modalities working primarily with pregnant, laboring, and postpartum people and their families. The Spinning Babies® approach to birth, by helping restore awareness of space and freedom in the body, is the cornerstone of her embodied birth practice. She is a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner and Instructor.

    Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Membership Listing

    How to join the Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner (SpBAP) Membership Listing:

    1. Complete a 1-day or 2-day Spinning Babies® Workshop within 3 calendar years before attending the Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Workshop.
    2. Complete the Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Workshop or one of the alternative workshops listed below.
    3. Submit the SpBAP Application for listing, including:
      1. A brief bio or description of your work as a practitioner.
      2. Signed copy of Spinning Babies code of ethics and scope of practice.
      3. Signed copy of the Aware Practitioner Agreement.
      4. Pay the annual $100 membership listing fee.
    4. Email info@spinningbabies.com with the following:
      1. Headshot to be used for your listing
      2. Certificate of completion

    Alternative pathway to join the Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Membership Listing:

    1. Complete two 1-day or 2-day Spinning Babies® Workshops, one of which must be completed within 3 years before applying to become a SpBAP.
    2. Complete one of these approved Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Workshops:
    3. Submit the Alternative SpBAP Application for listing, including:
      1. A brief bio or description of your work as a practitioner.
      2. Signed copy of Spinning Babies code of ethics and scope of practice.
      3. Signed copy of the Aware Practitioner Agreement.
      4. Pay the annual $100 membership listing fee.
    4. Send the headshot that you’d like to use in your listing to info@spinningbabies.com.

    Register for an Aware Practitioner Workshop

    Spinning Babies® COVID-19 Policy

    Spinning Babies® follows CDC and local recommendations related to COVID-19 precautions. Please check your local health department’s guidelines as you are planning for your registration and attendance.  Spinning Babies® will update you on our planned measures close to the time of the event based on current recommendations. Please see Spinning Babies® infographic PDF about general COVID-19 precautions.

    Our safety measures may include:

    • Adhering to physical distancing guidelines.
    • Wearing masks (over noses and mouths) 
    • Doing hands-on activities with a limited number of other participants. 
    • Asking participants to bring their own pillow. 

    Participants who register and attend must review and agree to the COVID Waiver prior to attendance.

    If you Need to Cancel Due to COVID-19 Exposure or Local Pandemic Restrictions

    Please refrain from attending a workshop if you have symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. 

    • Most common symptoms: fever, dry cough, tiredness
    • Less common symptoms: aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

    Those who are experiencing cold or allergy symptoms, which may be unrelated to COVID-19, a negative COVID-19 test is an appropriate measure before attending an event.

    If you are unable to attend your scheduled workshop due to having COVID-19 or recent exposure, please let us know prior to the first day of the event. You may use your paid fee towards a future Advanced Training or Spinning Babies® conference within 1 year of the original event date. 

    If any participant is unable to attend their scheduled Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Workshop due to COVID-19 border closures or gathering restrictions, put in place by their local state, county or government, please let us know as soon as possible prior to the first day of the workshop. You may choose a refund or use your paid fee towards a future Advanced Training or Spinning Babies® conference within 1 year of the original event date. 

    If a participant cancellation occurs due to any reason unrelated to COVID-19, the cancellation policy for each Spinning Babies® event will apply.

    Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodations, and related expenses and Spinning Babies® is unable to reimburse these expenses.

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