Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Workshop

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


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.

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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 (2017 or after). If you are already a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner or have attended a Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator Training, this requirement is waived.

Midwifery, chiropractic, and RN CEUs being applied for!

Hands-on Practice

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:

  • Complete a full-day or two-day, Spinning Babies® Workshop
  • Your Spinning Babies® Workshop must be completed before attending the 4-day Aware Practioner Workshop and within the past 3 years
  • Successfully complete the 4-day Aware Practitioner course
  • Sign the Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice Agreement
  • Apply for the Spinning Babies® membership listing and pay the $100 annual fee
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.

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.

Jamie Mossay

Jamie has been serving the San Diego community as a massage therapist for over 18 years and started attending births as a doula in 2009. A mother, birth doula, storyteller, Birth Story Listener®, bodyworker, and certified Birthing From Within® childbirth educator, she has studied, practiced, and taught numerous modalities and holistic traditions over the years, with a strong specialization of working with pregnant, laboring, and postpartum people and their families. The Spinning Babies® approach to birth, by helping create more awareness of space and freedom in the body, is the cornerstone of her embodied birth practice.

As a bodywork educator she places special emphasis on cultivating creativity, intuition, and the importance of modeling self-love, embodied connection, and willingness to step into the unknown with loving presence for our pregnant clients.

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.


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