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. More than techniques, we teach you to see birth with eyes for anatomy. We believe baby’s position is just a clue. Address pelvic muscles with slow, sustained stretches and fascia techniques. It’s as simple as “making room for baby.”

Midwives, nurses, doctors give frequent feedback that they are in the Operating Room less often.

Spinning Babies® wants birth providers to help 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 phrases, arrangements, or brand name. To do that, you will 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. Only they can use our service marks, such as, Spinning Babies® Three Principles: Balance, Gravity, and MovementSM, Three BalancesSM, or The Three Levels SolutionsSM.

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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 are these workshops for?

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 (or 8) 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 vary:

Sample Schedule

  • 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)

Note: Both the 1-day and the 2-day workshops teach our basic curriculum. There are two more techniques shown in the 2-day workshop in addition to a slower presentation of the material covered in the 1-day workshop.

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 causes and effects of posterior position on pregnancy and labor
  • Fetal Positioning and labor progress
  • Resolving the stalled labor
  • Practice activities for pregnancy comfort, spontaneous birth as nature intended, and cesarean avoidance
  • Identifying a stall in labor via labor pattern and match a technique

Day 2 Adds:

  • Additional hands-on practice
  • A technique for sacral mobility

Both introduce 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 include:

  1. Changing the paradigm for labor progress – Spinning Babies® asks a new question
  2. Anatomy of Birth and Balance
    • Anatomy of Balance
    • Birth anatomy – The uterus is not a water balloon; ligaments and connective tissue role
    • Baby – head down is not enough
    • Normal Cardinal Movements
    • OP Updates in Literature
    • Daily activities –  maintain body balance rather than assume maternal positioning is the key to optimal fetal position
    • Body balance for comfort, fetal positioning, and/or birth ease
  3. Pregnancy protocol (routine): The Three BalancesSM
    • Medical contraindications
    • A fascia jiggle technique
    • Forward-leaning inversion: using muscle-tendon stretch receptors to untwist/lengthen the utero-sacral ligament for comfort, dilation ease, and/or improved fetal position
    • Side-lying Release for repositioning uterus, softening the pelvic floor, releasing buttock and hip muscles
  4. Belly Mapping® with a pregnant model (when there is a model visiting)
    • Mapping kicks and wiggles to match with a doll (to visualize fetus)
    • Belly Mapping® is parent-led process, not provider’s palpation
    • Bonding and proactive childbirth preparation
  5. Introduction to the Three Levels SolutionsSM of the pelvis as a starting point for solving a stalled labor
  6. Where’s Baby? Re-examining station
  7. Diameters of the pelvis in relation to stalled labors and solutions
  8. Comparing Labor Patterns with 5 common stalls in labor
    • Compares the occipital posterior labor (“asymmetric labor”) to a progressing labor (“symmetrical labor”) by contraction pattern
      • The symmetrical labor pattern associated with the anterior presentation or well fitting OP
      • The asymmetrical labor pattern associated with the posterior presentation
  9. 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
    • Need for rotation compared to slow but continuing progress
    • Contracted inlet: Signs of CPD compared to need for rotation
  10. Identifying Pelvic Level issues causing labor dystocia
    • Open the inlet Engagement and mis-engagement at the brim
    • Open the Midpelvis
    • Opening the Outlet to finish the birth

Approved Trainer Jennifer Walker explains: “The course [introduces you to] 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.”

CEUs

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.

Costs

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

 

Refunds

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 Black and Indigenous People of Color who are either birth workers who actively attend births and/or bodyworkers with a pregnancy focus, are eligible to attend any of Gail Tully’s workshops. Each trainer has their own policy and must be contacted personally but all have committed to a seat in the class for Black and Indigenous birth workers already attending births. Whether a doctor or a doula, this offer is the same. Please contact me about your plans to attend in order to secure a seat because we limit the size of each workshop.

  • Each Approved Trainer offers one or more scholarship spaces for birth workers of Black or Indigenous birth workers (in some countries outside the US or Canada the person may be of another population suffering birth inequities) to promote more access to birth education and skills training.
  • 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 a spot is saved only by booking with the special link the Approved Trainer (or Gail) gives you. It is easy to arrange your seat.
  • If someone wants to come who isn’t attending births, they can email the Approved Trainer doing the workshop of their interest and say what they do, and why they want the workshop information. Acceptance would depend on space available since birth workers and pregnancy-focused bodyworkers are prioritized.
  • For the 4-day workshops, all pre-requisites are the same.
  • No one will be announced or described as a “scholarship” recipient or identified in any way other then they introduce themselves in the introduction. Write your name in the free/reduced price registration in the way you want to be recorded for continuing education (professional name and title).

Contact Approved Trainers individually from their workshop postings to let someone know your request to attend. You will get a link to register and then you will get handouts and other support materials.

Can’t attend?

Download (or purchase a DVD) the Spinning Babies® Parent Class for a similar outline to Spinning Babies® Workshop (which is designed for experienced Birth Keepers). The 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.”

Check out our Online courses in our shop. We add new ones every couple of months.

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