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Spinning Babies Workshop – Easier Childbirth with Fetal Positioning

On October 7, 2013 I had the opportunity to attend one of Gail Tully’s Spinning Babies workshops, it was sponsored by BACE/NMC.

What an event! Gail’s workshops are very popular and the attendees universally rave about them, so I knew that the information and format of the event would be good.  The focus of the day was on fetal positioning, a comprehensive look at how to support optimal positioning, and the best methods to assist a mother in making space for her baby to ‘spin’ into a better position for birth.

Anatomy, posture, exercises for releasing ligaments, muscles and fascia,labor patterns, real life stories, aids and tools, complementary body work suggestions and related research and were all part of the discussion.  To be honest I was blown away by the vast amount of really useful information I had never heard before and it was clear that Gail is in command of her subject!

To give you a sense of it, here are a few things that stood out to me in regard to why this was such a quality continuing education offering.

Gail had a very approachable presentation style that really showcased her extensive experience and high-level knowledge.  Although it was clear that she has done the day-long workshop many times, Gail worked through her material like a talented musician would give a concert.  She moved in and out and around her script and adjusted the presentation to the attendees in the room and the questions presented with ease and kept us engaged.

Gail also is clearly a creative thinker so her talk was filled with really well though out visual aids and props that were an amazing part of her ability to convey (and help me to easily visualize and remember) what she was explaining.

There was also a noticeable element to Gail’s overall outlook and approach to birth that included a strong dose of intuition and recognition of the mother’s emotional state as a crucial element of all that is in play when a woman is laboring.  Being someone that feels that it is essential to look at physiologic birth in a holistic way, this resonated with me.

I was thrilled to get this great photo of Gail and I at the end of the day.

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You can check out Gail’s program here.

To summarize: If you are out there helping mothers birth their babies and haven’t been to one of Gail’s workshops, run, don’t walk, to the nearest upcoming event And for anyone interested in learning more, take a look at all the great content on her website including this great article on belly mapping.


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