Spinning Babies® Parent Classes

Held monthly in anchorage


Spinning Babies® is one of my favorite classes to teach, because these principles are a paradigm shift in childbirth education – an approach to birth that focuses on where the baby is in the mother’s uterus and pelvis, and an active participant in their entry to the world. 

Spinning Babies is not only about turning a breech baby, but about helping mothers to experience more comfortable pregnancies, and easier births, with baby in an ideal position for labor to begin spontaneously, proceed physiologically, and culminate simply, increasing mother and baby’s ability to experience a vaginal birth.

Typically, during labor, much of the focus is on the dilation of the mother’s cervix.  The Spinning Babies approach focuses more on the baby and mother working together through the birthing process.  Spinning Babies is NOT about forcing, moving, or turning a baby manually, but instead about the natural rotation a baby needs to make during their birth, and how the mother can help with this process.

The Spinning Babies website is full of incredible information and I’d encourage you to poke around (scroll down for quick links!), but there is nothing like the hands-on, in person practice and learning comfort and positioning techniques with a trained, certified specialist.

What will we cover in a parent class?

  • Basic anatomy of the pelvis and how it can affect your birth
  • Daily Essentials exercises
  • How to Rest Smart and Move Smart for fetal positioning
  • How to balance your body for birth using the Three Sisters of Balance
  • ​The Stages of the Pelvis
  • Variations of labor patterns, what they might mean and what you can do for them.

The Spinning Babies® Parent Class is specifically for parents, to help them recognize and connect with their baby, learn  what position their baby is in and how to tell when baby’s position changes, the optimal way a baby travels through the pelvis, and how you as the parent can help your baby come through more comfortably and easily. 

The techniques and exercises learned in this class lead to many people having an easier, shorter birth!  

(*Photo credit: Blueberry Hill Photography.  Photo taken during the labor of an 11#, 4 ounce baby boy, delivered at a birth center in Anchorage.  Picture depicts mother receiving a side lying release, used for both comfort and relaxation, and helping to ease baby’s descent and movement through the pelvis.)

When should I take the Spinning Babies® Parent class?

It is best taken after about 20 weeks, but could be taken as early as 16 weeks.  You should have a little bit of a baby bump to benefit from the exercises and techniques we will do.  It’s ideal to give yourself time to practice the techniques daily prior to your baby being born, so preferably come to a class before 38 weeks.  The perfect time to start is between 20-34 weeks, but if you are outside that window, please come anyway!  You will definitely find useful information for your birth.

Sign Me up! When is the next class?

Saturday, 10/19/19 at 3PM
Saturday, 11/16/19 at 3PM
No class in December
2020 Schedule coming soon!

Classes run about 3 hours, depending on number of participants and amount of practice, fee includes expecting mom and partner or one birth support person.  Bond and connect more closely with your partner and your baby through this wonderful workshop! Learn more about your baby’s position and movements prenatally, and how babies and mothers work together during labor.  Contact me for more info!

XO,

Shanna

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Additional links to materials and more information:

Spinning Babies Website Main Page: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=40
Spinning Babies Shop: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=36
Belly Mapping Workbook: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=32
Breech Birth Quick Guide Booklet: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=29

Helping Your Breech Baby Turn eBook: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=58
Breech Birth Quick Guide Digital Download: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=27
Daily Essentials DVD: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=34
Daily Essentials Streaming and Digital Download: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=26
Spinning Babies Parent Class DVD: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=30
Spinning Babies Parent Class Streaming and Digital Download: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=25
Quick Reference Booklet: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=31
Quick Reference Digital Download: spinningbabies.ontraport.com/t?orid=10093&opid=33

Postpartum Prep: A PRACTICAL LIST OF ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR TENDER POST-BABY BODY

As you prepare for baby and carefully consider all that your new little one will need, don’t neglect to prepare for self-care! Consider gathering some of the following postpartum prep items to have on hand for your comfort and relief after your baby is born.

Vaginal Birth:

1. Peri Bottle

You will likely be given a peri bottle if you give birth in a hospital or with midwives in either a birth center or at home.  Filling this bottle with warm water and squirting it on your perineum while you urinate can help encourage urination and take the sting out of urine on sore tissues.  Once your bladder is empty, fill the bottle with warm water and squirt again to clean the area, and then gently pat dry.  Plan to have a peri bottle in each bathroom and bring one in your baby bag if you’ll be away from home in the early days after your baby is born.

peri-bottle

2. Sitz Bath

A sitz bath is a small plastic tub that fits into your toilet rim and you can use it as a mini bath for your bottom.  This also keeps the area clean, can encourage urination, and help with healing.  Many women find sitz baths offer much relief and comfort for sore tissues.  Your hospital may have one or you can find them at any pharmacy.  Dermaplast is an over the counter cooling, numbing spray that can ease the irritation and discomfort of a sore perineum or stitches.  Ask your caregiver for their recommendations if you still feel sore after trying these.

Vaginal or Cesarean Birth:

3. Witch Hazel or Tucks pads, Padsicles

Witch Hazel is an astringent, useful for helping to shrink hemorrhoids and soothe sore bottoms.  You can gently apply witch hazel on a cotton ball, or buy ready-made wipes or pads, like Tucks.  You can also apply witch hazel to maxi pads and freeze them to make icy cold “padsicles”.  Many women find these very soothing for swollen and sore parts.

tucks

4. Doughnut pillow

Some women experience tailbone (coccydynia) or pelvic floor pain after pregnancy and birth.  A doughnut shaped pillow can help to relieve this discomfort.  Most pharmacies have pillows, or you can try a DIY  with a pool noodle formed into a ring with duct tape.

5. Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is preferred by most caregivers for pain relief, afterbirth cramping, inflammation and soreness.  800 mg every 8 hours is the typical prescription, but check with your caregiver for their recommendation if it doesn’t seem to be working well enough for you.

6. Colace (stool softener)

To ease those first few postpartum bowel movements, you may want to consider a stool softener, no matter how you delivered your baby.  Pain medications can make your bowels more sluggish, and Colace can be taken as needed to help keep things gently moving.  It does not cause intestinal cramping, is generally well tolerated, and is available over the counter.

7. Maxi Pads 

You’ll want extra-long or overnight with wings.  Initial postpartum bleeding can be very heavy, at least for the first few days.  Bleeding, called Lochia, is normal for several weeks following the birth of your baby.  It will be very heavy and red at first, tapering off to brown and then more yellowish.  During this time, you’ll need to use pads rather than tampons or cups, and not introduce anything into the vagina until the bleeding has ended.

8. Mesh (granny) panties or Depends, a belly binder

If you give birth in the hospital, you will be given mesh panties after your baby is born.  They are snug and high waisted, which many women like because they tend to hold your loose belly in.  You can tuck a pad or ice pack inside.  Some women like to wear Depends disposable undergarments for the first few days of heavy bleeding, again with a maxi pad, ice pack, or padsicle tucked in.

After your baby is born, it takes some time for your abdominal muscles to return to normal and your belly and back muscles will feel a bit loose.  Some women like the way an abdominal binder or Bengkung belly binding helps them to feel more held together as they regain core strength.

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9. Nursing pads –Disposable or reusable

When you nurse your baby, you will experience a release of milk from your breasts called a “let down.” Sometimes when you nurse from one side, the other breast will leak, and when you hear your baby cry, you may also leak milk.  Nursing pads tucked into your bra will catch the leakage and keep you from needing to change your shirt multiple times a day. (Though that will probably still happen, babies can be so messy!) You might also like to buy a couple of nursing tank tops.  These usually have a shelf bra and snap down sides for ease when nursing, they are comfortable and stretch for engorgement, and you can tuck nursing pads inside.   If you don’t plan to breastfeed, you will still need pads for a little while and you may want to buy a head of cabbage, as the leaves tucked into your bra will help with engorgement.

10. Nipple Cream

Sometimes your nursing baby will cause your nipples to become sore.  A cream like Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter, or a lanolin based ointment like Lansinoh can soothe and protect sore nipples.

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Finally, you’ll need support.  Have you made a list of friends or family you can call?  Have you connected with our local postpartum or baby groups?  Do you have your doula’s number in your phone?

Experienced parents, what would you add to the list?  

XO,

Shanna