It’s just 3 weeks to go before our Birthwork workshop in Melbourne! And our other scheduled Birthwork workshop in Australia this year is at Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast in May. We very much hope to meet up with you at either one and integrate more deeply the wonders of our birthing bodies.
Because Fiona and I are now wearing 2 teaching hats – for teaching Birthwork Workshops and Spinning Babies® Workshops, people have been asking us ‘So, what is the difference between the Birthwork Workshop and the Spinning Babies® Workshop?’
So we’ve written an explanation…
Both the Spinning Babies® Workshop and the Birthwork workshop are body-oriented, or physiology-oriented workshops, a blending of body work and birthwork. They are aligned in their intention to optimise and realise anatomical potential in pregnancy and birth. And indeed they are so complementary that in 2018 in Australia there was a workshop series called Spinning Babies meets Birthwork.
Though there are some overlaps in information and approach, the workshop format and techniques in each workshop are quite different. In the Birthwork workshops, the initial focus is on understanding the anatomical interconnections within the pelvis that influence pelvic space and the opening of the cervix. This is followed by specifically themed segments that include experiential exercises on body-awareness, touch awareness and bodywork techniques. All exercises aim to facilitate the release of tension, both unconscious and conscious, and create more space for the baby to grow, position optimally, and birth with greater ease. The post-birth time is also considered with self-care practices and self-help exercises. After the foundational Days 1 & 2, Days 3 & 4 move into more advanced but simply distilled bodywork that includes external pelvic balancing techniques and internal pelvic bodywork.
This is precious knowledge for anyone with female anatomy, or anyone working with the naturally fluid nature of the female body, through all stages of life. It can transform the experience of birth, providing greater ease and minimising of trauma.We welcome anyone to this workshop, including people without care-providing qualifications.
You can see the 4 days programme here: http://birthwork.livingevents.info
In contrast, the regular Spinning Babies® workshop is either a one-day or two-day workshop for care-providers only (including body workers). There is a strong focus on posterior positioning of the baby, looking at some of the anatomical reasons that might incline a baby toward posterior or breech. Other segments are: helping mothers become more aware of their baby’s position; practicing Daily Essentials exercises that include Rest Smart and Move Smart tips in pregnancy that help with increasing comfort and better balance in the body; and using the 3 Sisters of Balance – a trio of exercises that help balance the uterine ligaments and correspondingly the womb, release tension in soft tissues, and enable repositioning opportunities for the baby. There is also a segment on pelvic level solutions, re-installing awareness of station as an important part of assessment of labour progress, rather than relying on assessment of cervical dilation alone.
We love teaching both workshops, but we know that our first love is for our Birthwork workshops that we have been presenting and refining together for 14 years.
Birthwork Calendar for 2020
Dear Birth World,
Birthwork - Creating Amazing Space for Babies Workshops from Jenny Blyth and Fiona Hallinan in Australia is so complementary to and harmonious with the Spinning Babies® approach. And I’m thrilled to be bringing Jenny and Fiona into our community as Spinning Babies® Approved Trainers – that’s how fitting their expertise is! I’ve enjoyed this workshop and use the lessons in my own birth work and life.
Gail Tully – founder of Spinning Babies®
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