- Posted: 11/6/2019
In this podcast, Gail Tully, the founder of Spinning Babies, shares not only the mechanics of the changing pelvis during labor but also the need for joint mobility, relaxation and balance to support a smooth birth experience for mother and baby. The tools of yoga, chiropractic adjustments and myofascial release were cited as beneficial to help create space for optimal birth positioning and a smooth transition through the pelvis. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), “yoga reduces stress, improves flexibility, and encourages stretching and focused breathing.” https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Exercise-During-Pregnancy?IsMobileSet=false The wisdom of prenatal yoga, therapeutic bodywork and Spinning Babies support the growing research around the critical importance of soft tissue in a mother’s body during pregnancy.
As a mother begins to labor, there is often an over-emphasis on cervical dilation as the main measure of progress. This podcast highlights many other factors that precede dilation that are equally, if not more, important including baby positioning. The position of the baby and the relationship of babies head to the cervix is what determines how/if the baby is able to tuck the chin and rotate with contractions, which is what creates “progress” through the pelvis. When a baby is not well aligned, it is common to see asymmetrical labor patterns that start and stop irregularly and even stall. This creates an exhausting and frustrating experience for the mother and often precipitates the introduction of interventions. Every pelvis is uniquely shaped and as a baby is given space through movement and re-calibrating balance, the unique communication channel between the mother and baby during contractions becomes steadier and more aligned. Prenatal yoga and other bodywork practices that focus on balance, breath and creating inner space lay a supportive foundation for labor to begin without intervention and with more ease. Additionally, prenatal yoga offers tools of relaxation, body awareness and positive reframing that encourage mothers to build an inner confidence to navigate voices of self doubt that may arise during the process.
On November 9th, Beloved Yoga will offer a FREE Open House for expecting parents to discuss and apply techniques around self care, positive visualization, comfort measures and participate in a prenatal yoga class. We will explore what it means to create space and ease for your unique body and baby. The Open House will take place from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and will be an opportunity to share, learn and connect at various stages of the birth experience. All are welcome, including birth partners, birth professional and even those considering pregnancy in the future.