Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Email if you have questions

Some of you post your question on my Inversion blog and I missed someone' s post until after her due date. Please email me instead
Gail @ Spinning Babies Dot Com.
Fix the address according to the address need.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Organic Birth Movie

Congratulations, Debra Pascali-Bonaro on Going Green
Angie and I will be selling Organic Birth at the LAMAZE ICEA CONFERENCE in Milwaukee, WI this coming weekend!

Our Spinning Babies exhibit will offer both Organic Birth, 57 minutes, $19.99 and
Orgasmic Birth, 72 minutes, $29.99
at this special conference pricing.

ORGANIC BIRTH is a tighter, 52-minute updated version of the original 85-minute ORGASMIC BIRTH film. It has new expanded Midwife content and focuses more on the benefits of Midwife-Assisted and Natural Birth options than the original film. This shorter length will work better when used in Childbirth Education and it has easier chapter navigation for quickly accessing specific topics or scenes.
Come to Booth 331 this weekend and get your copy!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blasting oxytocin at a baby's brain desensitizes the brain to love

Midwifery Today publishes the answer: Questioning Oxytocin

Dr. Odent, a leading visionary and leading voice in normal voice, "The most common medical intervention is undoubtedly the use of drips of synthetic oxytocin. ... the rates of labor inductions are very high in many countries and, in practice, labor induction implies hours of intravenous drip.

"One should first wonder why the use of intravenous oxytocin during labor is perceived as a detail not worth mentioning in statistics. The main reason might be that the nonapeptide oxytocin is not considered a real medication because, from a chemical perspective, the synthetic form is not different from the natural hormone. Another reason might be that oxytocinases (enzymes that metabolize biologically active peptides) have been found in the placenta. This might have led to the tacit conclusion that synthetic oxytocin does not cross the placenta.

"On the day when we realize that most women, all over the world, receive synthetic oxytocin when giving birth, we’ll give paramount importance to new questions, particularly about placental transfer of peptides. Paradoxically, there is only one serious published article on this issue.(1) After measuring concentrations of oxytocin in maternal blood, and also in the blood of the umbilical vein and of the umbilical arteries, and after perfusions of placental cotyledons, a team from Arkansas came to the conclusion that oxytocin crosses the placenta in both directions....

"Since there is a high probability that a significant amount of synthetic oxytocin can reach the brain of the fetus, we must raise questions regarding the permeability of the blood-brain barrier at this phase of human development. is probable that, at a quasi-global level, we routinely interfere with the development of the oxytocin system of human beings at a critical phase ...." For more go to


  1. Malek, A., E. Blann and D.R. Mattison. 1996. Human placental transport of oxytocin. J Matern Fetal Med 5(5): 245–55.

See the rest of Dr. Michel Odent's article and references at
"If I Were the Baby: Questioning the Widespread Use of Synthetic Oxytocin," Midwifery Today, Issue 94

Dr. Odent, we know you have the answer to this question. I hope people listen.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

breech elephant born

Elephants also have a doula with them during birth. A smart zookeeper knows this. A breech baby elephant was born with the help of doula-elephant Num-Oi in the Melbourne, AUS zoo.
I remember hearing about and watching Raja's birth in the St. Louis zoo some years ago. His mother was in a long labor until the zoo keepers got the idea to bring in a female companion who had given birth her elephant self.
For people, I still recommend also having a person quite experienced in physiological breech birth.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Illinois tyranny again

Illinois may be the most dangerous place for a baby to be born at home. State agents, in this case social workers, assume their views supersede parent rights when the doctors and hospital social workers are upset about birth choices.

Here's an attachment parenting view by Alicia Bayer, Mankato writer:

Baby born via homebirth taken from parents

Some parents choose a vaginal breech birth to allow the physiological process of birth to complete itself naturally. Spontaneous labor changes the mother's brain in ways that enhance care taking behavior. Women may also hope to avoid major surgery and the risks associated, including the typical 1,00o ml blood loss, routine IV antibiotic use to manage the 50% rate of infection, and the typical mother baby separation.

Controversy about vaginal birth is built into the medical model of breech birth in America. And this fear spreads faster than education about the correct physiological approach to vaginal breech birth. America does not have the best record of vaginal breech outcomes. This is more a reflection of ego and ignorance than breech birth. Its also a reflection of a misplaced accountability in court and in the state, rather than in the relationships between a woman and her baby, her Faith, her caregivers and in the lost art of breech birth.

I don't blame people for having concerns. And so, from here the post gets heavy.

Doctors and midwives, all, have concerns about home breech birth.
Breech skills vary widely at this time in and out side the hospital. There are risks to vaginal breech birth in and out of the hospital, vaginally or by cesarean (in the hospital). These concerns are often about a trapped head and /or arms. But concerns should also include the risk of attendant ignorance and the damage done by pulling, by not knowing how to rotate the baby and manually swing the arms down, by not knowing how to bring the chin to the chest, and most of all when to leave well enough alone and go for the big C.

Little Ruth's arms were stressed in some way during the birth. The attendant worked successfully to release them from the pelvic brim. While unfortunate, breech home birth, even with a complication, is not a reason to separate the baby from her parents.

Even though breech birth risks are higher than with a head down baby, well informed parents have good reasons when they choose homebirth with an experienced midwife. They want to avoid risks of cesarean which include death of the mother, separation and subsequent disruption in breastfeeding. With the true physiological approach to breech birth the birth has a high chance of finishing successfully. A excellent understanding of physiological resuscitation and the value of an intact umbilical cord is a required skill particularly for breeches. Parents should also face the risk of death for their baby if the birth goes wrong. Therefore, parents choosing cesarean for their breech baby have good reasons to choose surgery, too.

The problem is in thinking that one way is without risk and the other way is evil. That's ideological and not helpful. If you are surprised by a birth in the manner that you thought unsafe, say the baby is born naturally before the cesarean could be performed, or the labor went on too long and too irregularly so that trouble with the arms began to be suspected and the birth was finished by surgery, you wouldn't want to be devastated by the change in plan.

The challenge in choosing a home breech birth is in assessing the likelihood that the birth will go well at home and the midwife or doctor's ability to 1.) avoid causing a problem, and 2.) resolving a problem should it occur spontaneously. The approach we take should be from those who attend breech births with few complications. I've blogged about the low complication rates of midwives Mary Cronk and Jane Evans of the UK. One birth with stuck arms out of 100 home breeches. These women are not touching the baby or the perineum and the mother is most often on her hands and knees. Doctor Frank Louwen's team in Frankfort, Germany are using the same method and have had 2 sets of stuck arms in 300 births.

If you touch the baby as the baby is being born it can disrupt the cardinal movements and then you have to solve what you caused. This is my soap box of the year.

I'm not assuming Ruth's birth attendant caused her stuck arms, I wasn't there. I'm not saying she touched Ruth in the process, and usually it won't cause this, but there are smart people with lots of experience who see that it can. No, I'm just saying that "Hands off the Breech" means keep your hands off for the entire process -unless, and not until, the arms or head need help.

Instead of having a fit, Illinois, why not Praise God? The attendant got the arms out and Ruth is in good shape. This is a cause for congratulations.

The tyrant solution to parents with a normal physiological intent to birth outside of the "powers that be"? Take the baby away and disrupt the mother baby relationship as much as possible, disrupt breastfeeding, frighten the parents and distress the grandmother. That'll teach 'em!

The state, social workers and responsible hospital staff should be sued for child abuse. I'm not much for law suit justice, but this has to stop.
Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn (1926 – 1988) may have suggested some Chicago-style justice for these folks as he did for other doctors that hurt children - and those did it legally. Taking baby Ruth away from her parents was a violation of all of their constitutional rights.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Optimal fetal positioning gaining popularity

birth is in bloom.: on optimal fetal positioning.: "A woman I work with asked me yesterday what I know about fetal positioning. She is 38 weeks pregnant. I palpated her belly, but had to admit..."

More doulas and midwives are posting more on optimal fetal positioning
And mothers, too! Here's one after my own heart!

Connecting In Utero without a Sonogram

"What if you knew the exact position of your child? What if every movement from the first quickening until delivery day, you bonded with your child and began to understand their personality? What if just by being aware of the baby's position you you were prepared for the unexpected?....

"...there is a midwife in Minnesota, who has reconnected with this science and calls it Belly Mapping. She can help women know the exact position of their baby thus connecting them and empowering them for welcoming the baby into the world. Once the exact position is known, she can recommend exercises and activities for proper alignment."

What fun is this!! Let's keep blogging, Twittering and getting together to
Change Birth on Earth! Bonding, Birthing and breastfeeding -- it all goes together!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Wax melted - Home birth IS safe

The British Medical Journal
exposes the Wax et. al. Meta-Analysis
which wrongly claimed
that there were more deaths
at homebirths
and wrongly concluded that "the triple infant mortality" was due to the fewer interventions happening
at homebirth.

Betty-Anne Daviss, Co-author of BMJ's report involving homebirths, says,

...the Wax et al. publication was bad academia, go to

There are more and more homebirths happening in our state. How 'bout yours?
Ricki Lake's Business of Being Born may be the tipping point, and Debra Pascali-Bonaro's Orgasmic Birth is the reward. But homebirth isn't just to feel good. Its better science, better physiology and better for the planet. So if you are healthy, if you feel able to, check out home birth for your children.

If your left-brain wants reassurance,
Let Birth by the Numbers, by Eugene R. Declercq, PhD, Professor of Maternal and Child Health, of Boston University School of Public Health, present the sobering statistics of birth in the United States today.

Certified Professional Midwives were the source of the data for

Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America (See it)

  1. Kenneth C Johnson, senior epidemiologist (,
  2. Betty-Anne Daviss, project manager
They Conclude: Planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United States.

Changing the Earth by supporting Birth

Mothers bring forth life; medical corporations do not. Birth can be simple, powerful and loving. Fetal positioning, natural birthing and practical help for normal birth.