Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Spinning Babies Conference 2016


Sweet '16  The Success of Our Confluence
The new paradigm is begun

In 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon as participants left I heard,


"This was the best conference I've been to in my life." heard 3x in a row
"This was the best conference I've been to in my career.""The was the best conference I've ever been to!" 



_Spinning Babies Confluence Logo

If you weren't able to be with us, you can still share the love! Here's what happened!


The Spinning Babies Workshop started our 5-days of learning with  Rachel Shapiro, CPM and CNM-student. It was a full house to say the least! Gail was so proud to introduce Rachel in her trainers circle at the conference! SpinningBabies.com/meet-the-trainers/rachel-shapiro 
ACNM has granted 7 Contact Hours or .7 Continuing Education Units for Certified Nurse Midwives.
MEAC has granted 7 Contact Hours or .7 Continuing Education Units for Certified Professional Midwives. 
Doula organizations, such as DONA International, often accept these CEUs. By the way, DONA International has approved the Spinning Babies Workshop as an advanced doula training but because this is Rachel's first workshop, she had not yet applied to be on faculty for the recognition by DONA International for this purpose. That may come along soon.

Denise Bolds, of Bold Doula used her blogging presence to
address issues of equity at our conference and in the birth world. 

Thursday attendees dove into the topic of their choice for the day. Everyone was beaming as they left for the day. Thursday Speakers included 
Angelina Martinez Miranda, Midwife. 
Carol Phillips, DC; 
Adrienne Caldwell, LMT
Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LCSW

ACNM has granted 7 Contact Hours or .7 Continuing Education Units for Certified Nurse Midwives.
Jenny Blyth and Fiona Hallinan, contact hours pending.
Belly Mapping with parents and potential belly painters finished the day! This one does not have continuing education credits.

"The conference was the best of the best!" 
Emily Shier is a DONA International approved doula trainer in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Friday celebrated 16 different speakers through the day. Seriously, something for everyone! Interest tracks included 3 maternity care topics and one mentoring bonus discussion with Penny Simkin; pelvic topics with Jenny Blyth and Fiona Hallinan; bodywork topics with Lindsay McCoy, Deb McLaughlin, and Marcello Windolph; and (recorded for the webinar in the main room) Breech with Jane Evans, Anke Reitter, and short presentations from Adrienne Caldwell, Phyllis Klaus, Angelina Martinez Miranda, Dennis Hartung, Leslie Sedlak, Nicole Morales and Gail Tully.

"This was the best conference because in every room I went into, people were hugging!"

Penny Simkin chatting with our own Megan Edington.

Saturday presented the paradigm with Penny Simkin, Anke Reitter, and Gail Tully (recorded in the webinar). Claudia Booker gave dynamic presentations on The New Face of American Birth and "Women of African Descent:  Modern Day Implications and Strategies for Pregnancy, Labor and the Vaginal Birthing of Our Babies. An Interactive, Town Hall and Sharing Presentation". Participants also heard Dennis Hartung, OB on Safely Reducing Cesareans; Phyllis Klaus on Resolving Birth Trauma; and Deb McLaughlin on craniosacral protocols.

Sunday began with Jeanne Ohm on Chiropractic considerations in her Great Expectations talk. Dennis Hartung showed mildly complicated breech births to encourage an understanding that slowdowns in breech birth can be handled by skilled providers who want to reduce cesareans, and Gail and her trainers spoke on how to bring Spinning Babies into the practice of providers, particularly nurses and doulas. 



Speakers at Our Confluence

 Speaker Burst
Adrienne Caldwell, LMT; Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra, CPE; Angelina Martinez Miranda, Midwife, Anke Reitter, MD. PhD, Fetal Maternal Medicine Specialist; Carol Phillips, DC; Claudia Booker, MEd, CPM;  Deb E. McLaughlin, CST, CPM;  Denny Hartung, OB; Jane Evans, independent midwife in the UK;  Jeanne Ohm, DC;  Jenny Blyth and Fiona Hallinan;  Jessica Peterson, DC; Lindsay McCoy, Restorative Exercise Specialist; Marcello Windolph, Fasciatherapie; Penny Simkin, PT;  Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LCSW; and Wendy Foster, Birth Recovery Specialist.

Spinning Babies Approved Trainers who spoke at the conference and pre-conference were Jennifer Walker, Lorenza Holt, Marya Molette, Nicole Morales, Rachel Shapiro, Tammy Ryan and Gail Tully, 

Are you interested in how many continuing education credits were given to which sessions? See the Spinning Babies conference website at 




"This was the best conference because in every room I went into, people were hugging!"

If you weren't able to be with us, you can still share the love. Learn about the paradigm of
Balance Before Force






Speakers before the conference
Blooma's Sarah Auna (center) enjoys hosting the party of international speakers the night before the Spinning Babies 2016 World Confluence. Blooma's owner Sarah Longacre and five of her staff created a party for us with wine and chocolate. It was a wonderful event!! Lorenza Holt, Angelina Martinez Miranda, and Joni Nichols sang Los Mananitas to me! And then Joni insisted she and Jennifer Walker sing Happy Birthday in Dutch to me!

 See more on our blog, http://spinningbabies.blogspot.com/2016/10/spinning-babies-conference-2016.html



Tomesha Walker of WalkerGroup, LLC 

Tomesha Walker came from Cleveland to do promotion and video coverage during the conference. She added her own unique element of joy in every interview. See her interviews on our Spinning Babies Facebook page. 

Tomesha also taught our trainers the basics of social media promotion while she was with us. Expect to see more from the trainers on Facebook!












"...Thank you for the absolutely wonderful beyond words Spinning Babies Confluence....thank you!" - Charrie, Attendee
The magic of Phyllis. Phyllis Klaus gives up-to-date MindBody techniques for fetal positioning, healthy pregnancies and overcoming past birth trauma. Follow her in depth sessions in person.
The magic of Phyllis. Phyllis Klaus gave up-to-date MindBody techniques for fetal positioning, healthy pregnancies and overcoming past birth trauma.
“It’s a great honor for me to be here with Gail and what she has created and given to us, world wide, to understand the wisdom of the body and the human spirit and the baby.” - Phyllis Klaus said as she began her talk on how she may use the  MindBody approach in fetal position in pregnancy and in healing the messages we carry onward from birth.

"This conference was incredible all around and I am so grateful to have been a part of it. Looking to the future once school is complete ... I would love to offer my service to any future endeavors."  -Shyla Earl, Intake Coordinator for Everyday-Miracles.org in Minneapolis

Jenny Blyth and Fiona Hallinan introduced a warm and welcoming approach to mobilizing the pelvis that won American hearts.
"There hasn't been anything this big in the birth world for a long time, since Janet Balaskas... nah, this is bigger."   -Fiona Hallinan, RN, RM.

Dr. Dennis Hartung, OB, speaks on safely avoiding cesareans at the Confluence. His session is not live streamed. Enjoy this intimate gathering with one of our local birth heroes. 




Our top level sponsors for the Minneapolis St. Paul
Spinning Babies 2016 World Confluence were:
Blooma LogoBlooma.com
"SISTER!!!!  You KICKED ASS!"  - Sarah Longacre, Blooma Yoga
Childbirth Collective
ChildbirthCollective.org

Our Next Biggest Confluence is in Sao Paulo, Brazil
when Sia Parto and Spinning Babies converge in
early September, 2018 
Also read the previous blog post.

Spinning Babies Conference 2016


Sweet '16  The Success of Our Confluence
The new paradigm is begun

In 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon as participants left I heard,

"This was the best conference I've been to in my life." heard 3x in a row
"This was the best conference I've been to in my career.""The was the best conference I've ever been to!" 





If you weren't able to be with us, you can still share the love! Here's what happened!


The Spinning Babies Workshop started our 5-days of learning with  Rachel Shapiro, CPM and CNM-student. It was a full house to say the least! Gail was so proud to introduce Rachel in her trainers circle at the conference! SpinningBabies.com/meet-the-trainers/rachel-shapiro 
ACNM has granted 7 Contact Hours or .7 Continuing Education Units for Certified Nurse Midwives.
MEAC has granted 7 Contact Hours or .7 Continuing Education Units for Certified Professional Midwives. 
Doula organizations, such as DONA International, often accept these CEUs. By the way, DONA International has approved the Spinning Babies Workshop as an advanced doula training but because this is Rachel's first workshop, she had not yet applied to be on faculty for the recognition by DONA International for this purpose. That may come along soon.

Denise Bolds, of Bold Doula used her blogging presence to
address issues of equity at our conference and in the birth world. 

Thursday attendees dove into the topic of their choice for the day. Everyone was beaming as they left for the day. Thursday Speakers included 
Angelina Martinez Miranda, Midwife. 
Carol Phillips, DC; 
Adrienne Caldwell, LMT
Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LCSW

ACNM has granted 7 Contact Hours or .7 Continuing Education Units for Certified Nurse Midwives.
Jenny Blyth and Fiona Hallinan, contact hours pending.
Belly Mapping with parents and potential belly painters finished the day! This one does not have continuing education credits.


"The conference was the best of the best!" 
Emily Shier is a DONA International approved doula trainer in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Friday celebrated 16 different speakers through the day. Seriously, something for everyone! Interest tracks included 3 maternity care topics and one mentoring bonus discussion with Penny Simkin; pelvic topics with Jenny Blyth and Fiona Hallinan; bodywork topics with Lindsay McCoy, Deb McLaughlin, and Marcello Windolph; and (recorded for the webinar in the main room) Breech with Jane Evans, Anke Reitter, and short presentations from Adrienne Caldwell, Phyllis Klaus, Angelina Martinez Miranda, Dennis Hartung, Leslie Sedlak, Nicole Morales and Gail Tully.

"This was the best conference because in every room I went into, people were hugging!"

Penny Simkin mentors our own Megan Edington.

Saturday presented the paradigm with Penny Simkin, Anke Reitter, and Gail Tully (recorded in the webinar). Claudia Booker gave dynamic presentations on The New Face of American Birth and "Women of African Descent:  Modern Day Implications and Strategies for Pregnancy, Labor and the Vaginal Birthing of Our Babies. An Interactive, Town Hall and Sharing Presentation". Participants also heard Dennis Hartung, OB on Safely Reducing Cesareans; Phyllis Klaus on Resolving Birth Trauma; and Deb McLaughlin on craniosacral protocols.

Sunday began with Jeanne Ohm on Chiropractic considerations in her Great Expectations talk. Dennis Hartung showed mildly complicated breech births to encourage an understanding that slowdowns in breech birth can be handled by skilled providers who want to reduce cesareans, and Gail and her trainers spoke on how to bring Spinning Babies into the practice of providers, particularly nurses and doulas. 




Speakers throughout the conference were Adrienne Caldwell, LMT; Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra, CPE; Angelina Martinez Miranda, Midwife, Anke Reitter, MD. PhD, Fetal Maternal Medicine Specialist; Carol Phillips, DC; Claudia Booker, MEd, CPM;  Deb E. McLaughlin, CST, CPM;  Denny Hartung, OB; Jane Evans, independent midwife in the UK;  Jeanne Ohm, DC;  Jenny Blyth and Fiona Hallinan;  Jessica Peterson, DC; Lindsay McCoy, Restorative Exercise Specialist; Marcello Windolph, Fasciatherapie; Penny Simkin, PT;  Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LCSW; and Wendy Foster, Birth Recovery Specialist;

Spinning Babies Approved Trainers who spoke at the conference and pre-conference were Jennifer Walker, Lorenza Holt, Marya Molette, Nicole Morales, Rachel Shapiro, Tammy Ryan and Gail Tully, 

Are you interested in how many continuing education credits were given to which sessions? See the Spinning Babies conference website at 


Tomesha Walker of WalkerGroup, LLC 

Tomesha Walker came from Cleveland to do promotion and video coverage during the conference. She added her own unique element of joy in every interview. See her interviews on our Spinning Babies Facebook page. 

Tomesha also taught our trainers the basics of social media promotion while she was with us. Expect to see more from the trainers on Facebook!





More on the conference: 








"...Thank you for the absolutely wonderful beyond words Spinning Babies Confluence....thank you!" - Charrie, Attendee
The magic of Phyllis. Phyllis Klaus gives up-to-date MindBody techniques for fetal positioning, healthy pregnancies and overcoming past birth trauma. Follow her in depth sessions in person.
The magic of Phyllis. Phyllis Klaus gave up-to-date MindBody techniques for fetal positioning, healthy pregnancies and overcoming past birth trauma.
“It’s a great honor for me to be here with Gail and what she has created and given to us, world wide, to understand the wisdom of the body and the human spirit and the baby.” - Phyllis Klaus said as she began her talk on how she may use the  MindBody approach in fetal position in pregnancy and in healing the messages we carry onward from birth.

"This conference was incredible all around and I am so grateful to have been a part of it. Looking to the future once school is complete ... I would love to offer my service to any future endeavors."  -Shyla Earl, Intake Coordinator for Everyday-Miracles.org in Minneapolis

Jenny Blyth and Fiona Hallinan introduced a warm and welcoming approach to mobilizing the pelvis that won American hearts.
"There hasn't been anything this big in the birth world for a long time, since Janet Balaskas... nah, this is bigger."   -Fiona Hallinan, RN, RM.


Dr. Dennis Hartung, OB, speaks on safely avoiding cesareans at the Confluence. His session is not live streamed. Enjoy this intimate gathering with one of our local birth heroes. 




Our top level sponsors for the Minneapolis St. Paul
Spinning Babies 2016 World Confluence were:
Blooma LogoBlooma.com
"SISTER!!!!  You KICKED ASS!"  - Sarah Longacre, Blooma Yoga
Childbirth Collective
ChildbirthCollective.org

Our Next Biggest Confluence is in Sao Paulo, Brazil
when Sia Parto and Spinning Babies converge in
early September, 2018 
Also read the previous blog post on attendance of Birth Workers of Color.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Response to Denise Bolds' Spinning While Black blog post

Denise Bolds, Bold Doula was a welcome participant at our recent Spinning Babies 2016 World Confluence and wrote a blog about the whiteness of the conference and trainers. Her title, Spinning While Black is a play on her series, Birthing While Black. 


                                                                                                     2 October, 2016

                                                                                         
Dear Denise,
I so enjoyed your presence at our conference. You contributed to the richness of the overall experience. May I say here how grateful I am that you hopped on a plane to come?

I called and invited you to blog for the Spinning Babies 2016 World Confluence and I asked you to share your perspective and not to be held to a promotional approach. Birth organizations arising out of the white culture often have little representation of other cultures. Spinning Babies can also do better.

I want to honor the birth and body workers of Color who have crossed cultural lines to attend Spinning Babies Workshops. I wasn’t just giving them something but each individual brought value themselves.

Fortunately, I can say that many African American Birth and Body Workers have shared enthusiasm, attended and used Spinning Babies to enhance their own creative birth solutions. I confidently stand by my efforts to invite and respect the African American birthing community.

Let’s review my actions. I have enough sense to know questions about African American involvement in white culture cannot be answered by a white person.

Our Speakers, Ms. Claudia Booker and Ms. Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra, and two invited speakers, Shafia Monroe and Nikki Plaskett, whose lives took other courses and they were unable to attend but whose initial affirmation offered much hope and direction in creating a safe place for Birth Workers of Colors at the conference. I am humbled and honored. I worked closely with Ms. Claudia Booker, Master of Education, and Grand Challenge organizer, to offer an open and meaningful scholarship.  
I called and invited Birth Workers of Color locally and nationally.  

Seven African American leaders in the birth world hosted Spinning Babies Workshops. I spoke with them about becoming a Spinning Babies Approved Trainer. Five were possible candidates for the 2015 pilot group and two, as midwives with interest, had a very real potential, but found the expense and time away from successful birth businesses to be obstacles.

Perhaps a note of interest to your readers is that Rebecca Polston, owner of Roots Community Birth Center, whom you mention in your post, Denise, consulted with us about the conference scholarship process. To share a bit of personal and community history, Rebecca attended prenatal appointments in my home for approximately a year during her student days with her preceptor, worked with me on The Resolving Shoulder Dystocia video, and refers parents to me when there are persisting questions of breech fetal positioning. She let me know she wasn’t coming to the conference but was able to stop in at the party. She greeted me warmly the next weekend at the Birth and Baby Expo in our Twin Cities.


Claudia Booker is my dear friend. In the US public health crisis of neonatal mortality and prematurity brought on by the stress of racism, she is my wise advisor. I am grateful for her involvement in this conference and in the next. She gave two dynamic talks and shaped the scholarship acceptance process and questionnaire. Our trust in one another is immense. 

What will Spinning Babies do to address inequities now?
An equity statement is in process.

CNM, LaVonne Moore, active in both the Minnesota Cultural Birthworkers and Cultural Wellness Center, has invited me to come be with this amazing group for a local Spinning Babies Workshop.

Plans for formalizing scholarship spots throughout the organization are in place. I have offered spots in my workshops since 1997.

Two things I would ask to mention here, Denise, is first I am grateful that participants from Mexico, Central America, and South America as well as Americans of Hispanic and Latina heritage, which were self-identifications offered in conversation. Some came expressly to be with Angelina Martinez Miranda. And second, a gift of great magnitude was the presence of five Native attendees and Akhmiri Skehr-Ra’s teaching partner, Millicent Simenson.

Native babies die at rates multiplying those of any other race in the US and Canada. Pat Welch, founder of The Turtle Women said Native Peoples suffer an invisible genocide. That year, of every 1000 babies born, Minnesota whites lost 4, African Americans 9, and Native families lost 29 babies, out of every 1000. Please know in our descriptions of racial inequities, we will not brush off the 9 by remembering the 29.

My gratitude to you, Denise Bolds begins with your Bold stance. I’m also grateful for the presence and care of Tomesha Walker (not a relative of Denise’s, nor of Jennifer Walker’s), a self-acclaimed supporter like so many of your readers.  Claudia, Akhmiri, Tomesha and yourself are empowering African American birthing women with Spinning Babies. That you would have Spinning Babies in mind while giving your lives to overcoming disparities and inequities of maternity care in this country is humbling and empowering to me personally.

Let us engage in a process to find how Birth and Body Workers of Color can extract value from Spinning Babies in ways that sustain integrity for their personal and cultural lives.


With Much Hope For Continued Dialogue,

Gail Tully

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.