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Spinning Babies® practitioners in San Diego

At A Family Affair Birth Center in San Diego, our Spinning Babies® Awareness Practitioners promote optimal fetal positioning by freeing up restricted spaces (including ligaments, fascia, and muscles within the pelvis) to help create balance in the pelvis. By addressing imbalances and restrictions in the mother's pelvic and abdominal muscles, our Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioners help promote a smoother, more efficient birth. Empower yourself for positive birth experience with our caring and knowledgeable team.

We offer Spinning Babies® Bodywork to all, regardless of who your care provider is, or where you are delivering.

If you select A Family Affair Midwifery for your prenatal care, Spinning Babies® bodywork is a luxurious relaxing addition included in your care plan.

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" The midwifes are amazing. They value the birthing couple as well as the Doula.  I look forward to many more births at the Birth Center."

Ginger A.

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Spinning Babies®

Spinning Babies® is a physiological approach to preparing for and caring for birth.

During birth, babies descend through the pelvis by turning to fit each curve in the passage, as they make their descent through the birth canal. Baby’s turns are called “fetal rotations” or "cardinal movements." If fetal rotation and movements can be made easier, birth is easier for everyone.

So, rather than increasing technology or medication to help childbirth, we activate nature within the body by working with the body in new ways. We begin with physiology and only move to interventions, if and when needed.

Understanding the importance of physiology, and the body's desire to to be balanced at all times, Spinning Babies® allows for more creative, body-centered options during your pregnancy, labor and birth.

By utilizing Spinning Babies® "Three Principles of Balance, Gravity, and Movement," you will be working in concert with your body and your baby as you each do your part in the dynamic, miraculous process of birth.

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Spinning Babies®
Birth Preparation  

We offer a unique pregnancy and birth preparation program with labor activities and bodywork that have been shown to ease birth.

Spinning Babies® can be used with any childbirth method or none at all. Spinning Babies® approach is good in any childbirth setting, home, hospital, or birth center.

Self-care and specific body activities restore body balance and make room for the baby.

Babies then put themselves
into the best positions possible for childbirth – within the anatomical space available.
So let's make room for baby!

Our Spinning Babies® Parents Class
(one 3 hr. session)
is essential because your baby has an active role in birth! Your baby’s job in labor is to rotate, to spin, sort of like a corkscrew, & descend. It’s not a straight shot out. It is a beautifully complex set of movements and rotation, that mom and baby must perform together to have a successful vaginal birth.

  • Our classes are available to all families regardless of where you plan to deliver your baby.

  • This class is FREE for all families birthing with A Family Affair Birth Center

Contact us today to learn more about our classes and reserve your spot now.

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How it works

This birth will only happen once. So let's get you prepared.

A Family Affair Birth Center is excited to welcome you to LIVE, Hands-on, In-Person, “No More Zoom”  Childbirth Preparation Classes, featuring one of our favorite, and one of San Diego’s most sought after Childbirth Educators, Lactation Educator and Doula, Debbe Cannone.

  • This comprehensive 5-week series (each 2.5hrs) prepares parents, physically, mentally and emotionally for their baby's birth.

  • Feel supported, informed and empowered.

  • Get to know others who are going through the same journey at the same time. You'll learn, and laugh and build a new network of friends as you all embrace this adventure into parenthood.

Frequently asked questions

We believe information is power. This takes you from being a submissive patient to an informed individual preparing to birth their baby. We want all parents to be the leading voices in the choices around the birth of their baby.

Unfortunately no. Research has shown that there is so much more to birth preparation classes than just hearing the content. The benefits of in-person classes, broken up into a series of classes, allows our brains to hear, digest, and process at a much deeper level. Because each class is designed to layer one on top of the other, each week the understanding of the content, the ability to ask questions, and the important component of developing muscle memory as coping techniques are learned and applied, that is simply irreplaceable. Then throughout the days between classes, there should be a few minutes of daily practice and application of skills learned, and the time to reflect on the content, and get ready to dive a little deeper in preparation for the birth of your labor. You would never take a shortcut preparing for any other big momentous event, like interviewing for your dream job, preparing to run a marathon, or mastering the big waves of Hawaii's North Shore. This is the time to embrace the education that can help you cross the finish line of the birth you desire. It takes mental fortitude, the ability to surrender 60 seconds at a time, a sense of humor, emotional agility, and physical preparedness. There is no substitute, and you will get out of it what you put into it. But it is so rewarding! And our in-person classes will also provide you with the camaraderie that leads to support and encouragement from your other "teammates" as you all learn, and laugh, and share imaginary high-fives, supporting each other across the finish line. Sometimes these friendships that are formed last a lifetime!

Trust me. Ignorance is NOT bliss. And that was bad advice. Childbirth education classes can help you understand the possible situations you may find yourself in, and help you feel confident making choices in each situation to help ensure a healthy delivery for you and baby. We go through various scenarios, and engage in meaningful discussions, because we know that the fear of something is often bigger than the reality. Once we understand it, we can neutralize it, taking away the power the subconscious effect can have on our labors. In essence we place context around all the unknowns and "get the elephant out of the room." If you have subconscious fears or anxiety, it can get in the way of a normally progressing labor, and we don't want your hard work being hindered in any way. Putting our head in the sand and not talking about it does not prevent unwanted things from happening. We are not "calling bad things in" by acknowledging concerns as some people would have you believe. You are an intelligent person, and you will empower yourself and your partner by knowing the truths that can surround birth, and being fully informed and prepared to make strong decision if the moment comes. You can trust yourself to handle the information, and you can prepare to be the hero in your own birth story because you educated yourself, and are now ready to do the work.

Yes, we do have several amazing educators who offer private classes whether in your home, or at the Birth Center. From Prenatal Childbirth Education Classes, to Breastfeeding Classes, Paced Bottle Feeding and Newborn Care. While we love the format and excitement of being back in person, we know that for a variety of reasons, some couples simply need personal classes over a much shorter time period. And we are here to help. However, if you are looking for classes not on our current schedule, we recommend the Birth Education Center in San Diego.

How can we help?

Have a question? Get in touch.

Conveniently located across the street from Palomar-Pomerado hospital - Poway campus, just 5 minutes from the 15 freeway.

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Patient testimonials

" Every midwife was perfect in their own way and the birthcenter itself so beautiful. The last thing I'll mention is that if anything were to go wrong, hopefully never, Palomar Pomerado hospital is literally right across the street from this birth center. "
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Jennifer A.

"As a Doula I love when my clients choose to use A family Affair Birth Center. The midwifes are amazing. They value the birthing couple as well as the Doula."
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Ginger A.

" The feeling inside is very comfortable and home-like. I really appreciated having a bed large enough for my husband and I to lay on with our newborn after she was born. Tamara is very professional. "
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Janai B.

" Tamara is an absolute angel who worked within our personal situation to allow us an amazing birth experience at her center, and we are forever indebted to her. "
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Noelle I.

" The care of the midwives and staff at A Family Affair Birth Center has been so refreshing and comforting! They spend time to get to know you and how you want to approach birth. "
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Alysha S.

" I toured the Family Affair Birth Center this past weekend. What a blessing for soon-to-be and new moms! What a beautiful place to have a baby! "
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Margie W.

" Our family would wholeheartedly recommend this experience for anyone looking to feel in control of their birth choices "
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" Instead of a quick appointment that is just measuring belly and listening to heartbeat they take the time to listen to you and help you have the best pregnancy possible. "
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