The transition from being inside the mom to outside the mom is a big moving day for most of us. It is dark, wet, warm, safe and comfortable one minute. Then it is bright, cold, dry, and people are slapping you the next. That change is potentially one of the most dangerous days of your life. There are so many things that can go wrong. But some of these dangers can be reduced by the application of chiropractic adjustments to correct subluxation in the mom. Here are some examples:
A study done by a chiropractor who was a nurse mid-wife prior to becoming a chiropractor found that the length of labor for women who have been adjusted throughout their pregnancy is about half that of the national norm, adjusted for 1st, 2nd, 3rd pregnancy of course. This is what we call water-melon seed babies. Like a watermelon seed squeezed between your fingers, the baby just shoots out. Hopefully it won’t be quite that fast but it will be faster than the average. This is not only good for mom since she wants labor to be as short as possible, but it is good for the fetus too. A quick delivery reduces the chance of heart stress, the use of forceps or vacuum extractor, and the probability of C-section, not to mention other birth traumas. A traumatic birth can and does result in subluxation, severe injury, and even death. The adjustments have helped the fetus.
The same chiropractor, who is also the founder of the International Chiropractors Association Council on Pediatrics as well as the founder of their Diplomate program on chiropractic pediatrics has observed that she has never seen a pregnant woman under chiropractic care develop toxemia of pregnancy. Toxemia is known to result in danger to the fetus, premature labor, and the need for premature C-section. Again, the adjustments have helped the fetus.
Finally, a chiropractor by the name of Webster found that the reason why babies are breech, transverse, or sunny side up (in uterine constraint) is due to the alignment of the spine and pelvis. Furthermore, he developed a methodology to analyze the mom and adjust her to correct this misalignment. In 97% of the over 700 women that he performed what became known as Webster’s Breech Technique he was successful in having the baby spontaneously turn to the normal vertex position prior to delivery. This avoided the need for the dangerous version technique employed by OB-Gyn’s, in which they try to turn the baby using brute force, or C-section, or the dangerous natural delivery of a breech baby. I have done the Webster’s technique on 5 occasions and am 5 for 5. Again, the adjustments have helped the fetus.
So while most of you have never thought of chiropractic care during pregnancy for yourself or your wife, your friends or loved ones there is nothing but an upside, not only to the mom, but to the baby. Every baby deserves the best start we can give them.