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How Webster Technique Can Ease Your Pregnancy

How Webster Technique Can Ease Your Pregnancy

Listen to what this mom says about how the chiropractic webster
technique helped her avoid a risky procedure at the hospital:

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman's pelvis and reduce stress to the uterus and supporting ligaments. Restoring balance to the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal position.  A 2002 study found that the Webster Technique resulted in an 82% success rate of turning breech baby[1]

Even when the baby is not breech, a constrained uterus due to misalignments in the pelvis may inhibit the normal progression of delivery. Using gentle, non-invasive chiropractic {C}adjustments, the pelvis is relaxed and delivery can proceed easily, reducing the need for medical intervention, and reducing stress on both mother and baby.

Dr. Pauline and Dr. Brent are both trained in the Webster Technique.  If you know someone in another city that you know would benefit from prenatal chiropractic care, they would be happy to recommend a Webster Technique trained chiropractor in their area.

Webster Technique for Prenatal Chiropractic

Women have been giving birth for hundreds of thousands of years, and if the planet's soaring human population is any indication, we're pretty darn good at it.  In the last half century, however, the vast majority of births have moved from the home to the hospital.  While it is true that infant mortality rate has dropped dramatically thanks to modern science, many research studies indicate that modern home births are as safe as, or safer than, hospital births [2].

One of the more disconcerting trends among hospital births is the recent dramatic increase in cesarean sections being performed, even when a vaginal birth is possible.  From 1999 to 2010 the percentage of deliveries by cesarean section in Ontario have jumped from 20.2% to 28.4% [3].  Meanwhile, the World Health Organization recommends that only 10-15% of births be performed by cesarean.

Unnecessary c-sections pose increased risk to both mother and baby, and like any surgery, should always be used as a last resort.  How do you avoid unnecessary procedures?  The first step is to be well-informed about your pregnancy and the options that are available to you.  If you're interested in a more natural birth, choosing a midwife over an obstetrician may better suit your needs.

Midwives believe that mothers have the right to make informed choices about their birth.  They provide complete care throughout pregnancy, labour, birth, and early infancy.  They can be present for both home and hospital births, are fully trained primary care providers, and are completely covered by OHIP.  Additionally, the incidence of c-sections among deliveries assisted by midwives is nearly half the rate of doctor-assisted deliveries [4].

The second way to avoid c-sections is to make sure your body is prepared for delivery by getting chiropractic adjustments throughout your pregnancy. A pregnant woman's body goes through many changes [5].  When the pelvis is misaligned, it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby, making it difficult for the baby to get into the best position for delivery. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation, and is frequently a reason for instigating a c-section.  The Webster Technique is one of the ways your chiropractor can help to balance the hips and pelvis.

Learn more about the Prenatal Chiropractic Care at Arc of Life

Find out more about the benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

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