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Midwifery and Chiropractic: Bonding for Life - Page 2

Written by Jeanne Ohm, D.C.   
Thursday, 26 June 2008 11:40
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Midwives around the country are hearing about this technique and seeking out chiropractors trained in its use. Alliances are forming in communities and both mothers and babies are spared the irreparable damage caused by the growing number of c-sections and other unnecessary birth interventions. Midwives are referring patients to chiropractors early in pregnancy, recognizing the importance of long-term balance in the pelvis and a functional nerve system throughout pregnancy. When the potential for dystocia is decreased, we see overall easier, safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.

In 2002, the ICPA responded to the growing demand for this skill and began a marathon of classes to train Doctors in the correct application and use of this adjustment. Today, we maintain the only database available of Chiropractors who have been tested and are proficient in the Webster Technique. Doctors trained through the ICPA, have learned how to apply this specific adjustment, along with other chiropractic techniques, to benefit the mother  throughout pregnancy in preparation for a better, more natural birth. 

Working with chiropractors almost every weekend from 2002 to the present, I know that one of their greatest objectives of chiropractors is to eliminate as many variables that lead to traumatic birth and therefore injury of the newborn's spine, cranium and nervous system. To achieve this goal, we need the help of midwives! We need their valuable services and care to the women in our communities. Our growing support of midwifery will fulfill their mission for natural birthing and ours as well.

So too, having worked with midwives since the early 80's, I know that their services are invaluable in helping to achieve safer and easier births for both the mother and baby. Specific chiropractic care helps to provide an environment for safer, easier, faster deliveries.7,8 Midwifery care is known to do so as well.9 Chiropractors, make the effort to meet with and educate the midwives in your area about your valuable services. Show support and enthusiasm for their important care. Together we will restore the sanctity and right of natural childbirth.

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  7. Hofmeyr GJ, Nikodem VC, Wolman WL, Chalmers BE, Kramer T. Companionship to modify the clinical birth environment: effects on progress and perceptions of labour, and breastfeeding. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1991 ;98(8):756-64
  8. Sosa R, Kennell J, Klaus M, Robertson S, Urrutia J. The effect of a supportive companion on perinatal problems, length of labor, and mother-infant interaction. N Engl J Med 1980; 303(11): 597-600.