This is an article I wrote that got published in The Expectant Mother’s Guide.
The Webster Technique
Supporting Labor and Delivery
Chiropractic care has a wonderful reputation for safely reducing pain and discomfort during pregnancy, but did you know that chiropractic care during pregnancy can also help make the delivery easier and faster? Many pregnant women fear delivery and the possible complications. If they are told their baby is breech, they have more stress and are often told they cannot prepare for labor and must just hope for the best. Chiropractors, especially those who have learned Webster Technique, can help balance the pelvis and supporting ligaments. This balanced state allows for the baby, even if he or she is breech, to naturally move into a better position for birth.
When a pregnant woman starts to waddle as she walks, due to the growing abdomen and imbalance of weight, the joints in her pelvis can start to lock up and cause her piriformis muscle to tighten. This tight muscle can also be associated with sciatica down her leg. When the pelvis locks up and muscles in the back of the pelvis get tight, so can supporting structures in the front, such as the round ligament. With muscles and ligaments around the baby tight, the baby has to fight them to get in a good position for delivery. Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic technique that focuses specifically on relaxing those areas, allowing the baby to easily move into the right position for birth.
There are other causes of breech presentation and the need for a cesarean section besides muscle imbalance. However, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of rotating babies when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. The results from the study also suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the technique as soon as the eighth month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation.
Receiving care throughout your pregnancy can reduce discomfort of your back, support your balance to reduce falls, and keep your pelvis is proper alignment in case you have an earlier than expected labor. It is also a good idea to have an established relationship with a chiropractor so, if you have a day where you need care immediately; they are already familiar with how your body works and can quickly respond.