Chiropractic and Breech births

A number of weeks ago, a woman walked into our office and stated that she was 37 weeks pregnant and that her baby was breech (diagnosed by ultrasound).  She stated that she did not want to have a c-section and asked if we could help.  She was schedule for another ultrasound in 5 days.  I explained to her that I do not practice obstetrics and do not turn babies, but that I could assess her spinal alignment could adjust her using the Webster Technique if warranted.   The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association explains the Webster Technique as follows: that a “sacral misalignment causes the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments.  It is these tense muscles and ligaments and their constraining effect on the uterus which prevents the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth. The Webster Technique is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and facilitates biomechanical balance in pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments. This has been shown to reduce the effects of intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.”

I saw the patient for a few treatments, including a scheduled late Sunday evening appointment before her early Monday morning ultrasound. She returned to our office that afternoon and proclaimed “My baby turned!”

Three weeks later, Mom naturally birthed a healthy baby boy.  No C-Section.

( To read the entire article on Webster technique please click here).