• Aliena (Ali) Davis, DC

Why You Should Include a Chiropractor in Your Birth Plan

If you're planning a vaginal delivery in a hospital or birth center or at your home, chiropractic care during labor could be a great option for you! We work with your birth care provider, your doula, and/or your partner so they know when to call us and you don't have to worry about coordinating any of that between contractions - you can focus on birthing your baby. Let's talk about why this is such a great option. According to Williams Obstetrics, dystocia - or more simply, difficult labor - is caused by issues in one of three categories: powers (uterine contractility/maternal expulsive effort), passenger (the fetus), and passage (the maternal pelvis). Interestingly enough, adjustments during labor may influence each of these categories. Let’s take a closer look at how this occurs. Category 1: Powers. When structural shift occurs, neurological function can often be impeded. In the case of normal labor, structural shift involving the sacrum may negatively impact the parasympathetic nervous system in such a way that uterine contractility is somewhat compromised. As mentioned above, problems with uterine contractility often lead to a diagnosis of dystocia or difficult labor and may lead to interventions such as pitocin, bed rest, and/or cesarean delivery. Correcting these issues in early labor may be a key component of avoiding unwanted interventions. Category 2: Passenger. As you may already know, structural shift involving the sacrum can place tension on the uterosacral ligaments, which may in turn make it more difficult for the baby to maneuver into the proper head-down position for delivery. This is one of the reasons why we recommend structural correction during pregnancy to correct these obstacles to optimal fetal positioning prior to the onset of labor. Category 3: Passage. Structural shift involving the bones of the pelvis may present the baby with an obstacle course, of sorts, during descent into and through the birth canal. Depending on the area of the pelvis affected, these issues may present during early labor as difficulty achieving proper dilation, or later in labor as inability to deliver without perineal tearing. Correcting this during labor may help achieve an easier, more comfortable delivery. If you’d like to include chiropractic care in your birth plan, book a complimentary consultation today!

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