Research Reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Shows Chiropractic Can Help with Breech Births

Recent research reporting on a woman experiencing a breech presentation reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping pregnant women deliver normally in such situations.

Atlanta, GA, February 11, 2010 --( The research, reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic includes a review of the literature on chiropractic’s role in breech presentations.

“Research is revealing that chiropractic care can play a crucial role during pregnancy, labor and delivery” stated Dr. Pamela Stone-McCoy one of the co-authors of the study. “The research showing that chiropractic can affect a breech presentation thereby avoiding dangerous interventional techniques such as C-sections is growing” added Dr. Stone-McCoy.

Despite widespread education and efforts to curb dangerous birthing interventions such as caesarean sections, their use remains high and concerns amongst health care advocates is growing. The concern centers around the use of high risk interventions for “convenience” of the doctor or mother without taking into consideration the long term effects of a traumatic birth on the child.

“It makes a lot of sense when you think about it” stated Dr. Margaret Sliwka, co-author on the paper. “We see this shocking increase in the number of interventional procedures during birth when there are alternatives such as the use of chiropractic to allow the mother and child to have a normal birth. We need to take advantage of these advances.”

As pointed out in the paper, chiropractic can play a beneficial role during pregnancy and the birth process in cases where the mother is experiencing some type of distortion or twisting of her pelvis and related musculature that is interfering with the baby’s position or the delivery process.

“The goal is for the mother to be checked prior to the time of delivery so that these problems can be corrected beforehand and a difficult labor avoided” remarked Dr. Stone-McCoy adding “While this is only a single case study, coupled with numerous other case studies and some larger clinical studies, it’s time that health care providers started taking it seriously.”

Spinal and pelvic distortions, termed subluxations by chiropractors, result in structural and neurological interference to the spine and nerve system. It is this interference that may interfere with the birth process and chiropractors correct or reduce this interference.

The mother reported on in the study was 37 years old and was 35 weeks pregnant with her third child. She sought chiropractic care after an ultrasound ordered by her obstetrician reveled the breech presentation. The obstetrician recommended scheduling an elective cesarean section but the patient stated she was looking for an alternative to having a cesarean section.

The mother was managed utilizing a very light-force chiropractic procedure called Webster Technique and after just five Webster Technique adjustments, the fetus turned from a frank breech position to a vertex, head-down position. A follow-up ultrasound confirmed the improvement and the mother delivered a normal healthy baby boy without complications.

The authors of the study call for more research on the role of chiropractic care in pregnancy and delivery.

Matthew McCoy, DC, MPH
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic