Resolution of Breech Pregnancy with Chiropractic

What is Breech Position? Can Chiropractic Care Help Turn Breech Babies?

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on November 28, 2016, documenting the resolution of a breech presentation pregnancy as confirmed by ultrasound following chiropractic.

Resolution of Breech Pregnancy with Chiropractic-Austin-TX-Chiropractic-Fertility-Babies-Infants-Toddlers-Pediatric-Birthing-CenterThe study begins by pointing out that as delivery is closer, the ideal position for a fetus is called vertex. This is where the fetus has the head downward with the back of the head facing forward. A breech presentation is when the buttock is positioned to exit the vaginal canal before the head. A breech birth can create a number of issues including problems with dilation and compression of the umbilical cord. Additionally issues including baby inhaling fluids, higher death rates, neurological issues, cerebral palsy, fractures and brachial plexus traction injuries can occur from this situation.

In this case, a 27-year-old woman who was 35 weeks pregnant came to the chiropractor. At that time, her fetus was in the breech position. She was also experiencing some intermittent pain in the tailbone region that was worse at night and relieved by changing positions. The woman had heard about the Webster technique, used by chiropractors, that has shown success with breech pregnancies.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, a postural analysis, and thermal scans. Based on the examination, chiropractic was started using specific forms of adjustments and the Webster technique.

After the first adjustment, the patient noticed the baby moving at night. On her next visit, she stated that she believed her baby had turned and that she had an appointment with her obstetrician scheduled. On the third visit to the chiropractor, the woman confirmed that an ultrasound examination by her obstetrician showed the fetus had moved into the normal vertex position. She also reported that her other conditions had improved by 90% since starting chiropractic care.

The authors of this case study also conducted a literature review of similar cases and noted that the documented cases show the Webster technique having a 95% success rate in having breech pregnancies return to the normal vertex.

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), founded by the late Dr. Larry Webster defines the chiropractic technique he developed as, “The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.” The ICPA further explained the relationship between breech pregnancy resolution and the Webster technique by saying, “In regards to pregnant mothers, Dr. Webster reported that when a mother sought care and her baby was in a breech position, the restoration of pelvic neuro-biomechanics with this adjustment also frequently facilitated optimal fetal positioning.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson. We are located in north central Austin, TX.


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Cesarean Avoided due to Transverse Pregnancy Resolution with Chiropractic

What Is A Transverse or Breech Position? Can Chiropractic Help Avoid Cesarean Sections?

Published in the the Journal of  Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health on November 25, 2014, is a case study of a transverse pregnancy being corrected and a cesarean birth being avoided due to chiropractic care. The normal position for a fetus in the third trimester of pregnancy is head-down, known as the vertex position.

A transverse presentation, also known as a shoulder presentation, is when the fetus is lying across the mother’s womb. This type of presentation is more dangerous that a breech presentation where the fetus is positioned feet-first. The risks associated with transverse presentation include premature rupture of membranes, placenta previa, and a higher prenatal mortality rate.  The authors of this study note that transverse or shoulder presentation occurs in approximately 1 in 300 deliveries.

Cesarean Avoided due to Transverse Pregnancy Resolution with ChiropracticBreech and transverse presentation result in a much higher rate of cesarean birth. In the U.S., 86% of breech presentations are birthed through Cesarean section.  A cesarean birth comes with a list of possible complications including obstetric shock, uterine rupture, cardiac arrest and hemorrhage which can result in the need for a blood transfusions and/or a complete hysterectomy.

The study reports that the World Health Organization (WHO) states that only a 10-15% cesarean rate is appropriate.  In the U.S. in 2011, the cesarean rate was 32.8%, but only roughly 12% of those were due to a breech or transverse presentation.

This case involved a 28-year-old expectant mother who came to the chiropractor in the 37th week of her pregnancy. She had an ultra sound 2 weeks earlier that confirmed the her fetus was in the transverse position. She also just started experiencing low back and sciatic-like pains down both of her legs.

A chiropractic examination revealed muscle spasm, as well as spinal and pelvic subluxations. It was decided to utilize the Webster technique with spinal adjustments.  The Webster technique is a specific technique developed by a chiropractor, Dr. Larry Webster. This special procedure addresses in-uterine constraint in a very non-traumatic way. The procedure has been shown to be very effective in allowing a breech fetus to return to the normal vertex position.

During the application of the Website technique, the chiropractor noticed a pelvic relaxation indicating that the procedure was successful.  The woman had a checkup with her ObGyn shortly after seeing the chiropractor. An ultrasound was performed that confirmed the fetus had moved into the normal vertex position. The woman continued chiropractic care and had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery at 40 weeks.

In their conclusion, the author discussed the success of this case and wrote about how this procedure could help many other expectant mothers in the same situation, “This case report discussed the chiropractic management of a patient with a transverse lie fetus utilizing the Webster Technique. Women in this same position are often faced with the challenge of deciding what is best for their health and for the health of the fetus. Common solutions include cesarean section and ECV, however both come with risks to the mother and the fetus.”

Did you know chiropractic adjustments can result in easier pregnancy and significantly decreased labor times? It also helps assist mothers return to prepartum health. In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labor times than the group not receiving chiropractic, and multiparous subjects reported 39% shorter labor times. Thirty-nine percent-that’s a massive difference. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care.

More information about Chiropractic and Pregnancy / Case Studies.

To see if chiropractic care can help with your pregnancy, please call 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson.

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