Pregnancy and Breech Babies

I’m going to be talking today just a little bit about chiropractic, pregnancy, and breech babies. 

So, what I want to do today is just shed a little light on that topic as I kind of alluded to there about pregnancy for issues that could be avoided, things that can be helped with that and then talk just for a moment about breech as well, which is an implication of a malposition. I want to go through the concepts. I’ll go through the basics. I’m going to show some solutions, some pretty effective solutions, and then I’ll share a really cool story at the end and then hopefully anybody out there that you know, even if it’s yourself, whoever, share this video with them so they can understand some of the things that are available to them, the alternatives that they just didn’t know.

So, first and foremost to understand just a little bit about what we’re shooting for here… when we look for the presentation of the baby from a pregnancy, we want the head down. So, if the baby’s head is down to start with, that’s good. We don’t necessarily want them sunny-side up. We want them in what’s called occiput anterior, otherwise known as vertex. So that’s the optimal position for birthing. And let me show you a couple of things with the spinal model here. Right here what you’ll notice is if we take the spine and we go on to the back here, this is the birth canal where the baby’s going to come out and the pelvis is going to expand. So when that heads down and the occiput…I mean the back of the head is against the front, that’s when we’re in our best possible birthing position right in there. So what that requires from the mother is that she has great structure and alignment in her spine and especially pelvis. It’s critical so that we can optimize the likelihood of a healthy, normal vaginal birth. Okay. So that’s the goal right there when we talk about structure and alignment.

So, a couple of things to discuss just about the malpresentations, fancy word for the baby is not in the right spot. So, the two I wanna focus on today are breech and transverse because those are the two that we have the most success with and seeing the baby actually turn, which I’ll talk about here toward the end of the video. So, when we look at these malpresentations and we talk about breech, the baby’s, of course, no longer head down or never was and the legs are up and they’re up and their butts down. So the baby just isn’t in the right spot. They’re not where they need to be to exit.

When we look at transverse, that’s basically sideways. We’ve got the same concept there when we talk about a malpresentation, however, just not completely flipped upside down, so things that can kind of contribute to this when we look at this. So for the mother, maybe there were some pelvic inflammation. There could have been some pelvic fibroids. She could also have had some issues with the placenta previa, a lot of different things like that that could contribute. When we look at the baby, prematurity sometimes can contribute to this. If there’s been multiple pregnancies, that’s a factor they say in research and then just fetal malformation, things like hydrocephalus and things of that nature. So those can also contribute to these malpositions.

Now, when we look at the consequences, this is the important part because cesarean sections, 31% of all U.S. births were by C-section. And that was in 2006 by the way. So those latest statistics are even more. That’s a bigger number. Twelve percent of those were due to breech. So, 158,695 births were due to a breech presentation. That’s why we had a cesarean.  I want to show you what the medical intervention is and what medical people do to actually take the breech presentation and get the baby to turnover. It’s called the external cephalic version. They literally with the hands are forcing and turning and torquing the baby around, trying to physically maneuver it into that head down position. So, if you’ve ever witnessed one of these, you can search it up on YouTube. I was going to play one, but I know, sometimes when I do this topic, people are a little groggy out there. They might be a little bit weak stomach we’ll call it. It’s kind of troubling to see, but this is the last ditch effort, typically, week 36 or 37 where they’re going to just try to manhandle that baby around.

So, a couple of things I want you to consider. One would be is there an alternative? The answer is yes. And if you ever have that question where oh my gosh when you’re facing something with your health, whether that’s medically or was for the decision or regarding anything and you ask that question is there an alternative. Almost every time the answer is yes. You just have to look for it. You have to dig for it sometimes. So, I wanted to shed some light on an alternative that I employ in my clinic called the Webster technique. So what the Webster technique is, is it’s actually a correction of the biomechanics that are out of balance in the sacrum of the mother, which also creates a problem with the round ligament where the round ligaments on the front of the uterus are actually in spasm or tension. So let me talk to you real quick about the round ligaments. These are important to understand.

So, the round ligament sits right here. So think of this uterus right here. So here’s the spine. This is the lower spine. This is the uterus where the baby’s at. The round ligament attachment in the front of the pelvis goes up to the uterus. This is the only ligament in the whole body that actually has muscle fibers in it. So, that ligament can actually get into a state of contraction where it will actually create like a trigger point and you can feel it. So, when that sacrum, down below here, I’ll turn it forward now, is out of balance and rotated posteriorly and then on the opposite side in the front, that will cause that round ligament to contract. We get something called uterine torsion. And when that’s there, the baby is in a position inside that uterus where the natural ability to flip over and turn is compromised. So this procedure where we do a very light correction of the sacrum and then we also work the round ligament with any kind of trigger point that’s there or present to relieve that spasm and tension, it’s pretty crazy to see what happens. In fact, nationwide, I’m sorry, worldwide, the effectiveness of the procedure is at 69% the last statistics I’ve seen. And my own personal clinic our statistic is that 83% on this procedure.

I want to tell you just a little bit about a family that experienced those benefits. So as you look on the screen here, the first four children were actually born all natural with no intervention. Everything was fine throughout the entire pregnancy as far as the positions of the baby and the birth process. With the little girl here, the fifth baby, let me tell you about the little girl. So at 36 weeks, the mother had called me up and told me the baby was breech. Obviously, after four wonderful births and everything going perfectly, this was quite shocking to her. It was very, very surprising, so brought her in, did the analysis. And on the second visit, on her walk to her car, she felt the baby flip over. And sure enough, baby was head down, had that little girl and everything was good.

Well, roughly about three years later, the little boy came along, and that baby also at 37 weeks, he was still not head down in the proper position. So, he was a little more stubborn. It took us about four visits to get him to actually go head down and again, no problems. Okay. What’s key to understand here is yes there’s always an alternative. Pregnancy has enough stress involved that you shouldn’t have to stress out about things like this. Well, it’s not a guarantee. What it is, is an alternative that you can share with anybody you know who’s pregnant who they don’t necessarily have to have a baby that’s breech to reap the benefits either. I mean, if there’s back labor, if they have pain in their back sciatica, a lot of different symptoms that are affecting them, these things can be helped with specific general chiropractic. Okay. It’s very important to keep that in mind. I wanted to share that today.

So as we kind of close out here, I want to encourage everybody out there, share this especially with anybody you know who’s pregnant, expecting, or planning on becoming pregnant because it’s vital they see this. I don’t care where they live. I’m in the Chicago area. In the suburbs of Chicago, there are hundreds upon…actually thousands now.. of chiropractors who are family and pediatric oriented. You need to get to the right one though who knows how to do these techniques. A great resource to go searches is the ICPA, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. You can go on there find a doctor. It’s fabulous website for that resource. So I wanted to share that with you guys today. Hope you found this helpful. Again, anybody you know who’s pregnant, expecting to be pregnant, or planning, should share this video with them.