Chiropractic Care Decreases the Need for Birth Interventions That Cause Short- and Long-Term Effects
The birthing process is often long and painful. Some mothers undergo hours of labor and then still need further birthing interventions, such as the use of forceps or vacuum or in worst care scenarios, a Cesarean section, to bring their babies into the world. But it doesn’t always have to be this way. Of course, birth interventions have their place in the medical field and should absolutely be utilized when necessary for the health of mom and baby. Yet sometimes, birth interventions are being used before they are a necessity. This can have damaging short- and long-term effects. To help you avoid birth interventions during labor and delivery, consider chiropractic care from a Chamblee chiropractor.
Important Study on Birthing Interventions
An Australian study conducted from 2000 to 2008 has many health care professionals rethinking their positions on birthing interventions. This study looked at 500,000 low-risk women with overall healthy pregnancies to explore what birthing interventions were used during labor and delivery and the overall effects for babies. Researchers focused on the effects on children throughout the first 28 days of life all the way up until the age of five years.
What the Study Showed
The study findings did indeed show that birth interventions played a role in a child’s development. For instance, with the first 28 days, infants who had undergone birthing interventions were more likely to develop jaundice or have trouble feeding as opposed to babies who were born through unassisted vaginal deliveries. Babies born by C-section had an even higher risk of health concerns. Many babies experienced low body temperature, which led to additional medical intervention. C-sections may be required in emergency situations, but parents who are aware of the risks and rewards associated with C-sections most often opt to try everything in their power for a vaginal delivery before turning to a C-section as a last resort.
Long-term effects of birth interventions were even more telling. Children up to the age of five who had undergone birthing interventions at delivery were more likely to struggle with obesity, eczema, breathing problems like pneumonia or bronchitis, and diabetes. When presented with the facts, parents typically want to know what other options are available to avoid birthing interventions. The answer lies in pre-delivery care. Chiropractic care from a Chamblee chiropractor during pregnancy can go a long way in preventing birth interventions at the time of delivery.
Decrease the Need for Birthing Interventions with Chiropractic
Regular visits to Dr. Esther Widjaja of Phoenix Chiropractic will not only help you achieve a healthy pregnancy, but can also prepare your body for delivery to make it easier and safer so that birthing interventions aren’t necessary. In fact, studies show chiropractic care can decrease labor time by 25% to 30%. Babies that were breech during the pregnancy also benefited from chiropractic care. Chiropractic techniques utilized on breech babies resulted in babies turning into proper position 92% of the time.
If you are expecting and want to improve the likelihood of having a delivery without birthing interventions, Chamblee chiropractor Dr. Widjaja can help. Contact Phoenix Chiropractic for more information and to schedule a consultation.
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Choahan, N. “Birth Interventions ‘Negatively Impact Child’s Long-Term Health.’” The Sydney Morning Herald, 2018 Mar. https://www.smh.com.au/national/birth-interventions-negatively-impact-child-s-long-term-health-20180325-p4z66i.html.