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Back Pain and Pregnancy: Breech babies and the Webster Technique

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Breech babies and the Webster Technique

*Although my focus for this blog has been devoted to back pain and discomfort of pregnancy, I have received a number of questions about the Webster Technique and breech babies. To answer all of your questions most effectively I am going to dedicate this post to that topic.

Why is a breech baby a problem?

Did you know that MOST breech babies are delivered by c-section? Did you also know that the national c-section rate is over 30%? That means one in every three women who are pregnant will have a c-section. Is that OK with you? It shouldn't be.
Here's why I say that. . .
  • A woman is five to seven times more likely to die from a cesarean delivery than from a vaginal delivery.
  • A woman having a repeat C-section is twice as likely to die during delivery.
  • Twice as many women require rehospitalization after a C-section than after a vaginal birth.
  • Having a C-section means higher rates of infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and potentially severe placental problems in future pregnancies.
  • Babies born after an elective cesarean delivery (i.e., when labor has not yet begun) are four times more likely to develop persistent pulmonary hypertension, a potentially life-threatening condition.
  • Between one and two babies of every hundred delivered by C-section will be accidentally cut during the surgery.
  • The US is tied for second-to-last place with Hungary, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia for neonatal mortality in the industrialized world.
  • Babies born via C-section are at high risk for not receiving the benefits of breastfeeding.
  • The risk of death to a newborn delivered by C-section to a low-risk woman is 1.77 deaths to 1,000 live births.
  • The risk of death to a newborn delivered vaginally to a low-risk woman is only 0.62 per 1,000 live births.
"Cesarean Birth in a Culture of Fear" By Wendy Ponte
Mothering Magazine Issue 144, September/October 2007

What can be done about breech presentation?

Unfortunately, there is not a foolproof method to prevent or correct a breech position, but armed with a little information you can greatly reduce your risk of Cesarean section.
  • The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue that mother's with a breech baby should begin chiropractic care at least by the 8th month (as the baby is unlikely to turn on its own after this time.)
  • The Webster Technique was effective in 82% of women in the same study.
  • Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.
I hope this little bit of information is helpful in understanding breech presentation and why chiropractic care is important. To learn more about the Webster Technique see my previous post "Can You Turn Breech Babies?" For more information about my practice and my successes with the Webster Technique visit my website at Keystone Chiropractic.

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Blogger Mary and Jeremy and the clan said...

I am totally with you Jason! I told my doctor (not Evan) when Logan was breech to turn him, LIKE NOW!! I did NOT want a C-section. Luckily, Logan heard that I was going to spank him if he required surgery to get out, and promptly turned on his own. Lucky me!! I was 37 weeks preggers!!!

April 6, 2009 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Alenza said...

Two of the most common back pain expressions during pregnancy, are lumbar pain, centered primarily in the lower back, and posterior pelvic pain, with symptoms very much like those associated with sciatica. The low back or lumbar pain is generally centered in the lower back and may radiate unilaterally, one side, or bilaterally, both sides, across the iliac crest, which is the region to each side of the spine at the upper level of the pelvis.

December 23, 2009 at 4:02 AM  

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