In 2019, there were an estimated 3.75 million live births in the United States. While a healthy, low-risk pregnancy is always ideal, this isn’t always possible for some mothers. As the benefits of chiropractic care become more well-known, more mothers are benefiting from this holistic treatment that is drug-free and non-invasive. When a mom is experiencing pain or other health concerns like a breech baby, it is nice knowing that they have more natural and safer options than drugs and risky treatments. Let’s take a look at what the Webster technique is and how it may be a good choice for you.

What Happens During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, a mother’s body experiences significant physical and psychological changes to prepare for the baby’s growth and birth. This miracle of life can also come with pain and discomfort. For example, hormonal and physical changes can negatively impact a mom’s posture, which happens as the baby grows and the mom’s center of gravity shifts. Other changes include an increased curve in the mother’s lower back, which occurs due to the growing belly. Mothers will also notice changes to their pelvis, which is to prepare them for giving birth to their baby.

Breech Position

By 34 weeks, most babies have turned and are face down to prepare for delivery. Unfortunately, an estimated 4% of babies do not turn in the proper position, which is known as the breech position. The breech position is when the baby still has their feet down and head up. While some babies turn into the correct position right before birth, this is not common. It’s no surprise that having a baby in the breech position is the most common reason why moms receive cesarean sections, rather than vaginal births. 

While C-sections are helpful, did you know that there are less invasive methods for turning a baby before the mom goes into labor? This drug-free, non-invasive, and safe method is called the Webster technique, which can help assist with a baby turning into the correct birth position. Indeed, a licensed chiropractor certified in the Webster technique can help pregnant moms.

What Is the Webster Technique?

The Webster technique uses sacral analyses and diversified adjustments focused on the bony structures, muscles, and ligaments of the female pelvis. This technique is designed to decrease the effects of the sacral subluxations or joint dysfunctions. A licensed chiropractor will perform safe, gentle adjustments to decrease interference to the central nervous system and to balance maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. As a result of these adjustments, this will help lower tension in the pelvic muscles and ligaments. Most importantly, these adjustments can help promote optimal fetal positioning to prepare a mom and baby for birth. If a mom is concerned about or has a baby in the breech position, the Webster technique is an effective, all-natural choice.

What Are the Benefits of the Webster Technique? 

There are several benefits for pregnant moms that receive the Webster technique. The main goal is to gently and safely remove any subluxations that prevent a baby from being able to move into the correct birthing position. 

  • Assists the baby with having enough room to move
  • Helps moms have a more comfortable pregnancy
  • Helps moms have an easier birthing process
  • Lowers the risk of having a C-section
  • Promotes a faster recovery post-birth for moms

Is This Technique Safe for Pregnant Moms?

Yes, the Webster technique is safe for pregnant moms. When a mother’s baby is not able to turn to the correct birth position, this can become problematic as the due date gets closer. Unlike more traditional methods to address breech positions, this chiropractic technique does not use direct, external force on the baby. Instead, this adjustment is gentle and safe for moms and babies. 

As always, it’s recommended that you discuss your options with your primary doctor and OB-GYN. These experts will recommend various treatment options based on your specific health needs. It’s also important to note that it’s best to visit a licensed chiropractor certified in the Webster technique. You can find a Webster certified prenatal chiropractor near you by visiting the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). If you are looking for the best Portage chiropractors, contact West Michigan Chiropractic today. Dr. Sarah Malarney is certified in the Webster technique and offers expert prenatal care.