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“Is the baby head down?” is a common question for a pregnant mom to ask herself, her doctor or midwife. The concern is very real, as active babies tend to flip and turn as they get themselves into position for birth. Anatomically, it is best for a baby’s head to be born first so the mother can be fully dilated with the largest, firmest part of the baby’s body.
If the alignment of the pelvis isn’t favorable, the baby may settle into a breech position, with his or her bottom down instead of the head. As the baby grows larger and space becomes limited, the chance of the baby staying in that breech position becomes higher.
However, even a baby that has been head down for many weeks can flip. Doctors and midwives tell stories of checking their patient in labor and to their surprise, discovering a bottom or foot.
While a few birth care providers will work with a breech baby, the best scenario is that the baby will go head down.
Chiropractic’s role with any pregnancy (will link to first article) is to optimize the pelvis by ensuring proper alignment. A chiropractic adjustment gently moves the bones that have shifted and puts them back into optimal positioning . This alignment creates space and a favorable environment for the baby to move and position itself.
The Webster technique is a specific analysis of the sacrum at the base of the spine, round ligament, and psoas muscles. It was developed in the late 1970s by Dr. Larry Webster and is now a well-known and respected way to create room in the pelvis. Dr. Katie is certified in this technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
The space made by aligning the pelvis allows breech babies to be more comfortable and gives them the best chance to find their way head down.
Dr. Katie suggests coming in to be adjusted sooner rather than later with any pregnancy, but especially with a baby that’s not in a good position. Both the mother’s body and the baby can take some time to get into alignment and stay there long enough for the baby to move around.
Whenever Dr. Katie has an opportunity to support a mama during her pregnancy, she considers it an honor and privilege. Chiropractic care and the natural birth community can support women into careers and passions that they love. One mama practice member of Dr. Katie in particular named Kristen shares her story here:
Dr. Katie is amazing! I’ve had pelvic pain issues for years and whenever I see her consistently my pain is so much better or totally nonexistent. She has such a great energy and is genuinely cares about every person who walks through her door. I’m always uplifted after going for an adjustment!
Dr. Katie Valadez is an amazing chiropractor and she is genuinely invested in the overall health of her patients. She is very passionate about what she does and her energy and warmth makes me look forward to coming in to get adjusted. Dr. Katie is adaptable and adjusts to peoples different levels of treatment comfort. She goes above and beyond just adjusting; she also provides guidance for patients who are interested in a holistic approach to health....
Where do I start. I was searching for a new Dr. for sometime. I just hadn't met the right one. The minute I met Dr. Katie I knew. She is very passionate about her work and it shows. From the beginning stages to till now she has gone above and beyond to make sure MY needs are met. I highly recommend Dr. Katie!...
Dr. Katie is a gem! She is an amazing healer and cares deeply for her clients well being. I bring my whole family and we have all seen significant benefit in our health from reduction in headaches, colds and anxiety. That would be enough to keep coming back, but we also love being around her contagious positivity...my kids even like going so that's the real proof! Thanks Dr. Katie...
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