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New Chiropractic Research on Breech Births in Five Women

Chiropractic Plays an Important Role in Successful Delivery 

Recent research reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic on several pregnant women reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping pregnant women deliver normally. The research discussed a study of pregnant women with ultrasound confirmed breech presentations that resolved following specialized chiropractic care. 

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“Research is revealing that chiropractic care can play a crucial role during pregnancy, labor and delivery” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. “The research showing that chiropractic can result in these types of outcomes thereby avoiding dangerous interventional techniques such as C-sections is growing” added Dr. McCoy. 

Despite widespread education and efforts to curb dangerous birthing interventions such as caesarean sections, their use remains high and concerns amongst health care advocates is growing. The concern centers around the use of high risk interventions for “convenience” of the doctor or mother without taking into consideration the long term effects of a traumatic birth on the child. 

“It makes a lot of sense when you think about it” stated Dr. McCoy. “We see this shocking increase in the number of interventional procedures during birth when there are alternatives such as the use of chiropractic to allow the mother and child to have a normal birth. We need to take advantage of these advances.” 

As pointed out in the paper, chiropractic can play a beneficial role during pregnancy and the birth process in cases where the mother is experiencing some type of obstruction of her pelvis and related musculature that is interfering with the baby’s position or the delivery process.

“The goal is for the mother to be checked prior to the time of delivery so that these problems can be corrected beforehand” remarked Dr. McCoy adding “This new study, coupled with numerous other case studies and some larger clinical studies that have shown similar outcomes shows it’s time that health care providers started taking it seriously.” 

The patients reported on in this study were five women between the ages of 24 and 40 and ranging from 30 to 36 weeks gestation who presented to a chiropractic office with pregnancy related pain and ultrasound confirmed breech presentations. 

The women were examined by the chiropractor who found structural shifts in their spines and pelvis. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic care ultrasounds confirmed normal vertex positions within 10 adjustments and all five women went on to have normal vaginal deliveries. Additional positive health outcomes included decreased back, pelvic and head pain.

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic
McCoy Press