Dr. Thompson is passionate about working with pregnant women and children. As a mother herself, Dr. Thompson understands the demands a pregnancy has on a person’s body. Dr. Thompson is certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in the care of pregnant women and children. She is also certified in the Webster Technique, a specific chiropractic technique used for pregnant women.
Dr. Thompson is excited to be a part of your journey into motherhood. Pregnancy is a very exciting time in a woman’s life and keeping the spine, pelvis and nervous system free from interference can help create the best experience throughout pregnancy and delivery. Dr. Thompson and her staff love meeting a new baby after they have worked with their mother during pregnancy.
Why is it important to have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Many changes take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy. Your center of gravity changes as the abdomen starts to protrude causing an increased curve in the lower back. Numerous changes take place in the pelvis and the entire body makes postural adaptations for the increased weight and shape.
According to the American Pregnancy Association chiropractic care during pregnancy may help:
- Maintain a healthier pregnancy
- Control symptoms of nausea
- Reduce the time of labor and delivery
- Relieve back, neck or joint pain
- Prevent a potential cesarean delivery
The Webster Technique
The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association(ICPA), developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman’s pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. The technique is known as the Webster Technique.
It is considered normal by some for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation.
Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) 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.