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Table of Contents

  • Chiropractic Care May Reduce Labor Time in Pregnant Women
  • Chiropractic Helps Reduce Pain During Labor, Delivery, and After Delivery
  • Drugs Used in Labor May Predispose Babies to Future Drug Addiction
  • Eliminate Due Date?
  • Cod Liver Oil May Make Children Smarter
  • Hospitals are the 4th Leading Cause of Death in the US
  • How Does Chiropractic Care Help the Pregnant Woman?
  • Study Shows Chiropractic Technique Effective in Breech Turning
  • Vitamin K Shot
  • Flu Shot
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination


According to a study, patients who received chiropractic care from at least the tenth week of pregnancy through labor and delivery experienced significantly reduced mean labor times compared to women who were not receiving chiropractic care.

Out of the two groups of women who were studied during their first pregnancy, those receiving chiropractic care averaged 24 percent shorter labor times than those not receiving chiropractic care. Of those women who were experiencing their sec­ond or third pregnancy, those under chiropractic care averaged 39% shorter labor times compared to those who were not receiv­ing chiropractic care.

These findings suggest that chiropractic methods would play an important expanded role in prenatal care. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy could result in shorter labor times, decreased use of pain medications and increased quality health care for patients.


During a clinical evaluation of two competing hospitals, it was noted that chiropractic care reduced the need for painkillers by 50 percent. Patients have received adjustments even during labor. There have been cases when chiroprac­~ors have been called in to perform spinal adjustments when labor had stopped.

Immediately after the adjustment, labor resumed normally.

Chiropractic during pregnancy has been known to shorten the labor time to ~—50 to 60 percent and lessens medication requirements by at least 50 percent.

Postpartum depression is a rarity in patients receiving chiropractic treatment.

One study found improvement in postpartum spinal pain after chiropractic treatment was initiated in 90 to 120 patients.

In 1991, Diakow, et. al. published a retrospective study of 400 pregnancies in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The study inves­tigated the relationship between the presence of back pain during pregnancy and labor and the effects of chiropractic care on back pain and labor.

The study found that back pain was experienced during 42.5% of the preg­nancies and 44.7% of the labor periods. The findings also established a clear association between the presence of back pain during the course of the pregnan­cy and the likelihood of back pain during labor.

Of 400 pregnancies, 37 patients received manual spinal adjustments for relief of symptoms. In this group, relief of back pain was reported by 84% of the women. No instances of adverse effects as a result of the care were reported, indicating the relative safety of the procedures.

The researchers also reported a decreased likelihood of back labor in the group under chiropractic care, leading them to conclude: "If this effect can be confirmed by future studies, one of the most severe aspects of labor pain may be prevented."

Drugs Used in Labor May Predispose Babies to Future Drug Addiction

Perinatal medication as a potential risk factor for adult drug abuse in a North American cohort.
Nyberg K, Buka SL, Lipsitt LP
Epidemiology 2000 Nov;11(6):715-6

Babies exposed to drugs during labor are 5 times more likely to become drug abusers later in life.

Opiate addiction in adult offspring through possible imprinting after obstetric treatment.
Jacobson B, Nyberg K, Gronbladh L, Eklund G, Bygdeman M, Rydberg U
BMJ 1990 Nov 10;301(6760):1067-70

They looked at the background of 200 opiate addicts born in Stockholm from 1945 to 1966 and took non-addicted siblings as controls. They found that if the mother had been given certain painkillers during labor, her child was statistically at an increased risk of becoming drug-addicted in adolescence.

"Can Drug Addiction Start at Birth?"

by Michel Odent from the Primal Health Research Newsletter.

Here is the reference: Odent, Michel, and the Primal Health Research Centre. Can drug addiction start at birth? Primal Health Research, 1993; vol. 1, no. 1: 3-7.

In this article, the author reviews several studies to explore two statements, first that in wealthy countries a majority of children are born with the use of drugs, and second, that in wealthy countries drug addiction is increasing. He reviews two works by B. Jacobson. In one paper, Jacobson studied the birth records of 200 opiate addicts born in Stockholm between 1945 and 1966. The control group consisted only of siblings of drug addicts, also born in Stockholm during the same period. "The main finding is that in the study group a higher proportion of mothers received opiates (morphine or pethidine) or barbiturates, or both, during labor and delivery...The risks increased when the drug had been administered several times." Jacobson wrote an earlier paper that focused on amphetamine addiction. "The main conclusion of this study is that nitrous oxide administration during delivery is an essential risk factor for eventual amphetamine addiction in offspring and that the risks of addiction are proportional to the duration of the nitrous oxide exposure." Jacobson earlier had found (by accident) a relationship between traumatic birth and self-destructive behaviors later in life.

Lee Salk found similar conclusions about adolescent suicides. In his study, "one of the most significant findings is that respiratory distress for more than one hour at birth is a specific risk factor for committing suicide when adolescent... The authors suggest a link between the dramatic increase of suicide rates among teenagers and the fact that more and more infants can survive thanks to modern methods of resuscitation."

Later, Dr. Odent explains more..."The reports about the probable long-term effects of drugs used in the period around birth are not surprising. Brain receptors reorganize themselves during precise stages of development, and in particular in the perinatal period and at puberty. This is probably the case for oxytocin receptors, opiate receptors, insulin receptors, etc. In the scientific context of the 1990s it is increasingly easy to understand that there are no innocent drugs."

Chiropractic Prenatal care definitely decreases the necessity of drugs during labor and allows a much more natural delivery for mother and child.

Eliminate Due Date?

While we're on the subject of pregnancy, the "due date" may be a thing of the past. Only 5% of babies show up "on time" anyway. Dr Vein Katz, of the Center for Genetics and Maternal Fetal Medicine in Oregon says that a due date frustrates and makes expecting parents anxious if their baby is late. This, in turn, tends to put pressure on doctors to "do something." As a result, the number of induced labors has skyrocketed in the last few years, many of them unnecessary.

One reason due dates are flawed is that the 14-days-from-the-last-period formula doctors use to figure it out is flawed. "How often," Katz asks, "does conception occur exactly 14 days to the minute after the first drop of menstrual blood appeared?" Variability among women is also a factor. Women expecting twins or in poor health with hypertension or diabetes can all expect to deliver early. Katz suggests that doctors start using the concept of a "delivery week."

Cod Liver Oil May Make Children Smarter

Pregnant and breast-feeding women who add cod liver oil to their diets may improve their children's intelligence, according to an ongoing study. The study involved 300 women who were given either cod liver oil or corn oil supplements. The women took the supplements daily from the 18th week of pregnancy until their child was 3 months old. The supplementation was the only nutritional difference among the mothers' diets. When the children reached 4 years of age they were given intelligence tests to gauge problem solving and information processing ability. Children with mothers who took cod liver oil scored higher than the other children, according to the test results of 84 children. Researchers will test the children again when they reach 7 years of age to further confirm findings; however the study results indicate that supplementing pregnant and lactating women with cod liver oil supplements may increase their children's intelligence. DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in cod liver oil, plays an important role in the development of the central nervous system. It is thought that this fatty acid may be particularly valuable to the developing child during the third trimester of pregnancy and in the first three months of life, as the brain undergoes growth spurts during these times. Although pregnant women are generally told to avoid supplements and medication during pregnancy, researchers say that no negative effects are associated with the use of cod liver oil. The study findings are in line with other recent research indicating that breast-fed infants tend to have higher intelligence than formula-fed infants. This may be due to certain compounds found in breast milk, including omega-3 fatty acids.

How does chiropractic care help the pregnant woman?

Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the body in pregnant women, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the incidence of pain in the low back and legs, and between the shoulder blades. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices.

Most importantly is that chiropractic helps the expecting mother by improving nerve system function. Chiropractic has been based for over 100 years on correcting interference to the nervous system known as subluxations. With a properly functioning nerve system free of subluxations it is easy to see how many aspects of this important time for an expectant mother will be made easier. Many women rely on chiropractic care as a regular part of their pre-natal routine.

As an added bonus, proper pelvic alignment allows for easier delivery of the baby. Many studies have shown that women under chiropractic care deliver their babies in less time than those who are not under care. The longest delivery time by one of our patients was 4 hours, and the fastest was 15 minutes.

Study Shows Chiropractic Technique Effective In Breech Turning

A study published in the July/August 2002 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) shows that a chiropractic technique known as the "Webster Technique" for managing the musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint, is effective in cases of pregnancy with women experiencing breech presentation which can lead to a cesarean section birth.

According to the published study, "Intrauterine constraint is defined as any force external to the developing fetus that obstructs the normal movement of the fetus." Intrauterine constraint can prevent the developing fetus from moving into the normal head-down position needed for a normal vaginal birth. When this happens this is called a "breech presentation". This situation plays a critical role in how the mother delivers her baby. According to the statistics published in the article, in the United States 86% of all infants with breech presentation are delivered by cesarean section.

According to the JMPT article, the Webster Technique is a chiropractic technique designed to relieve the musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint. This technique is also known by names such as as Webster's In-Utero Constraint Technique or Webster's Breech Turning Technique. The Webster Technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster in 1978. Dr. Webster was often referred to in the Chiropractic profession as "The Grandfather of Chiropractic Pediatrics." Additionally, the technique is presently taught in many chiropractic colleges and postgraduate chiropractic education seminars.

The study was done by surveying a large number of doctors of chiropractic who use the technique to see the percentage of results they obtain on real patients. The survey required detailed information to verify the accuracy of the responses. The results showed that 82% of the doctors surveyed reported a high rate of success when using the Webster Technique. The results from the study suggested that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique in the 8th month of pregnancy, if it has been determined that the child is in the breech position. This timing is important because from the 8th month on, a breech presentation is unlikely to spontaneously convert to the normal head down position.

The study concludes by saying, "when successful, the Webster Technique avoids the costs and risks of cesarean section or vaginal trial of breech. In view of these findings, the Webster Technique deserves serious consideration in the management of expectant mothers exhibiting adverse fetal presentation."

Vitamin K shot

This shot is given to make sure the baby has enough clotting factors in his blood. Sufficient amounts of breast milk will aid in ensuring the baby has enough clotting factors in his blood. Vitamin K can cause jaundice in a newborn. The infant's liver is too immature to process or store it, so it ends up in the tissues and causes a yellow color in the skin. This then make more interventions necessary such as bilibrubin lights! If babies needed Vitamin K right after birth nature would have provided it! Your breast milk is all your babies' needs. You can request this shot not be given in your birth plan.

Flu Shot

Everyone knows about the flu and the flu vaccine. What people do not know is that flu vaccines are nearly useless in preventing flu, they will cause the flu, and they often result in nervous system damage that can take years for the body to repair. Other nations chuckle at Americans' infatuation with the flu vaccine. The joke would indeed be funny, if it weren't for the damaging effects caused by the vaccine.

Hepatitis B Vaccination

Hepatitis B is a rare, mainly blood-transmitted disease. In 1996 only 54 cases of the disease were reported to the CDC in the 0-1 age group. There were 3.9 million births that year, so the observed incidence of hepatitis B in the 0-1 age group was just 0.001%. In the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), there were 1,080 total reports of adverse reactions from hepatitis B vaccine in 1996 in the 0-1 age group, with 47 deaths reported.

Let us put this in simpler terms. For every child with hepatitis B there were 20 that were reported to have severe complications. Let us also remember that only 10% of the reactions are reported to VAERS, so this means:

Traditional medicine is harming 200 children to protect one from hepatitis B.