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The Webster Technique for Pregnancy

The Webster Technique is one of the most researched chiropractic techniques used during pregnancy.

“Webster Technique is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and balances the pelvis muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces the causes of intra-uterine constraint and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.”

It is not a technique to turn babies. However, by reducing the intra-uterine constraint using Webster protocols, very often a fetus (if it is not in an optimal position or it is in a breech presentation) will turn by itself in for preparation for birth.

The earlier chiropractic care is given during pregnancy, the less risk there is of intra-uterine constraint, breech delivery (and the resulting complications).

Physiology of Pregnancy:

There are numerous ligaments and muscles that support and suspend the uterus as it grows throughout pregnancy. All of the ligaments and muscles have attachments to the bony spine – with most attaching to the anterior part of the sacrum.

The round ligament is the only ligament in the body that has muscle fibres. Therefore, as the uterus gets bigger and heavier, the round ligaments get stronger. It also means that they can get nodules in them creating asymmetry and intra-uterine constraint. In combination with chiropractic care, it is important for the pregnant mother to massage these ligaments to help reduce the risk of this complication.

Pelvic misalignment will change the tension in the muscles around the pelvis, as well as interfering with the shape and natural movement in the pelvis. This leads to intra-uterine constraint.

Recommendations for Pregnancy:

Avoid one sided positions and repetitive movements
Don’t carry older siblings
Minimal twisting maneuvers
Regular chiropractic adjustments
Round ligament massage
Pelvic floor exercises, sitting – pelvic rocking, cat stretch – pelvic rocking
Pre-natal yoga classes
Meditate and reduce stress
Surround yourself with positive birthing stories only (and images, books and people associated with natural birthing).

Chiropractic (particularly Webster Technique), reduces intrauterine constraint and thus breech presentations.

Emotional stress: Is influenced by the nervous system overstimulating the adrenal glands and interfering with the natural progression of labor. Suggestions: chiropractic adjustments, hypno-birthing, meditation, breathing, birthing support – doula and midwife.

Birth Do’s:

• Visualize your optimal birth process
• Have a support person (e.g. a doula)
• Stay active
• If you are planning on a hospital birth, do not go to hospital too early
• Stay focused and relaxed
• Wait until the umbilical cord has stopped pulsating before cutting it
• Don’t feel pressured in hospital
• Research hospital protocols for newborns and ask questions
• You should be confident with every procedure performed on your child
• Talk openly with your Pediatrician and/or Obstetrician about concerns. As a parent, you are your child’s first and foremost advocate.