The Webster Technique is a Chiropractic Technique designed specifically for pregnant women. I have learned quite a bit about Webster Certified Chiropractic Care for pregnancy in my time as a doula – whether through personal experience, training or by talking with chiropractors! I have loved learning more and hearing about this underutilized resource!
Recently, I was able to meet up with Dr. Stephanie Berry, The Chiropractor and Owner of Mother Me Chiropractic. This woman is amazing, and passionate about quality Chiropractic Care in pregnancy. Listen to what she said during our meeting (emphasis added):
“Chiropractic care helps women be healthier during their pregnancy and leads to smoother deliveries. Correct alignment of the spine and pelvis leads to more comfortable pregnancies, may reduce labor time, and helps support optimal position of baby in utero. Ultimately, chiropractic care supports the woman’s body to be in a state of ease and balance allowing for a less stressful pregnancy. My clients report more comfort during their walks, better mood, more restful sleep, less discomfort doing normal daily activities, improved posture, and greater awareness of their bodies. Many also report that they believe regular chiropractic care led to a fast, smooth delivery and quick healing postpartum.”
All mamas have a different vision for their birth, but every mama I have ever talked to wants a healthy pregnancy and a smooth, safe delivery. As a Webster Certified Chiropractor, all of Dr. Stephanie’s work is backed up by research, and the research shows positive outcomes for most mamas who see a Chiropractor during pregnancy. (See Borggren, 2007 here)
Here are some of the highlights from the Borggren Study (emphasis added):
- First Time mamas who sought Webster Certified Chiropractic Care during their pregnancy had, on average, 25% shorter labor times. Repeat Mamas had 31% shorter labor times on average.
- Chiropractic Care relieved back pain during the pregnancy in ~85% of cases. That’s big, because mamas with back pain are three times more likely to be stuck in “back labor” (a painful situation that arises from a malpositioned baby) during their delivery.
- Chiropractic care in pregnancy was able to prevent the conditions that lead to breech births in 92% of cases examined.
If that isn’t enough to convince, check out these testimonials of women who had amazing experiences with Chiropractic Care during pregnancy. Mamas who see Chiropractors during pregnancy feel empowered in their pregnancy and have great labor experiences:
“Dr. Stephanie has been amazing . Because of my weekly visits during my pregnancy, my delivery was very easy and labor was 2 hours from start to finish without any drugs. There were no complications or tearing. I was up walking an hour after delivery. I now bring my newborn to get adjusted and as a result it has helped with his sleeping and digestion. I would highly recommend prenatal and postpartum care with Dr. Stephanie.” -Jessica, Mom & Police Officer
“Mother Me Chiropractor is an absolute MUST when you are pregnant and even postpartum. I went at least once a week through a majority of my pregnancy, and that in combination with monthly massages and the guidance of [my] amazing doulas and [my] midwives.. are truly what helped me experience not only a wonderful pregnancy but an amazing 7.5 hour birth for my FIRST (yes I said my FIRST) child and all after being involved in a traumatic accident while early on in my pregnancy… I can’t thank Dr. Stephanie enough for being not only efficient but considerate in her practice. Throughout my pregnancy she provided excellent care and helped to loosen my tight hips and ligaments and set me up for a successful and easy birth… I 100% recommend that you be kind to yourself and set yourself up for an easy birth by getting regular adjustments… (seriously- it works!)” -Elise, Stay at Home Mama
Chiropractic care in pregnancy has the ability to decrease or eliminate pain, decrease time spent in labor, correct fetal position, among other things! If you want to research even further, here is the ICPA website with articles related to chiropractic care and pregnancy: http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/Pregnancy-and-Adjustments/.
If you are interested in Chiropractic care for your pregnancy, reach out to myself or Stephanie- We would love to answer any questions you may have and point you in the right direction. Together, we can help you have an AMAZING pregnancy and birth!
Dr. Stephanie Berry is the owner and chiropractor at Mother Me Chiropractic. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is certified in Webster Technique,which is a safe, effective technique for pregnancy. Her goal is to empower you to gain a greater understanding of your body and its ability to heal and express optimal health. She provides gentle, specific chiropractic care in a nurturing, loving environment in her studio located within the Dallas Birth Center. Learn more at her website: www.mothermechiro.com
Ashlyn Biedebach is a Registered Nurse with her Bachelor’s in Nursing, as well as the owner and operator of By The Brook Birth Doula. She serves the Denton/DFW area of Texas, and travels in a 50 mile radius to her clients.