Saturday, March 20, 2010

Trusting Birth and Chiropractic Care

I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Trust Birth Conference in Redondo Beach, CA.  I went into the conference with a general belief that I do trust birth.  I came away from the conference having met some amazing women who not only trust birth, but who truly stand for the truth.  I'm still processing all that I heard and learned and what it means for me.  Meanwhile, here are a few of my favorite moments from the conference:

Dr. Jeanne Ohm opened the conference with information about trusting the process for natural birthing, chiropractic care in pregnancy and the "Dystocia Ride caused by mechanistic procedures".  She is doing an amazing work with women and families and I was sad to miss her other sessions.  My favorite comment was when she was referring to those that question why vaginal birth is preferred over elective cesarean.  She said, "Would you rather chew your food, or have a feeding tube?  Would you rather move your bowels or have a colostomy?"  She clarified the meaning of the Webster technique as not just the breech technique but rather, "specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and facilitates biomechanical balance in pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments. This has been shown to reduce the effects of intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth."
She also shared a story about chickens setting on their eggs and the "power of one" - how 1 hen taught the others the amazing ability she had as a mother to incubate her eggs.  Once she started doing it, they all wanted to do it.  We have this same power with our birth stories.

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --A. Einstein

Dr. Jeanne Ohm is a practicing DC in a family, wellness based practice since 1981.  She's the Producer and writer of the children's chiropractic song, "Power On!" and educational video, "Birth Trauma: A Modern Epidemic."  She's the Executive Coordinator for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (click to find a chiropractor in your area) and the Executive Editor of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine.

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