Dr. Kevin Ross, DC has been our chiropractor since I went to see him for help with Bryan’s breech presentation. He is trained in the Webster Protocol, which as he explained to our class last night, it’s NOT a turning technique. It’s an adjustment that addresses the imbalance in the pelvis. Once the pelvis is aligned, then the baby can safely turn head down. They may be unborn, yet they are smart enough to avoid tension!! We were very blessed that his “magic hands” worked to align my pelvis and Bryan turned head-down 11 days before he was born.
We invite him to come speak to our classes for a couple of reasons. Being a Bradley Dad himself, he is a champion of natural birth. He and his wife took Bradley Method® classes in preparation for the births of their two older children, and they had three homebirths. He is also passionate about chiropractic care during pregnancy and childhood.
He is a favorite of La Leche League leaders and lactation consultants. They consider him a great resource and he is recommended to moms who are having breastfeeding challenges. One of the fringe benefits of infant chiropractic care with Bryan was having our nursing relationship stabilize within two weeks after his birth, instead of the 4-6 weeks it took with our older two children who didn't receive chiropractic care as infants.
Since last night was our postpartum care class, we asked Dr. Ross to come speak to our class about what they should expect as “normal” for their infants and we also asked him to participate in our labor rehearsal.
He started his presentation by using his spine model and his baby doll to show our students about how a baby progresses through the birth canal. He re-iterated what we strive to teach in our classes: given a normal, uncomplicated birth, a mom’s body and the baby know how the baby needs to get out, and they can do it without any outside manipulation or maneuvering as the baby exists the birth canal. He really emphasized to the families that they could trust mom’s body to do what it is designed to do.
He also used the spine and baby to demonstrate why it is that some babies seem to have a “favorite side” when they nurse. As he likes to say, mom’s breasts are a matched set: they look the same, feel the same, and for all intents and purposes are the same size. There is no reason other than a misalignment from the birth experience that would cause a baby to choose one side over another. He explained that if a baby has tension in their spine, it is uncomfortable for them to turn to one side, therefore it lends to the appearance that baby favors one breast over the other one.
Dr. Ross made use of the spine model to demonstrate why lying in a supine position on the bed (on your back) is so painful during labor. He reminded the students that studies have shown it’s the best way to slow down a labor, which then leads to a host of interventions. He suggested that if our students want their labor to progress as it was designed to do, mom should stay off her back. Thanks, Dr. Ross!
The first thing he showed us for labor rehearsal was how to deal with “back labor”. Back labor is generally caused by a baby who has the bony part of the head against mom’s spine, called “sunny-side up” in the vernacular and “occiput posterior” in medical terms. In two of the graduate birth stories we heard, babies in a posterior position had slowed their labors down. Dr Ross has a very specific way to address posterior presentation without physically manipulating the baby.
He also shared a way to help open the inlet of pelvis during early and active labor, and then open the outlet of the pelvis during late first stage labor. We practiced this in side-lying position, as well as in a labor scenario where couples would be walking between contractions and then either squatting or standing against the wall during a contraction.
Having Dr. Ross visit was informative on so many levels. Unfortunately, although I had my video camera and my still camera ready, I was so caught up listening that I didn’t take pictures or video to share today! Next time…the picture at the top is thanks to Bruss' quick shot with his phone camera.
For more about the Webster Protocol, please visit Dr. Ross’ webpage:
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