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The concept of "active management of labor" gained prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, involving medical interventions to speed up labor and reduce its duration, such as inducing labor and setting time limits on labor progression. This trend continued into the 21st century, leading to increased medicalization of childbirth with interventions like labor induction, episiotomies, and assisted deliveries.


However, some argue that while these interventions aim to make birth safer and better, they may have unintended consequences such as unplanned cesarean surgeries. 


There's a call for a more holistic approach to childbirth that respects women's autonomy and preferences while balancing medical support with holistic approaches including chiropractic, pelvic floor physical therapy, doulas, and prenatal massage. The term "natural birth" is subjective, with various interpretations ranging from vaginal birth regardless of interventions to birth without any medical intervention. The goal for many is a safe, positive vaginal birth with minimal complications, but the path to achieving this is often unclear. 


"Conscious birthing" emphasizes mindfulness, relaxation, reducing fear and anxiety, and being connected to one's body and baby during labor. It involves deep preparation and being actively engaged in the birthing experience. "Empowered birthing" focuses on the birthing person feeling in control, respected, and supported throughout the process, promoting self-confidence and emotional well-being. 


Combining these approaches with practical skills and practice-based birthing involves gaining a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, developing proficiency in physiological aspects of childbirth, learning techniques to open the pelvis with the support of a Webster Certified prenatal chiropractor and acquiring hands-on support skills for birthing partners. By integrating meditative practices, awareness, decision-making, and unity between partners, this approach aims to enhance the birthing experience and outcomes. 

Understanding Prenatal Chiropractic Care  

Pregnancy, while being a beautiful experience, places a substantial amount of stress on the body; from physical changes to the mental exhaustion of preparing for parenthood. Neurologically focused chiropractic care uses the gentle Webster Technique to relieve tension in a pregnant mama’s nervous system, allowing her body a regulated space to grow new life, from her hormones, emotional state, ability to adjust to stress, and the physical demands of on her body.   

The Big 4 for Your Prenatal Dream Team 

Building your support network for pregnancy doesn’t have to be complicated.


Focus on these key professionals: 

  • Midwife or OB  

  • Prenatal Chiropractor  

  • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist  

  • Doula 

Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care

  • Optimal Fetal Positioning: Pelvic alignment is crucial for smoother labor and delivery. Misalignments can reduce the room available for your developing baby, potentially complicating delivery.  

  • Reduced Labor and Delivery Times: Research suggests women receiving chiropractic care during their pregnancies experienced shorter labor times by up to 31%!   

  • Stress Management: A relaxed mama means a relaxed baby. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help reduce cortisol levels, promoting a calmer, more peaceful pregnancy experience.  

  • Less Pain and Discomfort: Alleviate back and hip pain as your body changes. You are more likely to stay active if you are in less pain and being active makes your pregnancy journey more comfortable overall.  

  • Enhanced Nervous System Function: Promote overall health for you and your baby. A well-functioning nervous system can improve your immune response and help your body better adapt to the physical demands of pregnancy.  

Research Supporting Prenatal Chiropractic Care  

A study published in the "Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics" highlighted the positive outcomes of chiropractic care during pregnancy. The research indicated that women receiving chiropractic adjustments reported less pain and a more enjoyable pregnancy experience. Additionally, they had fewer complications during labor and delivery.  

Trusting Your Body and Your Birth Plan: Marina’s Story  

Marina started care at our office early in her pregnancy with the goal of having an unmedicated birth. She wanted to remain active and mobile, avoiding the typical complaints and pregnancy dread we hear all too often in addition to finding the confidence to achieve her desired birth experience. Read below as she describes her journey and perspective... 

Man and Woman
Man and Woman
Welcome Baby

As I reflect on my journey, I feel compelled to share my story with other expectant mothers. To those who may be feeling anxious or overwhelmed, I want to offer reassurance—that there is a path forward, one that honors both the body and the spirit. Prenatal Chiropractic care at Health 1st isn't just about physical well-being; it's about reclaiming your inner strength, your innate ability to bring life into this world. 

When the time for labor arrived, I felt ready—ready to embrace the intensity, ready to trust in my body's wisdom. The mobility I had gained through those routine adjustments with Dr. Gina became my greatest ally, empowering me to move with grace and confidence through each wave of sensation. In those moments, I wasn't just enduring labor; I was dancing with it, surrendering to the rhythm of creation. 

So, to any expectant mother out there, I say this: you don't have to navigate this journey alone. Seek out the support and guidance that resonates with your soul, whether it be through chiropractic care or other holistic practices. Trust in your body, trust in your baby, and know that you are capable of more than you could ever imagine. 


As I hold my newborn in my arms, feeling the warmth of her tiny body against mine, I am filled with gratitude—for the journey that brought us here, for the wisdom that carried us through, and for the boundless love that now fills our hearts. And I know, without a doubt, that chiropractic care played a vital role in shaping the beautiful story of our beginning. 


Ultimately, adopting a holistic approach to childbirth with a focus on consciousness, empowerment, skills, and practice can lead to improved confidence, resilience, and connection during the birthing journey. Dr. Gina and the dedicated Health 1st team are passionately devoted to empowering expectant mothers, guiding them to craft the birthing experience of their dreams.  


Ready to invest in your prenatal health or know someone who could benefit from prenatal chiropractic care? Let them know that Health 1st is an option for them! Your concerns, your goals, your comfort - they're all at the heart of our discussion. It's about creating a plan that's uniquely yours, ensuring every adjustment, every session is tailored to what you need most during this incredible time. 

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