Contrary to popular belief, not every newborn requires an adjustment. In the medical culture we live in that rewards intervention in birth, it isn’t surprising to assume that most children born in the hospital suffer some degree of structural trauma. Considering the fact that the average hospital birth employs the use of some sort of augmentation that is designed to interrupt or abort normative labor cues to mom and baby, it is essential that pediatric chiropractors check neonates as soon as possible after birth.
When moms and babies adhere to their innate program, however and in the absence of a true medical emergency, trauma is significantly minimized. Moms are designed to give birth; babies are designed to born. Yes, emergencies happen, but not as frequently as we’re meant to believe. The World Health Organization has maintained since 1985 that acceptable caesarean section rates amongst industrialized nations should not exceed 15%; in the US, most communities employ caesarean sections in 35% of cases, yet we suffer from the highest infant mortality rate in the industrialized world. Something is very wrong.
When I check neonates, I look for indicators of appropriate development: vital signs, primitive reflexes, heart, lungs and abdominal sounds, pulse oximetry and orthopedics, just as a pediatrician would. I also check for crucial cranial alignment faults and subtle spinal alignment changes called vertebral subluxations that can, in infancy, contribute to as much as 60% decrease in nerve signal propagation in the absence of pain. None of these signs should show up in a newborn and in Cibella’s case, I’m happy to report that none have yet. All we want for our children is for them to express health at 100%, no more, no less and Cibella is certainly an example of how this works.
Dr Daniel Bronstein is the clinic director of Beacon Chiropractic in Grover Beach CA and specializes in the chiropractic care of children and pregnant mommas. He is Webster Technique Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and devotes the core of practice to helping children and families live healthy lives.
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