Last month we talked about medical procedures that seem to be innocuous but can contribute to Traumatic Birth Syndrome and create Vertebral Subluxations in your baby’s spine. And these, as you know by now, will affect the developing nervous system of your munchkin. Not a god thing! Let’s conclude:
You are probably thinking; “So what is my alternative then?”
I have always been a proponent of Home Birth. Many moms may feel a bit uneasy about having their baby at home – relax you are not alone – nor will you be alone during your delivery. Amazingly knowledgeable and competent midwives will be assisting you.
This headline appeared on Web MD: “Home Births Safe for Most”. It reported on a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. In this study researchers compared the outcomes of 862 planned home births attended by midwives with those of planned hospital births attended by either midwives (571) or physicians (743).
The results of the study showed that women who gave birth at home attended by a midwife had fewer procedures during labor compared with women who gave birth in a hospital setting attended by a physician. The study also suggests that home births have a lower incidence of infection and use of drugs for pain. Additionally, women in the home birth group were less likely to have epidural analgesia, have their labor induced, or have an episiotomy.
And as far as the overall safety of home births, the researchers concluded that the number of deaths was similar to that found in other studies and the difference in death rate between the two groups was too small to be statistically important. The conclusions of the researchers as published in the journal were as follows: “There was no increased maternal or neonatal risk associated with planned home birth under the care of a regulated midwife. The rates of some adverse outcomes were too low for us to draw statistical comparisons, and ongoing evaluation of home birth is warranted.”
Another tidbit that I’ll share with you: natural childbirth may prevent a baby from developing Asthma later in life – a recent study followed 1,953 Finnish subjects from their birth in 1966 to their third decade in life in 1997. The 5.3 % of subjects who were delivered via Cesarean section were three times more likely to have developed asthma by age 31, compared with subjects delivered vaginally. And just when you thought it was safe to go into the water…..
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 Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, is Webster Technique Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and devotes the core of practice to helping children and families live healthy lives.