Can the Webster Technique help turn breech babies?

by Rebecca Overson, LMT
Clinic Owner/Director/Maternity Massage Specialist

I asked this question to our resident Prenatal Chiropractor, Dr. Shaun Reynolds, who is now offering pregnancy and family chiropractic at Salt Lake Prenatal Massage. Dr. Reynolds is certified in the Webster Technique, which is a chiropractic method specifically designed for the treatment of pregnant women.

 

Dr. G. Shaun Reynolds, DC

Here’s the official explanation:

"The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth."

In other words, if the baby is in a less-than-optimal position for birth, one thing to consider is the balance of the uterine ligaments. (I have a poster in our office illustrating a pregnant uterus and the uterine ligaments – they are amazing!)

The uterus is suspended and supported by

    • "Round ligaments" in the front that attach the uterus to the pubic bone
    • "Broad ligaments", like a wide sheet extending outward from the uterus, attaching to the inside of the wide pelvic bones
    • The "utero-sacral ligament" which extends from the uterus and attaches just above the tailbone.

Ever-increasing tension on the ligaments as the uterus grows can create all kinds of crazy hip/pelvic/tailbone pain.

The Webster technique, simply put, focuses on balancing these uterine ligaments and their bony attachments.

Sometimes, if the pelvis and ligaments aren’t balanced, the baby has less room to move, and they’ll favor one position over another.

Ideally, you want the baby head down, facing the back of your pelvis, when it’s time to give birth. (By the way, I read somewhere that many babies remain in a breech position until about 38 weeks and then turn head-down.)

Although the Webster technique does not claim to treat breech births, it has been shown to be approximately 85% successful in helping to prevent breech birth presentations by reducing intrauterine constraint.

This is why chiropractic care during pregnancy can make a big difference! Dr. Reynolds is proficient in the Webster Technique and a variety of gentle, safe chiropractic techniques to provide all necessary therapies to assist expecting mothers during pregnancy and throughout motherhood.

And here’s a plus: Dr. Reynolds is offering complimentary consultations to any of our clients (past, present, and future!) who are interested in how the Webster Technique can improve your wellness and the well-being of your baby throughout pregnancy and during labor and delivery. Call Dr. Reynolds directly at 801-810-4144 to schedule an appointment. Also, feel free to ask Dr. Reynolds any questions by replying to this post or or on our Facebook page.

We're so excited to have Dr. Reynolds on our team, providing quality chiropractic care!