Simply put, the Webster Technique is a chiropractic method that is used to help maneuver babies in the womb into the proper birthing position. When the baby is in the breech position, this can be dangerous for both the baby and the mother. In today’s blog from Core Chiropractic + Wellness, we go into what the Webster Technique is and how it can be a beneficial chiropractic treatment for expecting mothers.
What is the breech position?
In short, the breech position refers to the orientation of the baby in the mother’s womb. Any position that is not the standard delivery position is considered to be breech. Typically, you want your baby’s head to be pointed toward the birth canal. When the baby is situated in any other orientation, or breech position, it can be dangerous. The baby may not be able to be delivered completely, resulting in the baby being stuck in the birth canal. Also, this can block or damage the umbilical cord, which can cause the baby to lose its oxygen supply. When your baby is in the breech position, efforts will likely be made to position the baby in a more practical delivery position. Or, a C-Section will be performed to avoid the risks. If your baby cannot be turned from the breech position, your doctor will explain in more detail the risks associated with a breech birth.
How the Webster Technique helps
The Webster Technique is a chiropractic technique that can successfully help your baby turn vertex. Vertex is the standard delivery position where the baby’s head is facing the birth canal to be delivered head first. The Webster Technique analyzes and adjusts the expecting mother’s pelvis to reduce stress to the uterus and the surrounding ligaments. When this chiropractic technique is successfully deployed, your baby will return to its head-first vertex position. The Webster chiropractic technique has been shown to work about eight out of ten times, making it a viable and effective method for returning babies in the womb to the vertex position.
The Webster Technique can be used as early as eight months into the pregnancy. However, when you have regular chiropractic adjustments, it makes it less likely that you will need the technique. Chiropractors can focus on adjusting and balancing your pelvis in such a way that promotes vertex pregnancies — potentially eliminating the need for the Webster Technique to be used later on in the pregnancy.
If you or a loved one is interested in the Webster Technique for your pregnancy, reach out to us at Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield today. Our very own Dr. Berry was one of the first in Kern County to certify in this chiropractic technique and is one of a handful of chiropractors in the nation with the certification.
What you should do if your baby is in breech position?
If you discover that your baby is in the breech position, then contact your doctor. Depending on how far into your pregnancy, your unique situation, and other factors, you may or may not be at risk. However, in general, the further along you are, the hastier you should be when it comes to returning your baby to the vertex position for delivery.