New Study Finds That Birth Interventions Are Linked to Short- and Long-Term Health Concerns in Babies & Children

A new study out of Australia reports that children born with medical interventions are more likely to have short- and long-term health issues. A group of international researchers teamed up with researchers from Western Sydney University, and they looked at a number of interventions during labor and delivery and the effect they had on babies in the first 28 days, as well as the effect they had on children up to 5 years of age.

The study looked at 500,000 women who had healthy, low-risk pregnancies and gave birth from 2000 to 2008. The medical interventions that were studied include induced labor, hormones to speed up labor, delivery by vacuum or forceps, and delivery by Cesarean section.

The babies who were born with one of these interventions experienced more jaundice and feeding problems in the first 28 days than babies who were born through a spontaneous vaginal delivery. Additionally, C-section deliveries left babies with more low temperatures that required more medical intervention. Some of these short-term risks were already well-known, and these are the concerns that parents are informed about when weighing the risk and reward of the intervention during labor and delivery.

However, parents are not made aware of long-term risks, mainly because the long-term health concerns haven’t been studied this thoroughly ever before. The researchers who did this study found several long-term problems when they looked the children at five years of age. Firstly, children born via Cesarean section, especially emergency C-section, had the highest rates of diabetes and obesity at age five. Additionally, children born with any form of intervention had higher rates of respiratory infections, like pneumonia and bronchitis, at age five than other children. They also had higher rates of diabetes, obesity, and eczema.

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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful and miraculous thing, but it can also be a time of discomfort, restlessness, and even pain for some women. With as many changes as a woman’s body goes through during the course of a pregnancy, it’s no wonder that various aches and pains present themselves randomly and without warning. The most common reasons pregnant women look for Lithia Springs chiropractors is to reduce back pain that comes from carrying their child, though many find that it helps them in other ways as well.

What many people don’t know is that receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy offers women (and their babies!) a myriad of awesome benefits both short-term and long-term. If you are pregnant and want the healthiest pregnancy for yourself and your baby, give Dr. Ronnie a call at Vital Life Chiropractic in Lithia Springs, GA to schedule a consultation!

Common Pregnancy Complaints Alleviated with Chiropractic Care

Any pregnant woman could provide a lengthy list of various complaints at any given moment during her pregnancy. Nausea, back pain, heartburn, hip discomfort, restless legs, headaches, and more are commonly experienced during healthy pregnancies, but oftentimes, there isn’t much that can be done to immediately alleviate them. While some medications may help short-term, they don’t get rid of the root cause of the ailment and they come with their own risks and side effects. Since your Lithia Springs chiropractor, Dr. Ronnie, is all about true correction rather than temporary relief, he will adjust a pregnant woman with gentle adjustments that target spinal misalignments that are related to her pregnancy woes.

Chiropractic care at Vital Life Chiropractic can help lessen problems during the pregnancy and will set up both mom and baby for optimal health, both during the pregnancy and into the […]

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CHIROPRACTIC STUDIES

It is a common observation that birthing seems to be more comfortable for women who were under chiropractic care during pregnancy. The following studies mention how common spinal problems are resolved during pregnancy (up to 90%) and best of all how Chiropractic is safe, effective and most of all a drug free approach which is ideally suited for the health and well being of both mother and child.

The role of chiropractic in pregnancy. Vallone S. Int’l Chiropractic Assn. Review Summer 2002. p 47-51.

“By encouraging regular chiropractic and maternal self care (which includes good nutrition, regular stretching and exercise and stress management) we can improve our patient’s probability of a successful natural delivery.”

Complementary and alternative medicine in pregnancy: a survey of North Carolina certified nurse-midwives. Allaire AD, Moos WK, Wells SR. Obstet Gynecol 2000;95(1):19-23.

In this survey of 82 certified nurse-midwives, 93.9% reported that they recommended patients to alternative health care providers. 57.3% said they referred women to chiropractors.

Follow-up of patients with low back pain during pregnancy. Brynhildsen J, Hansson A, Persson A, Hammar M. In: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feb 1998; 91(2): 182-6.

Women with severe low back pain during pregnancy have an extremely high risk for experiencing a new episode of more severe low back pain during future pregnancies and when not pregnant.

Note: According to revised guidelines from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vaginal delivery should be routine in women who previously underwent cesarean section birth, Journal Of The American Osteopathic Association, Feb.1989, Vol.89 No.2, p.164.

An effective drug-free approach to premature contractions. Phillips C. ICA Review Oct. 1998.

Dr. Carol Phillips has done an amazing job of integrating chiropractic with CranioSacral T therapy to develop a number of techniques to help women in labor and pregnancy. Using simple procedures, she teaches healthcare providers unique methods of helping […]