Twins Breech Presentation Resolved with Chiropractic Care
From the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, December 27, 2012 issue comes a case study of a set of twins who were in a breech presentation prior to birth but were turned after the application of chiropractic.
According to the study authors, Danita Thomas Heagy, D.C. and Shawn Wrubel, D.C., annually about 4 percent of women go to their obstetrician with a fetus in breech presentation. The authors report that a breech presentation is when the fetus is not head down but rather has their buttocks or feet closest to the cervix. The authors also note that according to the literature 80-100% of women who have a breech presentation commonly undergo a cesarean section.
In this case a 28 year old woman who was 30 weeks pregnant with twins came to the chiropractor with a diagnosis by her obstetrician of a breech presentation. This was her third pregnancy but the first time being pregnant with twins.
An initial chiropractic exam was performed which revealed loss of range of motion throughout the spine along with other positive findings for the presence of vertebral subluxations. Based on these findings chiropractic care was initiated using a specific type of chiropractic spinal adjusting technique along with a specific technique used with breech pregnancies commonly referred to as the “Webster technique”.
The results of the study showed that after the woman underwent five adjustments over three weeks her obstetrician confirmed that the involved twin was in the proper cephalic position and she would be able to have a normal vaginal birth. The patient was able to have an uncomplicated drug free, vaginal birth after the resolution of her subluxations. .
In their conclusion, the authors wrote, “We present a 28-year-old female patient with a twin in breech presentation that resolved over a three-week period of time following the application of Webster technique. The patient had a successful vaginal birth with no complications one month after the initial visit to the chiropractor.