Prenatal Chiropractic


Why do women come to HIHF for prenatal Chiropractic care?

We find people are looking for a place in Calgary that houses therapists with experience working with prenatal issues. All of our therapists are professionally trained and highly qualified in their fields.

“When I ask our prenatal patients what made them decide to choose our clinic the most common response they share is that they were more comfortable coming to a place with a primary focus on prenatal care, knowing that the practitioners are experienced in dealing with the issues that arise during pregnancy. “ Dr. Gillian (Smith) Sawyer, Chiropractor, Director of Prenatal Care.

A plan to suit your needs

Many of our patients utilize more than one modality of care depending on their needs. When dealing with the common lower back/hip pain and sciatica, chiropractic care and massage are often recommended.

For the women who are seeking care to help prepare their body for labour a combination of chiropractic, yoga and acupuncture work so well together. Others come to the clinic looking for guidance for an overall healthy pregnancy, for which we can set up a program that utilizes nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga, massage and reflexology.

Come to us with your concerns and we can help develop a plan that works for you.

Dr.Gillian can assist you by:

Lower Back Pain

Better Delivery

Breech Baby

Pediatric Care

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints during pregnancy. Most women describe it as a pinch or shot of pain with certain movements… more info Preparing for delivery is like training for a marathon. If you take the time to prepare your body in the weeks leading up to race day your body will work better for you… more info We have lots of women come in to the clinic in their 3rd trimester after their doctor or midwife has discovered the baby is breech. The good news is there is a lot we can do to help get the baby into a head down position… more info Beyond infant check-ups and help with colic, sleep, digestive issues I often recommend bring your little one in as they go through developmental milestones….more info

Help for Colicky and Sleepless Babies

Colicky babies and babies with sleep problems tend to respond very well to chiropractic treatments as it can have a significant calming effect on the nervous system. Relieving colicky babies so you can sleep!

Reduced Labour Times With Chiropractic

Research shows that with first time mothers receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy, average labour time was reduced by 24%. For second or third births the reduction in labour time, if under chiropractic care was 39%. Other studies show that pregnant women receiving chiropractic in the third trimester were able to carry and deliver with more comfort and pain medication during delivery was reduced by half in patients under regular chiropractic care.

Typical Care Schedule

The typical care schedule for pregnant moms is very closely related to the appointments they attend with their other care providers. For the first 6 months, 1 time per month is all we need to keep an eye on the pelvic structures and maintain their function and balance. During months, 7 and 8 the optimal schedule is twice a month and for the last month leading up to delivery its best to check the pelvic joints once a week.

What to Look for in a Prenatal Chiropractor?

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association is an organization that trains doctors in the care of pregnant women, infants and little ones. Finding a doctor who is part of the ICPA is a great start in ensuring you have someone who is well versed and up to date on the care of these special populations. You can search for a chiropractor in your area by visiting

Beyond that you want to make sure you are comfortable with who is taking care of you and your family. Being a patient myself I find it so important to have doctor who will take the time to listen and hear your concerns, explain what they are doing and why and make sure that you are comfortable with the treatment and the care plan moving forward. These are just some musts on the top of my list!