Baby Position and the Webster Technique

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 align the pelvis and open it which may give baby the room it needs to get into a better position for birth. There is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment called the Webster Technique designed to restore the optimal alignment in the pelvis, surrounding muscles and ligaments to help prepare mom/baby for labor.



 The Webster Technique and Optimal Baby Positioning

Many women seek out chiropractic care in their third trimester after finding out that baby is in a breech position. Chiropractic care and specifically the Webster Technique can help align and open up the pelvis, allowing for space or room for baby to move into optimal positioning.

The Webster technique is a specific and gentle chiropractic assessment and treatment of the SI joints and pelvis. The goal is to restore balance and optimal function of the sacrum and pelvis and the associated muscles and ligaments.

During pregnancy, a women’s uterus enlarges to accommodate for a growing and developing baby. When the pelvis is aligned, the ligaments that connect to the uterus are able to maintain balanced support for the uterus. If the pelvis is out of balance, these ligaments can develop tension or torsion which is called intrauterine constraint. Intrauterine constraint decreases the amount of space baby has to move around which can prevent them from getting into optimal birth positioning (head down, bum up, arms tucked, back against mom’s belly & chin tucked).

Using the Webster Technique, we can restore and maintain this balance within the body to create more space for growth, and development and allow for baby to get into the optimal position.  If baby is already in the correct position, this technique can help maintain that position and prepare mom and baby for a healthy labour and birth.