Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care: Mothers often report shorter labors and more pleasant pregnancies and births. At first, many people don’t see the connection between chiropractic and pregnancy. However, there are four stages in which having an optimally working nervous system can help both mother and child.
Preconception: Prepares the body to be as fertile, strong, supple, and balanced as possible.
Pregnancy: Dr. Beth is certified in Webster’s Technique, which helps with optimal biomechanics of the pelvis, sacrum and hips to help with comfort for Mom and baby.
Labor and Birth: Help assure optimum biomechanics of the hips and spine in the hopes of reducing the need for interventions during birth.
Post-Partum Support & Pediatric Chiropractic Even natural births can stress a baby’s spine. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby has a misalignment and is having difficulty turning head fully to one side. Also, birth is traumatic for mother, so restoring proper function to her spine and nervous system is essential!
A little about Dr. Beth:
Since being a chiropractor and educating my family about its importance, my mom always says “I wish I had known then what I know now.” As an infant and child, I had seizures, colic and ear infections persistently. Additionally, I had aspirated fluid during the birthing process and my parents nearly lost me. But that life force inside of me prevailed!
Unfortunately, it was not until I was 15 years old that I saw a chiropractor. I had an injury during cheerleading that my mom finally took me. First, we had tried the osteopathic pediatrician, who mobilized my spine, but the pain was still there. Someone had then suggested for me to go to the chiropractor. We went, it helped me tremendously and I decided that is what I want to do the rest of my life! I knew I had always wanted to help people, grew up in a household that did everything naturally and also wanted to work with children.
A Chiropractic Education That Includes a Focus on Nutrition
Not only did I have an interest in chiropractic, but also nutrition. I went on to Pennsylvania State University to earn my Bachelors degree in Nutritional Sciences. A week after graduating from Penn State, I made the journey to Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia. My life has not been the same since. I learned about how the power that made the body heals the body, that the body heals from the inside-out, not the outside-in, and how even infants can receive chiropractic care!
Becoming A Pediatric Chiropractor
I always knew I wanted to work with children as well as adults, and that is when I decided to take a 200-hour certification program in pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. It is through this that I became certified by the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP) and Webster’s Technique, which is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal is to improve neurobiomechanical function in the sacral and pelvic regions.
It is during this program and working with Dr. Laura Hanson that I started focusing on children with developmental delays, but doing so also ignited my passion to work with all infants, children, and pregnant women. Part of this grows from the fact that my infancy and childhood was plagued with these ear infections, seizures and colic. If my mom had taken me to the chiropractor as an infant or child – just imagine how much healthier I could have been! I realized how important it is to start chiropractic care while in the womb, after birth, and as a child because keeping a child’s nervous system healthy from the ground up is essential to having a child functioning at his or her optimum for life!
Dr. Beth Smolik-Reese and Dr. Nathaniel Reese from Life in Motion Chiropractic Center can help! We’d love to hear from you!
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