Preparation for labour

Previous strains or injuries involving the lower back, hips, pelvic bones, sacrum or coccyx can restrict movement and cause tension in the surrounding muscles and ligaments potentially leading to a more difficult labour. Osteopathic treatment can help prepare for the birth by ensuring that the lower back, pelvis, hips, pelvic floor and uterus are moving well and free from restriction as well as ensuring optimal foetal positioning within the womb. This will allow for the birth canal to expand more easily helping to promote a smooth and easy delivery with less use for forceps and medications.  

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Research:

HH King; MA Tettambel; MD Lockwood; KH Johnson; DA Arsenault; R Quist

Published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2003, Vol. 103, 577-582.

The case control study found evidence of improved outcomes in labor and delivery for women who received prenatal OMT, compared with women who did not.

Smallwood CR, Borgerding CJ, Cox MS, Berkowitz MR

Published in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine Vol 16 (3) pages 170-177 2013

OMT for the laboring woman should be considered as a treatment modality to facilitate a natural childbirth.