Reducing Pain and Complications of Labor and Delivery- Natural Childbirth- Twin Cities Part 1 of 2
You are pregnant! How exciting. So many things to do before the big day; throwing a reveal party, picking out a name, decorating the nursery and in the midst of all of the anticipation, preparing your body for labor may go overlooked. Child-birth is a natural process, so what does the mother-to-be need to do to prepare? The natural regulation of hormone production and balance necessary for labor and delivery is an exceedingly sophisticated and complex process. If any of the hormones are out of balance, then the birth process can become complicated. In over 30 years of working with pregnant mothers in our practice, we can fairly and accurately predict uncomplicated labor and delivery for mothers that receive Upper Cervical Care throughout their pregnancy. The top bone in the neck is by far the most moveable and most unstable joint in the spine. Events prior in the mother’s life are responsible for disturbing the normal alignment and natural communication between the brain and body that is a crucial factor in hormonal balance.
“During my previous pregnancies I would develop horrible morning sickness, which would include vomiting all morning and nausea that would last throughout the day. When we became pregnant for the 6th time, and now under Dr. Hilpisch’s care, the morning sickness was almost non-existent in comparison to the other 5. I delivered Cecelia in 45 minutes, by far the fastest and easiest of all of our 6 children.” Bridget 37, Stillwater, MN
Hormones of Labor
Ever wonder how the body knows it’s time to give birth? Does the baby tell the mother’s body it’s ready, or does the mother’s body just know? What goes on in the body to initiate the birthing process?
Well, as you may have guessed, the baby and body use signals to communicate. The baby communicates to the mother’s uterus when it is ready to be born, by sending out signals in the form of hormones, those chemical messengers the body uses to relay instructions from one area to
The baby communicates when it is ready to be born, by sending out signals in the form of hormones.
These hormones help to coordinate the process of labor, which is the expulsion of the baby from the mother’s uterus. They tell the mother’s body when the baby is ready to be born. They help make sure the smooth muscles in the uterus are working together to create synchronized contractions. They tell the cervix to dilate, making room for the baby to pass through, and they prepare the mother’s body for nursing another.
The hormones of birth include estrogen and progesterone, oxytocin, beta-endorphins, prolactin and catechol amines (epinephrine/adrenaline and norepinephrine/noradrenaline).
Hormones released into the blood stream from the brain are affected when the upper neck is out of alignment. Communication from the baby to the mother’s brain is also affected when the upper neck is out of alignment. This produces a delay in the labor process and complicates the delivery. The Blair Upper Cervical Technique is a highly specialize analysis system that effectively detects and gently corrects the misalignment in the upper neck. This restores nerve connection from the brain and body as well as the release of adequate hormone levels needed for labor and delivery.
All mothers should have their upper necks evaluated when considering pregnancy.
Part two of this discussion will delve into the structural challenges in the mother’s pelvis that occur when the upper neck is misaligned. This is the key element in labor and delivery complications.