From "Your Birthing Family" ~
In This Issue
Postpartum Traditions and
Their Positive or Negative Effects
Our Charis Family
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony
Childbirth in Kenya
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Our Director's Heart
I have noticed in my own midwifery practice that women who see a
chiropractor throughout their pregnancies have fewer aches and pains during
pregnancy and they experience easier labors. Because of this, I
recommend that all my clients receive regular chiropractic adjustments
Lately, because of the great results I have been seeing, I have also started
recommending that all new moms take their babies for adjustments.
Several babies who were born at home with me recently were dramatically
helped as a result of chiropractic care and I would like to share their
stories with you (names changed).
Baby Jack was born after a very fast labor and had a slow start. His
breathing continued to be fast and labored a couple hours after delivery, so
we called the chiropractor. With a gentle adjustment, Jack’s breathing
immediately slowed to a normal pace and was no longer labored, saving him a
trip to NICU and a battery of unnecessary, invasive, painful tests.
Baby Mary was born after her mother pushed for a long time. It took
longer than usual because Mary was asynclitic, her head was tilted toward
her shoulder so that she was not centered well in her mom’s pelvis as she
descended. Because I was concerned about how that position may have
affected her neck, I recommended to her parents that they take her to see
the chiropractor as soon as they felt up to the outing. Mary was
rarely content and fussed a lot during the first few days after she was
born. Once her mom felt up to it, they took her to the chiropractor
and had her adjusted. Wow! What a difference it made! They said
they felt like they were meeting the “real Mary” for the very first time.
She was happy, nursed well, slept well, and only cried during diaper
changes. When she was a couple months old, Mary went a week between
bowel movements, so they had her adjusted and she pooped immediately
afterwards right in the chiropractor’s office. They have had her
adjusted regularly ever since.
Baby Caleb, a roly poly ten pound baby boy, was water-born after a fast
labor. During the newborn exam, I noticed that his face was not as
symmetrical as I would have expected. His lower jaw was a bit crooked.
I recommended that his parents have him adjusted. With a house full of
children, an outing wasn’t high on the list of priorities for this mom and
she didn’t take him in. Caleb was not her greatest nurser. He
snapped and clicked and popped at the breast, took in a lot of air, spit up
a lot, and always seemed hungry. Since she had an overactive letdown,
she took appropriate measures to keep that from causing him a problem. But
the problems persisted. Weeks passed and Caleb kept losing weight. He
eventually plateaued, but did not regain his birth weight. At his 6
week pediatrician visit, the doctor said they would have to put him on
formula and send him for gastric evaluation and testing if he did not gain
weight within the next week. The mom didn’t want her baby to be fed
formula or go through testing if it was unnecessary, so she asked if I
thought chiropractic might help. I, of course, recommended seeing the
chiropractor immediately. She found a chiropractor who could see her the
next day and took him in. Every few days, the chiropractor would
adjust his jaw, and Caleb had significant improvement with every adjustment.
Today, he is a growing, chunky, happy baby boy who did not have to be given
formula or undergo the testing the pediatrician said he should get.
Baby Jane, a beautiful girl born just moments after I arrived at her home,
nursed once while I was there, but after I left, she did not nurse well
again. She cried and cried whenever her mother put her to the breast.
A couple days after she was born, I was at her home checking on her and it
was evident that she was hungry, but her discomfort was too great for her to
latch and nurse. I called the chiropractor and arranged for her to be
seen that afternoon. While her mom was in the chiropractor’s office, she
tried to nurse, but Jane just cried. The chiropractor came out to the
waiting area and adjusted her right there on the spot, took them back to a
private room, and Jane happily nursed for the first time since she was born.
I saw Jane a couple days later and she was nursing so well that she already
weighed more than she did at birth! The chiropractor saw her a few
more times and nursing has been going great ever since!
Chiropractic adjustments are so gentle and babies seem to enjoy them very
much. There is such great potential for incredible good, that I now
recommend for all babies to be adjusted by a chiropractor who is experienced
in adjusting little ones within the first few days after they are born.
Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.
For our directors and
administration: Wisdom, guidance, energy, and provision
from God as Charis enters this season of growth
For the Charis Childbirth Educator, Doula, and
Midwifery students: sharp minds to learn, opportunities for lots of
For the Charis CE’s, doulas, and midwives: rest, peace,
protection, wisdom, discernment
For the Charis missionaries and
humanitarian workers: protection, peace, divine guidance, financial
The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only
and is not intended to take the place of medical care and advice
from your health care provider.
'Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them
from the ends of the earth,
Among them the blind and the lame,
The woman with child and The one who labors with child, together,
great throng shall return there...And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the LORD.'
Jeremiah 31:8, 14
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