Birth Trauma


Science is beginning to show what many have been observing for years, and that is the danger to newborns from common birth practices used today. Birth is a naturally occurring phenomenon, and shouldn’t be viewed as a medical condition. However, problems can occur from the medical profession’s efforts to manage the process.

What is Birth Trauma?

Birth trauma can occur to the nervous system in the neck of newborn babies, and can range from mild subluxations – slight misalignments of the vertebrae – to more serious subluxations that can include spinal cord damage and central nervous system issues.

Health consequences from birth trauma can range from immediate issues to problems that might not surface for many years after birth. The more immediate and severe injuries are to the spinal cord and brain stem, brain bleeding and swelling, breathing issues, neurological deficits, and even sudden infant death syndrome.

What Causes Birth Trauma?

Research suggests the position of the mother during childbirth combined with the pulling of the baby from the doctor performing the delivery can lead to subluxation-related injuries. When the mother is lying on her back, she’s working against gravity, thus the doctor has to pull more vigorously on the baby’s head.

Other contributors can be a very short or a very long labor, the failure of the cervix to dilate, the use of Pitocin to induce contractions, and the use of forceps or vacuum extraction or the cord wrapped around the baby’s neck.

The Symptoms of Birth Trauma

Immediate symptoms of birth trauma include breathlessness, difficulties with sucking, eating and swallowing, arched back while crying, excessive drooling, excessive fussiness, grunting or high-pitch crying, nausea and vomiting, lethargy and seizure.

Health-related symptoms can include anemia, changes in vision, fever, hearing loss, dizziness, hypertension or hypotension, low heart rate, poor weight gain, persistent coughing, constipation, headaches, wheezing, and jaundice.

Muscle and bone symptoms include skull fractures, spasms, muscle stiffness or looseness, weak movements and reflexes, writhing movements, and favoring of one side of the body.

Some symptoms, such as delay in motor skill development and difficulties in walking, don’t show up until later years.

The Treatment of Birth Trauma

Because symptoms might not appear for a year or two after birth, it’s important to have a newborn checked for vertebral subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments in the early stages of development can help restore any misalignments. It’s a safe and gentle way to address any potential nerve dysfunction and improve overall wellness in a newborn.

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