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Topic – Breech Pregnancy
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RC: Hello everyone. This is Liz Harvey coming to you from our studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S. In today’s episode, we are speaking with chiropractor Dr. John Vilkelis of Vilkelis Chiropractic, located on West 57th Street in New York City. Dr. Vilkelis has been in chiropractic practice for over 20 years since graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been affiliated with the New York Theater Ballet as well as local and regional rugby all-star teams. He has been awarded for his work treating many emergency care workers and support staff in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center in 2001. Dr. Vilkelis is widely considered to be one of the top chiropractors in the U.S. and is also a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.
RC: Today we’re going to talk about a very important topic:
RC: Hi, Dr. Vilkelis, how are you today?
Dr. John Vilkelis: I’m great, Liz. How are you?
RC: I’m doing great. Well, thanks for joining me.
What is a breech pregnancy and are there different types of breech positions?
Dr. John Vilkelis: Yes, there are different types. Firstly, a breech pregnancy means that at the time of birth that the baby is not facing head down to the birth canal. Most babies are born head first, okay. And so, there are actually three different types of breech presentations. The first is a complete breech where the buttocks are pointing downward towards the birth canal with the legs folded at the knees and feet near the buttocks. Then a frank breech is the second type and in this position the baby’s buttocks are aimed at the birth canal with its legs sticking straight up in the front of his or her body with the feet near the head. And then a footling breech is the third type and in this position, one or both of the baby’s feet are pointed downward and will deliver before the rest of the body.
Is chiropractic care safe for women during pregnancy?
Dr. John Vilkelis: Oh, it absolutely is. In fact, you know, it’s very non-invasive and very safe. The risk factors are extremely, extremely low for any kind of chiropractic treatment during pregnancy.
Can you describe the Webster Technique and it is helpful for pregnant women?
Dr. John Vilkelis: Well, the Webster Technique was developed by Dr. Webster, of course, and it’s designed to relieve intrauterine constraint; meaning, the uterus is tight and it’s pulling, it might be twisted in a way that’s not normal, and that constraint creates the atmosphere for the baby to be in a breech position and not allow the baby to turn. And so, the Webster Technique relieves that intrauterine constraint and once you take that strain off of the uterus, the baby is free to turn and they turn on their own.
Is it possible to turn a breech baby so they are in the right birth position?
Dr. John Vilkelis: It absolutely is. The Webster Technique is designed specifically for that and it is very, very non-invasive; meaning that, you know, it’s very gentle. Probably, the amount of pressure that’s used during the Webster Technique is between one and three pounds of pressure. Okay, if you think about, you know, if you put a three pound weight on your hand, it’s really not any big deal at all. So, it’s very much in contrast to say something like a medical technique called version, where sometimes a nurse practitioner and the OB will try to manually turn the baby through the mother’s abdomen, and that’s actually pretty risky to the baby and the mother; and usually the mom is all bruised up afterwards. And so, you don’t experience anything like that if you’re doing the Webster Technique.
What are the things that a chiropractor checks for with a newborn?
Dr. John Vilkelis: Well, we’re checking the newborn for a similar thing called the subluxation that we check adults for, right. But the methods in which we check are a little bit different. There are tests that are specifically designed to tell you where the newborn is subluxated or misaligned, where it’s putting pressure on the nerve. Okay and because you know the baby can’t tell us. They can’t tell us like, “This is sore,” or, you know, “This doesn’t feel right,” or “I can’t turn my head to the side,” and so, we’re looking for things as well as the right range of motion that they can turn their head to both sides, that they don’t sleep in the same position all the time. Okay, if a newborn sleeps in the exact same position all the time, there is something wrong. Okay, and so, you should definitely take the baby to a chiropractor to get checked on.
RC: Thank you, Dr. Vilkelis. We know you’re extremely busy, so I just want to thank you for your time and help today.
Dr. John Vilkelis: You’re welcome. Thanks for having me on, Liz.
RC: And for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Dr. John Vilkelis, you can either go online to vilkelischiropractic.com, or call 212-582-9704 to schedule an appointment.
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