This One Simple Addition Can Change the Health of Your Family | PART ONE {Guest Blog}


He was becoming a dad for the first time and had no idea how much his life would change from that moment going forward. He and his wife had done everything that they could to prepare her body for this amazing, monumental life altering event. They had attended birthing classes, she actively engaged in prenatal yoga sessions and had even gotten massage throughout her pregnancy.

But a chiropractor? How can his pregnant wife benefit from chiropractic care? This was the conversation that occurred from a husband who started getting adjusted by me as he recovered from running his first marathon.

There are many different types of chiropractors. Some elect to focus on ailments such as headaches, low back or musculoskeletal issues. While myself and others choose to focus on the care of pregnant women, infants, children and the promotion of health and well-being. For the purpose of this article I will explain the incredible benefits pregnant women may receive while under chiropractic care.

The integrity of a woman’s nervous system and structural stability can greatly enhance the labor and birthing experience. As a Chiropractor, my central focus is ensuring that the nerve system is functioning as optimally as possible to allow the body to communicate with the brain properly. The delicate nerve system is what has been described as the master system of the body that controls and regulates every function of the body. This control also includes hormone release and regulation, which are inherently critical in the health of a pregnant woman.

If a misalignment is present anywhere along the spine, it can trigger a stress response which places the baby and mother in a tense, rigid state versus a calm and relaxed environment that is beneficial for natural process to occur.

Due to a certain hormone known as Relaxin, ligament structural stability of a woman’s pelvis becomes able to stretch allowing the baby to descend and grow. As the baby begins to descend into the birth canal, the ability of the pelvis to be balanced assists in a smooth transition. If the pelvis is unbalanced, there may be complications for the baby and mother such as a breech or transverse presentation as well as a possibility of stalling labor completely.

Research has shown that utilizing chiropractic care throughout pregnancy corrects movement and alignment of the spine and pelvis. This allows the baby to apply even pressure onto the cervix enabling it to dilate effectively thus reducing labor time. One comparative study showed a 24% decrease in labor time for first-time moms and a 39% decrease in experienced moms compared to those not under chiropractic care. (1)

Not only do moms and their partners experience benefits from care, but newborns as well. More on that in Part Two

Authored by: Dr. Dustin Behn - Inspired Living Chiropractic in Jesup, Iowa.

Fallon, J. The Effects of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labor: A Comprehensive Study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic. 1991; 24-31

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Northeast Iowa Doulas | Celebrating National Nurses Week | Meet a Children's Health Nurse

It's National Nurses Week!

In honor of this special week, we are featuring some of the fantastic nurses in Northeast Iowa

Meet Brenda Carradus. She is a registered nurse (RN) at Child Health Specialty Clinics in Oelwein, specializing in Iowa children and youth with special health care needs.

Brenda has touched the lives of so many Eastern Iowa families and has made such a positive impact in her community. Her co-workers say she is friendly, loving, caring, and has a great sense of humor.

We are so excited to introduce Brenda to you today!

NEID-Kaity: How long have you been a nurse? Where did you attend school?

Brenda: I have been a nurse for 40 years and attended school at Clinton Community Junior College.

NEID-Kaity: What inspired you to become a nurse?

Brenda: I have always enjoyed science, psychology, and health-related classes and felt becoming a nurse would challenge me in these areas.

NEID-Kaity: How did you become interested in this line of nurse-work?

Brenda: I had been a school nurse for 11 years and thought this line of nursing would allow me to focus more on the special needs of children and families.

NEID-Kaity: What do you enjoy most about being a nurse in this specialty field?

Brenda: Interaction with families and community partners.

NEID-Kaity: What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?

Brenda: Helping families be the best they can be by accepting the challenges and jumping the hurdles. 

NEID-Kaity: What is one thing you always say to your patients who are expecting or who currently have small children?

Brenda: "Focus on the day and be patient. Time flies and children grow quickly."
"Enjoy the little things and don't be in a hurry for the next stage in life."

NEID-Kaity: What advice would you give to any new parent or soon-to-be new parent?

Brenda: Don't expect everything to be good all the time. Parenting is the hardest and most frustrating job you will ever have; it can also be the most satisfying. 

NEID-Kaity: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Brenda: I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, doing yard-work, and DIY projects.

NEID-Kaity: What is your favorite food?

Brenda: Dark chocolate...Is chocolate a food group yet? :-)

NEID-Kaity: Please share a favorite memory with us about a time at work.

Brenda: The best memories I have are when I see families we have discharged, sometimes a year or more later. They greet me like an old friend and tell me how well their child is doing. Success stories are wonderful!

Thank you for your time, Brenda. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy work day to be interviewed. It is very clear that you love the work you do, and the families you have the opportunity to work with.
Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do.
Happy National Nurses Week!

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