Pregnancy and Pediatric Chiropractor Blog


Stalled Labor? Now what.

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You have everything set up. You are ready to birth at home. The Midwife and her team is in place. The pool is set up. The older siblings are off with family so you can focus on your birth. Your husband is holding your hips through each contraction, but things are progressing as they should. That’s when we can come into play. This Momma had been under chiropractic for nearly half her pregnancy and this was baby number 5. She felt so much relief with this pregnancy and was happy to have us on her team. When her labor began to slow, the Midwife called us in. We arrived at 6:15pm. We worked through three contractions with her as we gently adjusted her spine and the ligaments tied into child birth. By 6:24 the water had broke and by 6:28 and were holding her healthy baby boy! We urge Mom’s to seek chiropractic by 20 weeks gestation and if you are having a home birth, a chiropractor may be a wanted addition to your team! We’d be happy to help your body function as it’s...

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Why can an 11 year old not poop?

Posted by on 8:46 am in Child Development, Children, Constipation, Diet, Food Allergies, Lifestyle, Medicine, Patient Referrals, Pediatric Chiropractic, Proactive Wellness, Subluxation, Testimonials | 0 comments

An 11 year old recently came into the office with her Mom. In this little girl’s life, she has not been able to poop without taking medications or having lots of pain! Mom & Dad had every medical test run. Have seen countless specialists and no one could bring about a change. Surgery was looking to be the next option. Mom had a family member who kept mentioning Mama’s Chiropractic. Mom had tried everything else and as a last resort, brought her daughter through our doors. After a consultation and thorough exam, this little girl was given a gentle & specific adjustment. She felt better before even getting off the table. The family were sent home with a follow up in 5 days. Five days later, this girl happily walked in and announced that she had pooped EVERY day, MULTIPLE times a day since and did so with no medication!!! Her Mom was over the moon, but skeptical as she had tried so many other expensive and time consuming things, and nothing produced this change! We rechecked the girl’s spine and found another specific adjustment was needed. This was given and told to come back in 4 days to recheck. Guess what? She had gone another 4 days with pooping multiple times a day, with NO medication! Her mom was nearly in tears of joy! They have now gone on vacation, but not before receiving a Food Sensitivity Test to see what foods she should stay away from so as to not aggravate her body so her gut can continue to heal! Does this sound like someone you know? Maybe chiropractic can be the answer for them, too!...

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I’ve just had a baby, now what?

Posted by on 2:57 pm in Breastfeeding, Child Development, childhood illness, Children, Colicky Babies, Constipation, Diet, Healthy Living, Infants, Newborn, Pathways to Family Wellness, Pediatric Chiropractic, Pregnancy, Stress Management, Subluxation | 0 comments

You’ve just delivered a beautiful child and may be running into some issues that you didn’t expect. Especially as a first time parent, sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know, and get to ask our friends and family for advice. They may refer you to a pediatric chiropractor. For those newborns who have colic, are latching more easily to one side than another, excessively spitting up, not sleeping well, or having more than 5 or less than 2 poopy diapers a day –  these are all signs to bring your baby to be checked by a pediatric chiropractor. If there seems to be issues that you believe are to be diet related, but nothing seems to change – despite eliminating various foods from your diet – is another sign to bring your baby in to be checked by a pediatric chiropractor. A memorable recent appointment, that a newborn be in constant pain and uncomfortableness from gas, having a hard time being held by his parents, always fussy and crying, and not pooping very much – to literally falling asleep while being adjusted. I can tell you, Mom & Dad were very happy with these results in just a few visits! For Mom’s who did not receive chiropractic through pregnancy, it’s not too late to get checked. There are a lot of changes that occur post delivery, that can effect how well you move, how well you function and how well you can get about your new daily activities. Ensuring that both your nervous systems have no interruptions, allows your body to heal itself and adapt to the environments and changes each new day...

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Where do I go from here?

Posted by on 2:43 pm in Breastfeeding, childhood illness, Children, Colicky Babies, Community, Constipation, Healthy Living, Infants, Lifestyle, Newborn, Pathways to Family Wellness, Pediatric Chiropractic, Pregnancy, Subluxation | 0 comments

So, you have a newborn who is colicky, not sleeping well, not pooping easily, having a hard time latching and you are at your wits end to help your little one through this….. What do you do? I suggest coming to a Pediatric Chiropractor. Yes, a chiropractor! Our job is to ensure that the communication between the brain and body is fully flowing so as to enable our body to function as it was meant to. We get to the cause of what the problem is and there is no other profession trained to do so! Chiropractic is a safe, gentle and effective way to bring about a happier baby and a happier Mom. Just this week we had a few week old baby come in having a hard time latching and having a difficult time pooping. The very next day, mom reported two good poops and already an improved quantity of sleep! Sometimes it happens that fast! It’s hard for me to not share this good news with so many parents who are having a tough time and looking for natural solutions to help their families out....

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The Excitement and Struggle of Growth

Posted by on 11:47 pm in Uncategorized | 0 comments

April has been an emotional month. I’ve gotten to speak with many of you over the last four weeks about our office’s transition and realized a few things. For one, things haven’t always happened the way I planned or likely would do again. Being sick after two long weekends away really impacted my ability to discuss our plans with those of you who have been in the practice since the beginning, and I wanted to both apologize and explain a few things. My vision since Mama’s Chiropractic was born was to be the healthcare provider of choice for expecting mothers and their children who want to live well. As I’ve lived in the community I discovered a medical-political set of hurdles to women having their birthing choices honored and a geographical barrier to accessing chiropractic care. Season helps a lot of us financially, but to say it plainly the way our roads are strewn about in Lee County sucks, and having an office on a peninsula compounds the issue. When Baby Love closed I had to make a decision about the future of our practice. I will always remember a conversation I had with my friend Dr. George about how I could do a better job networking with birth providers. He told me that, as a profession, chiropractors don’t do a good job of communicating with other doctors. In order to diversify our professional referrals I started writing letters to the patients I shared with the midwives and doctors at HealthPark, Cape Hospital, and as the only option for VBAC at the time was homebirth, the independent midwives who would attend them. The summer of 2015 a group of us went to the largest chiropractic convention in the country and had a conversation about what was the most realistic to serve our local community- one large co-op style office or small satellite offices around the county, in order to implement our vision. What we set in motion was a plan to grow our staff and address our geographical barriers by planting clinics within the vicinity of our largest referral sources- Lee Physicians Group midwives/HealthPark Labor & Delivery Nurses and LifeSong Midwifery. We sought to find the balance between serving the south Lee/ north Collier patients and the north Lee/Charlotte County patients and these centers where our patients were already making their regular appointments. It was a model that worked really well at Baby Love because it made care exceptionally convenient. When planning the Estero office location I made a mistake. I looked at the map and saw the shortest distance between I-75 and US 41 was Corkscrew Rd in Estero, and thought if I was going to commute from my house and office in Cape Coral that would be the easiest drive. I also saw Lane Pediatrics, which many of you go to, a satellite office for Island Coast (where many of you have since been dismissed from), and Oakhaven Montessori all in the same 3 blocks. I thought it was a great fit, although the asking rent was triple what we’d budgeted. I’ve struggled with how to keep things like our fees consistent among the clinics, and the idea came up that if we started the relatively low overhead office in North Port first instead of in a...

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Pregnancy with Scoliosis Rods

Posted by on 6:53 pm in Pregnancy, Subluxation | 0 comments

Pregnancy with Scoliosis Rods

I’ve noticed the pregnancy with scoliosis cases are some of my best patients.  It’s a challenge for the mom for sure- baby is pushing unevenly on the ribs, the back hurts more because of the uneven loading.  My job is to help her body function the best it can during the pregnancy and labor, but the real opportunity is postpartum when the hormone relaxin is still in the system.  Relaxin allows the ligaments to be a little more flexible for the birth, but it presents an opportunity to do a little spinal remodeling.  From our experience we actually will see an improvement in posture when we compare 2nd trimester photos to 90 days postpartum.  I had a special case a couple years ago that I submitted for publication. Last week the Journal of Pediatric Maternal & Family Health- Chiropractic published my 6th case report featuring a complicated pregnancy case.  K. came in having been told she shouldn’t get pregnant because it would be too much stress on the steel rods she’d had inserted to help her scoliosis.  This mom had gone through great lengths to keep her body in good shape.  She was a regular yoga practitioner and had a lot of faith in her own body.  When K. found out she and her husband were expecting, this mom-to-be told me she knew keeping her body balanced was the only hope she’d have of a natural labor.   Neck and shoulder pain may have brought her to the office, but the desire for her body to work the best it could was what kept K. coming in. I adjusted this mother over a 5 month period, and we both learned a lot in the process.  First, as a provider I learned I had to be flexible.  As K’s belly grew it became harder and harder for her to lay on her back.  This was a challenge because part of the Webster Technique involves the mom laying belly-up so we can release any tension we find in the round ligaments.  We figured out some of the adjustments could be done with the mom laying on her side, and others we could move the pieces of the table so K. could lay down like she was in a recliner. K. had a tough time during labor.  The final stage required her to lay on her back and push through transition, and the pressure strained the back portion of her pelvis.  We have our moms fill out a form that asks about quality of sleep, anxiety, depression, and satisfaction with their role at home.  When she came back in for her first check post-partum it was the first time K. had scored low on any of those measures.  You could tell the birth really took a lot of effort and energy out of her.  But there she was, a very normal 7 lb 5 oz, 20″ baby that wasn’t supposed to be here.  K. knew she was in for the largest physical challenge of her life and prepared accordingly. Edwards, J & Alcantara, J (2017). “The Chiropractic Care of a Patient with Scoliosis During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period.” Journal of Maternal, Pediatric, and Family Health- Chiropractic Mar 2017 (1) 32-39....

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Affordable HEALTH care

Posted by on 7:58 am in Infants, New Patient Financing, Proactive Wellness | 0 comments

I received a good comment on our Mama’s Chiropractic Facebook page yesterday. So sad you don’t accept any insurance. I get it. It’s a business, but it sucks still. This was in response to our Chiropractic for Babies video, and I wanted to share my response in a place where everyone can see it because the reasons why we do what we do at Mama’s to deliver affordable health care are as important as anything. I wish insurance accepted us! There are chiropractors who contract with insurance providers to deliver chiropractic care. If you have great insurance, they may cover around 20 visits before you start paying out of pocket. That would get you either an adjustment about every two weeks or, if there’s an immediate issue, about 3 months of care figuring 2-3 visits a week for 4 weeks, then weekly for 8. Here’s the problem I run into with that model: When I worked in an insurance based practice it would break my heart knowing a child needed to be adjusted but the parents’ benefit had run out, so I wouldn’t see them until January. There was nothing I could do about it. Legally an office can offer around a 10% discount for paying cash at that point, so let’s say a baby is teething and we see her 5 times in November outside the insurance. That’s now $300 out of pocket. Then let’s say brother brings home a bacteria new to the family from day care, and baby gets congested. We see her daily for 4 days and 3 times the next week. That’s another $420 out the door before Christmas. When we added up what Blue Cross expects a family to pay out of pocket in deductibles & copays, then meshed it with how many visits the average patient receives in our office (which is way more than 20!) we found we actually save our patients money by staying out of those contracts. Now we’re also aware that some people fall on hard times. Businesses close, seasonal work dries up. Last year after talking with people on this page we developed a temporary financial hardship agreement. We helped 10 families who would have otherwise required state assistance for chiropractic care until they could get back on their feet. We also started participating in the Patriot Project, which offers free chiropractic care to disabled veterans, families of active duty military personnel, and Gold Star families. Someone needed to help those expecting spouses and babies, so we stepped up. If we were contracted with an insurance provider to charge a certain amount for their patients and I shifted one of them to a program like this, I would go to jail. It happened to a friend of mine who gave free care to her local high school’s track team. Believe me, insurance companies get pain-based care, but most still classify what I talk about in this video as “experimental or investigational,” and a lot of docs have to fib in order to get a child’s adjustments covered. Ask your chiropractor about that if he or she bills insurance for your children, and thank them if they’re in this boat with an insurance company because they’re putting their license on the line for you. In our office we...

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My Pregnant Sister Was Using a Cane

Posted by on 9:18 am in Pain Management, Patient Referrals, Pregnancy, Testimonials, Uncategorized | 0 comments

My Pregnant Sister Was Using a Cane

As our office has grown successful and our reputation is spreading to the medical birth community, I’ve received quite a few “I don’t know what to do here, maybe the chiropractor can help,” referrals from obstetricians.  I’ve had more than my share of “Oh crap, how is this going to work?” moments when an expecting mother is assisted by a family member into my office.  But I trust the process, I trust the body is trying to do the right thing, and I tell those people I tell everyone about chiropractic:  My job isn’t to take away a symptom, it’s to help the body and brain talk clearly.  If subluxation is involved in what you’re experiencing, the symptoms generally take care of themselves as the body is free to begin healing. This is a N.T. telling her role one of those stories: I’ve been to many chiropractors and he is simply the best. I brought my sister in 9 months pregnant because she was in so much pain she was using a cane to walk. In three days I was helping her do pregnancy yoga to help with her baby’s positioning. I have a job that’s tough on my body and I couldn’t do it without him. What the young lady doesn’t write is that this was an opportunity for her to come full-circle.  A few years prior to her sister getting pregnant, N. suffered a stroke and lost the ability to walk.  She told me she’d re-learned how to do it by following her sister around.  Now here was that same sister who had stood so strongly for her unable to get out of bed when I spoke with her on the phone two days prior, needing her help out of the car and onto our table.  The emotions were so powerful when I learned about our role in repaying N.’s debt of gratitude that I still get choked up when I tell this story in...

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From Pregnancy to Family Wellness

Posted by on 6:39 am in Healthy Living, Pregnancy, Proactive Wellness, Testimonials | 0 comments

It usually starts out like this:  An expecting mother walks into our office, referred by her friends, her searches online, or her birth provider, to help with a symptom she’s developed during the pregnancy.  She develops a relationship with our office and understands the benefit of chiropractic so well that she wants her baby under care.  We’re now about six months to a year into working with one another, and Dad usually starts wondering if we adjust men, too. There has to be more going on here than “Chiropractic helped my back pain.”  This is our focus on family wellness.  One mom named Jessi L. offered to share her experience. I can’t even begin to put into words how I feel about Doc Edwards. He feels more like family at this point. He goes above and beyond any doctor I’ve ever seen. He’s always willing to listen and he is very dedicated to his patients. It’s been about 3 years now as a patient and I’ve never walked out of the office disappointed. I always leave feeling relieved and uplifted. I highly recommend him to anyone needing a new look on healthcare. I have been a patient at Mama’s Chiropractic for:    > 3 years When you think about the way your family sees the world, sometimes it leaves parents feeling like outsiders.  They like the idea of cloth diapering.  Rather than “baby-proofing,” they commit to making their home a safe environment for everyone, not just convenient for the adults.  If you extend the premise that life is intelligent and that there’s a clear benefit to living in harmony with nature into the way your family utilizes healthcare, consider Jessi’s words. He feels more like family… I always leave feeling relieved and uplifted. People don’t choose to continue chiropractic care for 3 years to treat a symptom.  They do so because there’s a clear benefit to improving their way of...

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Pregnancy Chiropractic Testimonial

Posted by on 1:10 pm in Children, Colicky Babies, Infants, Newborn, Pediatric Chiropractic, Pregnancy | 0 comments

One of the biggest honors I have is when an expecting mom brings her baby in for care, then brings the rest of the family in.  What she doesn’t talk about in this testimonial is the level of trust this family had with me to adjust their youngest son with special needs, or give a second opinion when their eldest was hit in the head by a pitch and suffered a concussion. Doc and the chiropractic care that he has provided myself and my family (three of four of my kids) is invaluable. I started seeing him when I was pregnant with my youngest child which made a HUGE difference for me in my pregnancy and delivery. The story doesn’t end here.  The baby girl would cry with such painful gas, and after trying a course of care and probiotics we needed to take the next step. When the youngest was born she had what seemed to me like colic issues, however something in my gut told me not to settle for that answer and I had her tested by Doc for food sensitivities- of which she had three big ones, all of which I was eating while nursing her!! A week after cutting those foods out of my diet and she was a different baby all together!!! He also began adjusting her as well as her bigger sister and one of her bigger brothers. I cannot say enough positive things about Doc himself, his staff and his family… I am definitely grateful to have had them in my life these past 2 years!! Thanks you so much for all that you do! When you’re a part of people’s lives for two years, you get to know one another.  You’ll see there’s a much different feel to Mama’s Chiropractic than what you’d expect from “going to the doctor.”  That difference has been a conscious effort to serve our patients with our hearts as well as our hands and...

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