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Midwifery and Chiropractic: A Vitally Important Relationship

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ICPA announces PBRN Study 10: The beliefs and attitudes about the use of chiropractic services in the care of pregnant women: a survey of midwives

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"To change the world, we must first change the way babies are being born." - Dr. Michel Odent

Anecdotally, the chiropractic community has long supported the role of midwives in supportive care during pregnancy and the birthing process. It’s a connection that makes sense -- midwives and chiropractors share many common bonds. Care provided by both types of practitioners emphasize trust, emotional wellness and a natural process of pregnancy and delivery. They both offer care that is personal and specific to the individual. Midwives and chiropractors both recognize the importance of optimal biomechanics in the best outcomes for pregnant mothers and infants. Many practitioners seek collaboration for this reason.

What’s possible when chiropractors and midwives work together? Pregnant women may benefit most from collaboration between these two professions. Past research shows that pregnant women who are under the care of midwives are more likely to seek chiropractic care and less likely to visit walk-in clinics or emergency rooms than those under traditional healthcare services. 1

But what about the point of view of the midwifery profession? According to a 2011 survey study by Drs. Linda Mullin and Joel Alcantara, 100% of the midwives surveyed viewed chiropractic as safe for pregnant mothers, and 92.5% were knowledgeable about the role of chiropractors in perinatal care. Midwives reported 97% positive experiences with chiropractors, and 57% have referred to chiropractors for pregnancy-related health concerns.2

But there is more work to be done to develop the relationship between chiropractors and midwives. The same study revealed that there are some gaps in understanding chiropractic from midwives -- about 73% of surveyed midwives responded that they’d like to learn more about chiropractic.2

New PBRN Aims to Bridge the Gap

This year, the ICPA plans to further explore and build professional relationships between chiropractors and midwives. The new PBRN, Study 10 - The beliefs and attitudes about the use of chiropractic services in the care of pregnant women: a survey of midwives, may further demonstrate how midwives perceive chiropractic collaboration as a beneficial component of perinatal care. PBRN 10 is a survey-based study that will collect information based on questionnaires for midwives on their views and attitudes about chiropractic.

If we can understand the personal and professional needs of midwives, we have a greater chance of addressing their needs in our interpersonal relationships and building a stronger alliance. An increased awareness of the safety and efficacy of chiropractic, as well as its role in perinatal wellness, just may open up more midwives’ doors to chiropractic.

ICPA Participates in Ongoing Research

ICPA strives to make an impact on family well-being by addressing questions pertinent to the practice of family chiropractic. Through our research projects, we aim to improve the health of children and pregnant women worldwide. Learn more about the ICPA PBRN here.


1. Metcalfe A, Grabowska K, Weller C, Tough SC. Impact of prenatal care provider on the use of ancillary health services during pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013 Mar; 11;13:62. doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-62.

2. Mullin L, Alcantara J, Barton D, Dever L. Attitudes and views on chiropractic: a survey of United States midwives. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Aug;17(3):135-40.

 

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