Millions of mothers prepare to give birth every year. Childbirth represents one of the most amazing moments and gifts experienced by any parent. Even in times of crises or during global pandemics, bringing a child into the world is one of the most amazing events and important moments in the life of a parent. A healthy delivery is more valued than any of the other variables such as the sex of the baby or finding a name.

A 2015 study evaluated two million full term children born via cesarean(C-section). The research analyzed chronic immune disease records over a 30-year period. The study concluded that children delivered via cesarean(C-section) experienced significantly higher risks of asthma, systemic connective tissue disorders, juvenile arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, immune deficiencies, and leukemia compared to non-cesarean delivered infants.

Babies and Chronic DiseaseTwo primary mechanisms help explain why chronic disease and Csection birth may have a direct relationship. The first pertains to mechanical stress placed on the upper cervical spine of the baby during the birth. This type of stress has the ability to interfere with central nervous system function by creating small and subtle misalignments of the vertebrae in the upper neck. The second component of a C-section birth contributing to poor health outcomes involves disruption of the digestive system. A major aspect of immune health is directly connected to the balance of bacteria and living organisms in the gut. A baby born vaginally consumes an important number of bacteria utilized in the beginning moments of life outside the womb. The bacteria create a specific layer of digestive chemicals and enzymes critical to brain and immune health for the baby over a lifetime.

Both of these challenges must be assessed and addressed in children born via C-section to minimize or avoid preventable illness. Proper gut assessment and nutritional recommendations for a nursing mother can improve gut health in a baby. Pediatric-trained chiropractors use skillful processes to improve mechanical spine-related abnormalities that influence the nervous system. Spinal health plays a significant role in human health because of an intimate connection between the brain and central nervous system. Most healthcare professionals underestimate the influence of spinal health and alignment to overall body health and function, especially in newborns and infants.

Chiropractors specialize in improving function of the nervous system by detecting and correcting vertebral misalignments and mobility problems in adults, children, and infants. The 30-year study linking chronic disease and C-section delivery proves a need for all newborns to have a spinal evaluation soon after birth. Parents value a healthy birth above all else during those tense moments in the delivery room. Chiropractors work with other healthcare providers to play a significant role in reversing the effects of delivery stress. Chiropractic care helps unlock the health potential for children of any age through regular check-ups and gentle adjustments when necessary.