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Notes from the Practice of Harold Goodman, D.O.

Treatment of pregnant women.  Friday, February 27, 2009

I love treating pregnant women.

Osteopathy has so much to offer someone who is going through pregnancy. Imagine such an experience minus back pain, morning sickness, depression, and a myriad number of other things which make pregnancy unpleasant.

In addition, by balancing the entire system and restoring normal pelvic function, labor and delivery become much easier.

One of the best things about this treatment is that the child gets treated in utero. This often results in a happy, healthy neonate and avoids a lifetime of possible problems. I also turn babies who are not facing in the best position for delivery.

For moms who have had problem pregnancies in the past such as premature delivery, pregnancy related hypertension, etc., the osteopathic treatment not only normalizes things and permits the mother to reach successful termination of the pregnancy at or near their due date but also ends the cycle of problem pregnancies.

Midwives and obstetricians often remark at the ease of delivery with women treated osteopathically.

The post-partum time is also much easier.

Since newborns are very amenable to treatment designed to improve their function, I routinely offer the mothers whom I treat during pregnancy a free initial visit for the neonate in order to get the newborn started in the very best way. A child treated in utero as well as soon after delivery stands out as an unusually healthy child.

As an example of what can be done for neonates we can take the example of a newborn who has trouble latching onto the mom's breast for feeding. Osteopathic treatment of the sub-occipital area to free up the hypoglossal and other cranial nerves associated with breast feeding leads to remarkable and rapid changes.

Osteopathy has so much to offer the pregnant mom and her child.

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