A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart till the day you die.
Optimum Health Care prior to and during pregnancy:
Because of her expertise in caring for children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Dr. Buerger is also very knowledgeable of specific contributing factors that can later lead to a child being diagnosed with a Neurodevelopmental condition. Therefore; it is her mission to work with individuals, prior to and during pregnancy, to make certain that any risk factors are minimized and that a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby are the ultimate result!
Dr. Buerger works with many women prior to pregnancy to establish that their spine and nervous system are at optimal health prior to conception. A proper functioning nervous system provides a healthy environment for easier conception without the use of fertility drugs. It is imperative that the nervous system and immune system of the eventual mother-to-be are operating at their optimal level to ensure vitality of expectant child.
Dr. Buerger also understands the special chiropractic needs of the pregnant patient and works closely with mid-wives and obstetricians throughout a woman’s pregnancy. She is certified in the Webster Technique; discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. The Webster Technique is a specific Chiropractic analysis and adjustment for pregnant mothers. This technique, which has a reported success rate of >85%, corrects sacral subluxation, balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, removes constraint and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. Thus, allowing for a greater chance of a vaginal or “natural” delivery rather than a caesarian-section (c-section).
With specific chiropractic adjustments and exercises; both of which are safe during pregnancy, Dr. Buerger offers relief of back pain, sciatic pain, and pelvic pain related to pregnancy. Unwanted symptoms such as heartburn during pregnancy can also be helped with chiropractic adjustments! Treatment also focuses on the optimum in-utero environment for proper neurological development of the fetus. Many of the sensory-motor systems that are critical for later social, motor, and academic learning rely on proper fetal movement in-utero. Chiropractic care is also known to help minimize the need for c-sections or other traumatic events that can be associated with pregnancy and/or the birthing process. There is substantial research that links various neurodevelopmental disorders with birth trauma and/or difficult pregnancies; particularly with c-sections. For example, autistic children are 12 times more likely to suffer birth trauma or complication than their non-autistic siblings. Emma Glasson and colleagues from the University of Western Australia School of Psychiatric and Clinical Neuroscience compared the birth records of the 465 children diagnosed with autism between 1980 and 1995 with the records of 1,313 randomly selected non-autistic children. They found that compared to the non-autistic group, the autism cases experienced more difficulties during pregnancy, labor, delivery and during the neonatal period. One of the common factors was that of cesarean section delivery. According to the Desert News (February 2007), Utah is said to have one of the highest autism rates; 1/133 children and 1/79 boys. They also have a higher ratio of breech births, c- sections and newborns that required more than 30 minutes of assisted ventilation among children with autism.
According to a study by Irvin Hendryson, MD, a member of the American Medical Association board of trustees, “visiting a chiropractor while being pregnant can help the expectant mother deliver the baby with more comfort.” Research has also found that women who receive chiropractic care during pregnancy have approximately 6 fewer hours of labor than women who did not receive care. Another important reason for care throughout pregnancy is to help establish balance in the mother’s pelvis. Williams Obstetrics Text states that “Any contraction of the pelvic diameters that diminish the capacity of the pelvis can create dystocia (difficulty) during labor.” They further state that the diameter of the woman’s pelvis is decreased when the sacrum is displaced. Also, if the bones of the pelvis are out of alignment or subluxated, this will directly affect the way the uterus will be supported. Unequal ligament support of the uterus will twist/turn the uterus reducing the amount of room for the developing baby. The term used to describe this condition is intrauterine constraint.
Diet, Nutrition & Detoxification
It is well established that the nutritional status of the mother and father will have direct bearing on the health of the developing fetus. It is also true that the toxic load of the mother and father can impact or “disrupt” proper neurological development of the unborn fetus. Today’s food sources are deprived of nutritional content due to depleted mineral sources in the soil. They are also laden with pesticides, herbicides and most are genetically modified. Therefore, it is important that women consume nutritionally dense foods as well as take good quality, proper dietary supplements prior to and during pregnancy (most pre-natal vitamins are not sufficient alone). It is also important that, if possible, prior to conception women take measures to rid their body of toxins. Toxic chemicals get into our bodies in various ways; we inhale them, ingest them, and absorb them through our skin. The term “body burden” refers to the total amount of these chemicals that are present in the human body at a given point in time. In one particular study of newborns, of the more than 400 chemicals tested for, 287 were detected in umbilical cord blood. Of these, 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain or nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animals. (Environmental Working Group (EWG); July 2005). In addition to the nutritional and toxic status of the mother, it is now known that the father’s status is also a contributing factor to potential neurological and immunological factors of the child. Therefore, Dr. Buerger enjoys working with both the mother-to-be and father-to-be in providing optimum care prior to conception. In the case where the woman is already pregnant, Dr. Buerger will guide her to adequate nutritional and supplemental resources.