Welcome to the “Ask Her Anything” Series at The LightHouse Birth Collective!
(Spoiler Alert: It’s the most fantastic Interview Series you’ll ever read. I’m just telling you now.)
“Ask Her Anything” is the fresh, brutally honest cousin of ‘The Boring Old Interview.” In this unprecedented opportunity, The LightHouse is merging nearly three whole centuries of our Members’ combined birth experience with the chance for prospective clients to be brave and ask the questions that are really on their minds.
One by one, our Midwives, Doulas, and Birth Photographer are answering all kinds of questions that were submitted by our followers – real reader questions that deal with pregnancy, partners, childbirth, and beyond. The questions are intimate, they’re vulnerable, and they’re raw – much like the childbearing year itself – but if you know “birth folks,” you’ll know that they love a good challenge, and our Members didn’t hesitate to tackle even the toughest questions.
It’s our first Guest Interview in the ‘Ask Her Anything’ Interview Series – and the final one! We wanted this outstanding series go out with a bang..and a ‘crack,’ and a ‘snap’…so we went straight to the Chiropractor.
Doctor Brenda Fairchild, DC and Doctor Skylar Kulbacki, DC are the passionate, expert Chiropractors behind award-winning Pea and the Pod Chiropractic, located in Newark, DE. These ladies aren’t just Doctors of Chiropractic care, though – the reason we wanted to shine the spotlight on Pea in the Pod in the final interview of this popular BirthWorker series is because they are Delaware’s leading specialists in prenatal, postpartum, newborn, infant, and pediatric chiropractic care (and what a perfect business name!).
Many families are genuinely surprised – shocked, even – to discover that not only are pregnant women and newborns able to receive chiropractic care, but that they’re often the ones who benefit the most. Here at The LightHouse, we put together a list of the most common questions that an expecting or new family might have about chiropractic care throughout the Childbearing Year, and thought we’d hand ’em over to the experts, to see what Dr. Brenda and Dr. Skylar have to share!
- I’ve never been to a Chiropractor before – does anyone go for the first time while they’re pregnant? (Can pregnant women even go to the Chiropractor? Where would we even put our belly on those tables?) – RC
Many of our patients come for chiropractic care the first time while they are pregnant! Chiropractic care during pregnancy has been shown to be very helpful and safe for both mom and baby. Pregnancy is difficult on a mother’s body and causes many physical changes very quickly, and chiropractic care helps reduce the physical discomforts that are often associated with pregnancy: low back pain, round ligament pain, headaches, and much more.
Regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy has even been shown to reduce delivery times, and make the birth process much more comfortable for mom and baby due to proper alignment of the pelvis, creating an optimal environment for the baby to pass through the birth canal. In our office, we have custom made chiropractic tables to accommodate pregnant bellies, making it very comfortable for a mother to lie face down up until the end of her third trimester.
- Pictures of babies receiving Chiropractic adjustment can look a little bit scary, but I’ve heard that it really helps babies out a lot. How old does a baby have to be to be ‘adjusted,’ and is it really totally safe? What are some of the benefits for a baby seeing a Chiro? I just know my husband will think I’m crazy, but if it’s good for my baby, I’m into learning about it! – CF
Chiropractic care for infants in incredibly gentle and very beneficial for their health and development! There is no age requirement for receiving an adjustment, and we’ve treated infants as young as one day old. The actual adjustment is very specific and gentle. No more pressure will be used during an adjustment, than the pressure you would use to check the ripeness of a tomato. As for the benefits, chiropractic care is for more than just musculoskeletal health! Often the birthing process can be very traumatic and leave infants with spinal, pelvic, and cranial misalignments (subluxations) causing such problems as torticollis, difficulty breastfeeding, constipation, and much more. These misalignments can interfere with the body’s nervous system and its proper functioning. Improper function of the nervous system can lead to imbalances throughout the body and even developmental delays, so it is important to identify and correct these misalignments as early as possible.
- I’ve heard that Chiropractic adjustments can work miracles for helping spin a breech baby around, or for correcting other non-ideal fetal positions. Is that true? How does that work? My last baby was breech, so I’d really like to avoid that again if at all possible and go for a VBAC! – HY
Both of us at Pea and the Pod Chiropractic, Dr. Brenda and Dr. Skylar, are Webster Certified. This means that we have been specially trained in caring for women throughout their pregnancy. Often the rapid physical changes during pregnancy can cause misalignments in a woman’s pelvis and spine, this in turn can cause intrauterine constraint, making it difficult for baby to achieve the ideal head down position. Gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments can be given to women throughout pregnancy to ensure proper alignment of the pelvis and spine. This reduces intrauterine constraint so that the baby can move into proper positioning before birth.
- Do Chiropractors take insurance, just like other doctor’s offices do? – PL
Yes! Here at Pea and the Pod Chiropractic, we currently participate with Highmark of Delaware, BCBS, and United Health Care. However, we work with all patients, even those not covered under the insurance providers listed.
- How often does someone have to receive Chiropractic care in order for it to be effective? I deal with a lot of lower back pain, but we have five children under the age of five, so I just can’t get out of the house for appointments very often. How often do most of your clients come for visits? Would coming once a month or so even be worth it? – TB
The frequency of chiropractic care is different depending on each patient and the particular needs for that patient. There are three different types of chiropractic care: acute care, rehabilitative care, and wellness care.
In the acute phase of care a patient will typically present with intense symptomatology and difficulty in performing everyday tasks such as standing, walking, and sitting for any periods of time. The purpose of acute care is to get the patient out of pain, as quickly as possible, so the patient can return to her daily activities. Often in acute care, the patient will be seen more frequently, 2-3 times per week, for the first few weeks until the symptoms begin to resolve. Once the patient is out of this acute stage of care, the frequency of treatment will taper off and the patient enters the rehabilitative stage of care. In this stage of care the patient will typically be seen once a week or once every two weeks and the purpose of rehabilitative care is to train the body how to hold its proper alignment. This is done by performing muscle work, nutritional counseling, and teaching the patient exercises and stretches to do at home to keep their body from returning into that acute state. The final stage of chiropractic care is wellness care. Often patients do not have any pain or symptoms while under wellness care. Depending on the patient and her lifestyle (diet, exercise, and emotional state), the frequency of wellness care will vary. Often wellness care is an adjustment once every 6-8 weeks. Wellness care, ensures that there is no interference with the body’s ability to function properly.
Chiropractic care is based in the philosophy that the body holds the power to heal itself, chiropractic simply creates an environment in which it is able to do so.
- Does your office offer any other sort of care or support throughout the Childbearing Year beyond Chiropractic adjustments? – RD
Here at Pea and the Pod Chiropractic, we not only provide our patients with gentle and specific adjustments to ensure proper alignment, but many families see us as part of their child’s team to keep them healthy even in times when they are sick. Families understand the importance of boosting the immune system even when they are sick.
In addition to wellness and sick care, but we also perform food panels if allergies are suspected and send patients out for blood work or additional diagnostic testing, when necessary. It is important to treat the whole body to ensure full body health and wellness and this often includes changing a person’s diet and providing supplements to that patient depending on any vitamin or mineral deficiencies they may have.
Head on over to the Pea and the Pod website, where you can get all the information you’re looking for on the specifics and the scope of their care! Also, a very warm congratulations to Dr. Brenda on the publication of her second book, “The Crunchy Mom’s Hands-On Guide to Pregnancy“! (How awesome is that?!)
I hope you guys have enjoyed this “Ask Her Anything” Interview Series as much as I have – keep following us on Facebook, and stay tuned for the next big thing! -SC