Great Expectations: The Role of Chiropractic in the Shifting Pardigm of Birth. Jeanne Ohm, DC

While we were still in chiropractic college, Tom and I conceived and planned our first birth. We had taken a brief education course with midwives prior to our pregnancy, which outlined the basics of labor. We read Ina May Gaskin’s book, Spiritual Midwifery, from cover to cover. We had implicit trust in the process and decided to have an “unattended” home birth, a term not to be coined until many years later. We were not being reckless (as some tried to label us), or rebellious (as others accused)-we were simply deducing that if Life Expresses Intelligence, it would do so in our births. From this perspective we faced birth with awe, not fear.Women used to give birth without regard or need for an outside authority. They trusted their intuition and respected their bodies’ inherent functions. Unfortunately, the technocratic-based birth industry of today spreads the fear of pain, failure and disaster. Today’s birth practices constitute one of the most profound examples of how we have allowed the mystique of technology to overcome practical intuition. Women have been led to look outside themselves for solutions rather than trusting their inner wisdom.

When we look at the upsurge in the C-section rate and the escalation of interventions, the future appears grim. I find it disheartening that the normal, natural process of birth is engulfed with such fear and ridicule by the self-appointed powers-that-be. We have allowed these ideas to override our innate trust in, and respect for, our bodies’ own ability to function.

I am sure you would agree, as chiropractors, one of the most important services we provide is to shift a mother back to trusting her inherent ability to give birth naturally. In addition to the life-giving adjustment, we offer resources to make informed, conscious choices. We connect her with others of like mind and heart. We become that supportive provider who awakens her to her inner feminine power by introducing her to our chiropractic principle: Life Expresses Intelligence. From there, we encourage her to deduce from this premise, respect her body’s wisdom and trust in her own intuition. When a woman seeks her strength from within, she finds the greatest inspiration-her awakened, internal spark of power.

The vital service chiropractors provide is to introduce our major premise and then encourage them to trust and respect their own intuition. When a woman seeks her strength from within, she finds the greatest inspiration- her awakened, internal spark of power.

Doctors, I am imploring you to reach out and care for more pregnant women in your communities. There is nothing short of a public health crisis in birth and the implications for the future health of the human race is at stake. Caring for pregnant mothers we have a huge impact on the physical, mental and social well-being, of our world. Please join the ICPA in our Human Potential Movement: Chiropractic Today for a Better World Tomorrow. 

Jeanne Ohm, DC is the Chief Executive Officer of the ICPA, Inc, (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) and the Executive Editor of its award winning magazine: Pathways to Family Wellness. She also travels weekly to teach chiropractors the ICPA Perinatal class: Great Expectations with Webster certification. Dr. Ohm can be reached via e-mail:    To find out more about the ICPA, access their website at .