The Webster Technique, was discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), in 1978. He developed it as a specific pelvic adjustment for pregnant women to help balance pelvic muscles and ligaments and potentially improve birth outcome. The first woman who came into his practice and had this technique applied, was pregnant with a breech baby. Shortly after beginning care, the baby turned to a head down position. Although Dr. Webster continued to offer this adjustment for all pregnant mothers in his practice, for those presenting breech, he claimed a 95% rate of these babies assuming a more optimal positioning for birth. This led to great interest by chiropractors, birth providers and mothers seeking options for safer, easier births.
In 2000, Dr. Jeanne Ohm along with Dr. Webster’s widow, Connie Webster, developed the Webster Proficiency Certification for the ICPA. By then, it was hypothesized that this technique may positively affect the causes of dystocia as outlined by William’s Obstetrics. In other words, finding a provider who is certified in the Webster technique and seeking care throughout pregnancy may have very positive effects on birth outcome.
For more information on the ICPA and the Webster Technique, please view their website here.
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