I have to pause my normal posting to announce that my wonderful wife has given birth to our 4th daughter. There were no complications and things went well. Both mom and baby are beautiful and healthy. Some of the training we receive in chiropractic college I never plan to use as a chiropractor. This is one of those things. I never plan to deliver a baby for anyone else, but I am happy to have been able to deliver all four of my little girls. If I didn’t feel outnumbered before this picture will show you how lopsided our family is now.
Because this is a professional health care site I would like to include a report on an experiment that we attempted during this labor. Many of you reading this will be familiar with E-stim or TENS. I posted about it a few posts back (link). I posted there that this modality was not used during pregnancy because there was no research to support or contraindicate it’s use. There are however studies indicating possible benefits to mothers in labor. The findings are interesting, and the application is safe and has been used successfully for over 30 years in Europe. I have asked my wife to write up her feelings on using the TENS unit during this labor. I’ll not bias you with my observations, but I will post her comments as soon as she gets the time to write them, though I must warn you she’s a much more engaging writer than I am. In the meantime here is a great though dry article on the use of this modality during labor.