Greetings Midwifery Today community~
I was so pleased to discover these forums! I am a mama of three amazing kiddos, all born at home, ages 8, 5, and 1. I am also a chiropractor and craniosacral therapist whose practice is focused on pediatrics, pregnant & postpartum women. I became a mama while I was studying to become a chiropractor and was greatly disappointed on the lack of useful information regarding treating mothers. After 6 years of practice, I have seen the same "syndrome" over and over again, so frequently that I finally decided to name it "Postpartum Pain Syndrome". In a nutshell, it looks something like this:
Mothers, usually breastfeeding (extra hormones= increased laxity of ligaments), with a cluster of specific symptoms including chronically tight and painful upper backs, shoulders, necks, TMJ problems, muscle and joint pain/stiffness, and headaches-- as well as mothers with increased susceptibility to lower back injuries, including herniated discs. There are numerous contributing factors, of course: all the ackward, sustained postures associated with mothering (breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, leaning over the change diapers, pick up toys, do extra laundry, carry carseats, etc etc etc...) combined with ligaments that are still loose and unstable, complicated by hormonal fluctuations, propensity for mild-severe depression, topped off with sleep deprivation and no time or money for self care... you get the idea!
Combining my experience as a mama who has lived through it, with my experience as a practitioner who has treated hundreds of mamas going through it, I am developing a presentation to share with other practitioners. I want to increase awareness about the unique challenges mamas face so that they can be better served by the practitioners who treat them. Happier, healthier mamas = happier, healthier babies = happier, healthier world. Overly optimistic? Maybe, but at least I'm trying to do my small part to "be the change". :)
So, if any of you out there are so inclined, I'd love to hear your stories, thoughts, and ideas. I'd love clinical input from doctors, midwives, bodyworkers of all kinds, etc... as well personal input from moms "in the trenches" (now or in the past) about their experiences.
Thank you, and be well!
Amy Lynne Watson, DC
Whole Mama ~ Whole Child