How Baby Hugs & Sounds Can Help Expectant Mums Face Birth

advice for expectant mums from our paediatric chiropractor at Cliffs Chiropractic ClinicAs one of the UK’s first chiropractors to qualify as a Certified Chiropractic Paediatric Practitioner, Arif has extensive experience of helping expectant mums.

Arif has recorded a short video explaining two concepts that he hopes will help expectant mums who are going to go through labour – baby hugs and sounds.

You can also read a transcript of the video below it.


Baby Hugs …

If you think about it when we really cherish something and we are going to say goodbye what we often tend to do is to give it an embrace – a hug, to show how much we care, to show our compassion, our love and then, after the hug, we release and say goodbye.

Your body has for nine months been growing, nurturing and giving life to this embryo and now it’s about to send your baby into the outside world.

The uterus literally is a muscle. It will hug the baby from the top down, caressing it with contractions to bring it into the world.

Try and regard those contractions as baby hugs.

Literally your body for the final time hugging, loving and saying goodbye to your baby and helping it gently but firmly into the outside world.

The hormones you release during the birthing process are the same ones that you released when you were conceiving the child. If you think about that it’s a compassionate and passionate thing. During the birth you are passionately holding, hugging, loving that baby and releasing it to the world.

Sound …

When you’re giving birth, initially when the baby is high up in the birth canal, the sounds that you make, the breathing sounds and the groaning sounds, will be quite high pitched. As the baby resonates and passes through the birth canal theses sounds will tend to be deeper.

That vibration literally helps the baby pass through the birth canal into the world.

I hope those few concepts will help you as your go through those contractions.

Have a great birth.

A New Arrival … Treating Pregnant Ladies Is Such a Joy

We’d like to congratulate Alex and Mark Howell on the arrival of Hugo, their baby boy. During her pregnancy, Alex was treated by Arif.

As one of the UK’s first chiropractors to qualify as a Certified Chiropractic Paediatric Practitioner, Arif, has helped many ladies through their pregnancies.

Arif says “Caring for an expectant mother is an extremely rewarding experience. It offers an unique opportunity to positively influence two lives at once.”

A specialised approach is required to deal with the changing physiology and posture pregnancy brings. Expectant mums often experience new sensations however some may be indicative of musculoskeletal problems in the lumbar spine and pelvis. Any persistent pain should be looked into.

The aim of the chiropractic approach to pregnancy care is to offer musculoskeletal care with an emphasis on maintaining a well balanced, correct functioning pelvic girdle.

Maintaining the correct relationship between the uterus and its attachment to the pelvis via its ligaments and muscles is fundamental to this. Maintaining this relationship will influence treatment approach and delivery options.

In addition to being a Certified Chiropractic Paediatric Practitioner, Arif is a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association. He is also certified in the Webster Technique.

Arif is able to advise on natural delivery positioning, Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), and other common conditions associated with pregnancy and post gestation related to our area of knowledge.