This is as good as it gets in my birth world.
A woman, who had a long list of difficult fascial strain issues, had 20 visits of Gillespie Approach therapy to get clear. She later had a great pregnancy, while giving birth at 41 weeks and four days. She had a 12-hour natural, uneventful labor and delivery with a midwife and doula. I wonder what this experience would have been like without our therapy.
I saw her three-day-old son today. The doctors said he was “healthy,” but mom picked up on some incipient problems. He latched fine, but favored one breast probably because I felt that his neck was tight and he had left TMJ strain.
Orally he was also showing a possible tongue tie. I suggested to mom that we get him strain-free and let her IBCLC do her magic before anyone mentions the “frenectomy” word.
Mom said his lower body was tight and he had some reflux and hiccups. Since the ultrasounds showed that he was in the delivery position for at least 21 weeks, I found this common fetal strain in his low back pulling into his diaphragm.
At this age the strains released easily, probably bypassing the usual 5–8 older infant visit schedule. Newborns need to be treated as close to birth as possible before the strains become more entrenched. I am soon expecting a happy baby and happy mom.
My vision for the world: Mom gets therapy to feel good, she has a great birth experience, and she has a happy baby.
The Gillespie Approach is a massage modality that helps the body release its tight connective or fascial tissue from its physical and emotional traumas. We have a special interest working with newborns, whose untreated fascial strains from birth trauma can result in a lifetime of suffering.