July 1st, 2018
My Personal Story: Chiropractic Pregnancy and Pediatric Care.
Being a chiropractor, it was a logical choice for me to choose chiropractic care throughout my own pregnancy, labor and delivery. In my 13 years of experience as a chiropractor, I have helped many pregnant patients have natural, healthy, comfortable, and successful pregnancies. On my own pregnancy journey, I attracted several like-minded, pregnant individuals and patients. It was paramount for me to physically function at my optimum, because I planned to work until my delivery time.
My pregnancy was easy-going, I was adjusted regularly to help have an easier, more comfortable and manageable pregnancy. Keeping my pelvis aligned helped the positioning of the baby in the womb. It also helped me function optimally throughout the days, weeks, and months. I did not have morning sickness, breathing difficulties, swelling, pain or digestive issues. My hips got sore toward the end of my pregnancy, because I was on my feet, working ten hours per day.
My husband, Dr. Karl, and I made an educated, informed decision to have a home birth. In essence, I was living out my chiropractic experience and education by having a natural child birth. My home birth was supervised by a licensed and certified midwife. An OB/GYN was on-call, in case of emergency. Labor took longer than I anticipated. At the very end of delivery, our goal of a homebirth was not realized. When my son crowned, and began to emerge, dark meconium was present. He swallowed a significant amount of meconium, and his vital signs showed significant duress. My midwife made a decision to transport me to the hospital for the birth. My son needed oxygen and equipment that the nurse/midwife did not have readily available in the home setting. After Kamran was born, he had difficulty breathing, due to aspirating meconium into his lungs. The meconium had to be suctioned from his lungs. My newborn son had to remain in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), for five days, until he was stable, breathing and oxygenating on his own.
Despite fighting hospital protocols as hard as I could, I was not allowed to hold my son, nor attempt to breastfeed him for 3 days. Unfortunately, when we attempted, my son would not latch and became frightened to breastfeed. There were failed attempts to help by lactation consultants in the hospital and even one recommended to me post-discharge, and I was pretty well told to give up. Although it was emotional for me too, as I felt a fundamental bond had been broken with my baby boy, I did not want to give up so easily (if anything I am a persistent one). I realized what needed to be done and I needed some help. As a chiropractor who practiced pregnancy care and pediatrics, I knew my son was subluxated. I knew that the birth, even as gentle as it was without much pulling, was traumatic, but also the backpressure created from the huge amount of suctioning, had disrupted his cranial bones and the upper cervical spine and the nerve functions associated. Also, this started to create a torticollis/wry neck in my son’s neck posture. I had experience assessing and adjusting cranial bones from my years of post-grad course work, but not to this complexity. I reached out for help from a few of my pediatric colleagues to help me with adjusting my son. Also, to help balance out the chiropractic adjustments, I sought out a craniosacral therapist to assist me. I also, found a good lactation consultant, who “thought outside the box” of conventional methods, and worked with many different healthcare providers, including chiropractors. So, for the first 2 months of his life, my son was adjusted 2-3 times a week, and he was under craniosacral therapy 2 times a week. After a week of starting, my son started to breastfeed and his sucking reflex was getting stronger. It was a success! My son was able to feed from both breast and pumped bottle once I returned to work.
Going through that experience, I know now that I can confidently express how important it is to have children checked and adjusted immediately following birth. No matter how the birth went—birth, itself, is a trauma. I can only imagine where we would be if he was not checked and adjusted. To this day, he is still checked and adjusted regularly. Let’s face it—I have an apparently very active child, like many, and he bangs himself up regularly but also is in full exploration mode all elements of life, and I want to help him be and stay stronger both naturally and functionally. Also, from my own research and observations, and from MDs who have worked harmoniously with chiropractors, children under chiropractic care tend to generally be healthier and functionally stronger. I certainly understand, now more than ever, how important it is to have a baby get adjusted. My son is well-adjusted.
I hear so many stories of women having a difficult time functioning with their pregnancy. So many seek chiropractic care at the last minute of their pregnancy. Why wait? I hear so many stories of this same or similar challenges as my own son had. I can only say firmly from not only professional experience, but now also personal experience, DO the chiropractic care throughout the whole pregnancy, as it will help you through it. I can say firmly, from my own experience, get your child assessed, adjusted and checked regularly, as it will help make a huge difference in their life, as many across the world have discovered.
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My Chiropractic Story
Thank you for visiting my page... I love connecting both personally and professionally. Most people wonder how one became a chiropractor, and I can say that chiropractic found me (twice). My first experience was involving my sport, as I was a competitive figure skater in my native Canada for 15 years. I was competing at a National Championship and I hurt my hip during the practice sessions prior to the competition. I went to the medical room and I ended up being treated by a chiropractor. It was there that I had my first adjustment, which was startling but was also effective. It got me through the competition soundly. At the time, I didn't think much beyond the idea of chiropractic being about the spine and back pain, and carried on.
A few years later, chiropractic came back into my life unexpectedly for another matter that I didn't orignally expect it to be. I was doing my post-graduate degree in Physical Therapy and I got very ill in the middle of the program, to the extent that I was taken to the hospital. I was given an antibiotic and I had a severe allergic reaction to it. It left me in very poor health when discharged, and I was struggling on a daily basis with many things to function (eczema, digestive issues/appetite, debilitating migraine headaches, extreme fatigue, sleep issues, to name a few). It forced me to take a year off from school. I ran into an old skating mom from my club. When she saw me in the condition I was in, she handed me a card from a friend of hers--a chiropractor. I thought how could a chiropractor help me in that way, and she said to me that there is much more to chiropractic care than just back and neck pain, and that it will be able to help me. After speaking to my parents, I decided to take a chance and see what the chiropractor had to say. Walking into the office was an experience in itself, as I noticed a full waiting room of pregnant patients, babies, children, and grandmas and grandpas. I realized that every one of them was being adjusted. At my first visit, I was very well oriented to what chiropractic was about, more than I ever thought, and how they look at the body health and function and what to expect with the exam and treatment based on my results. I started under care and over the course of the year that I was home, I did gradually get better, stronger and back to health. I started to ask during that year at some point, why pregnancy, babies, kids, etc. All that was said was that everyone needs to be optimally connected to function at their best, and that includes babies up to grandmas. Everyone in that office was happy and healthy and there was a huge energy that I couldn't describe, but to experience it was powerfully uplifting.
Towards the end of my year off, when I was having to start planning to go back to school, I spoke to my parents about making a change of path. I was very inspired by my own experience and watching others experience of chiropractic, that I wanted to pursue it.... so my journey to become a chiropractor began at Life University in Marietta, Georgia in 2001, but completed at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 2005.
I took in so much during school with exposure to many chiropractic approaches but also it became clear what directions I wanted to take in practice. During my program, I pursued course work outside in pediatric and pregnancy care in the ICPA program, travelling all over the midwest with my classmates who had similar interest. I completed the entire coursework and also received my Webster's certification in 2006. I also pursued coursework in Gardner Methods of Pregnancy which compliment Webster's Methods very well. Pregnancy care has been a fun and enjoyable experience over the last 13 years. I also looked at rehabilitative care as I wanted to look at methods that would integrate my background in physical therapy with chiropractic care. After graduation, I pursued studies in Chiropractic Biophysics Methods, which is effective in corrective changes in the spine over time. Currently, I have pursued some more extensive study into cranial-sacral methods and tonal low-force chiropractic methods, as my own son had problems latching to breastfeed after birth, and it was those methods that resolved it.
My biggest passion in life is my family time, meditative/reflective time, and exploration time. I am married to Dr. Karl Forgeron, who also practices chiropractic with me in our office, and we each compliment each other as far as what we both offer to help all of our patients. We have a very energetic little boy named Kamran, who is our precious little miracle and whom we both strive to raise in a very health-conscious paradigm.
From my experiences in life and health, it is never too late and never too early, and always, with the willing effort, each person can regain and achieve or maintain what is their optimum function and health.
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Dr. Maryam Ahsan's Chiro Blog
This is my first blog post. I intend this blog to be a diary of my life journey as a chiropractic physician, wife, mother, business owner, public educator and former high-level figure skating athlete.
My son, Kamran, was born all naturally, without the use of drugs or surgical procedures. My husband, Karl, also a chiropractor, and I both made the decision to raise Kamran as naturally as possible in this challenging world. So many future blog posts will be about natural child-birth and natural treatment options we have used personally and professionally.
As a new business owner in the chiropractic field, my background has been as an employee for the past 11 years in the corporate world. It taught me a lot, and also helped me realize what I did and did not want in my life and career. My experience related to helping patients will serve me well. My specialty focus is family chiropractic. I have postgraduate training in pediatrics and pregnancy chiropractic care, and have treated thousands of pregnant females and their children. I also have structural and function training through Chiropractic BioPhysics technique.
A Wellness Physician Group, owned by me, and Freedom Wellness Centers, owned by my husband, will combine efforts to educate the public about the many benefits of living a healthy, chiropractic lifestyle. Since this is my first business venture, you, the reader, will be able to witness my growth as a business owner.
Dr. Maryam Ahsan-Forgeron
A Wellness Blog is a diary of my life journey as a chiropractor, business owner, wife and mother.