icpa-supporting-member-250I have certainly been on a long and winding prenatal/perinatal chiropractic journey since starting chiropractic school back in 2002!

As someone who did not even know 1) that pregnant women COULD get adjusted, 2) that pregnant women SHOULD get adjusted, 3) that chiropractic SHOULD be present at every single birth and postpartum, 4) and that there was specialized education and training to prepare chiropractors to work with pregnant women, fast forward 19 YEARS later and it is what I am most passionate about!

While in chiropractic school, I was exposed to so many new concepts that blew my mind–chiropractic throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum; doulas at birth; midwifery; homebirth; waterbirth; and having a chiropractor present at the birth! It was like a whole new world had been opened to me. So much so, that immediately after graduating chiropractic college, I sought out Webster Certification, Doula training through DONA, and coaching with advanced prenatal chiropractors.

Back in 2006, the plan was to take the entire pediatric certification program through the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), but with being a new startup, most of that had to wait. Fast forward to 2016, and the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself–the entire program had a Madison location (closest it had ever been to me) AND I got to be the proctor for the entire series of courses. From October 2016 to early 2019 I completed the 200-hour, 16 class program which included participation in two research studies and an essay based, cumulative test on all courses, and a separate Webster exam. Upon successful completion, I received Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP). In the spring of 2019 I was also notified that an article I wrote on nighttime bedwetting would be published in the Spring 2019 issue of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine, something I had dreamed of for a long time!

Early in 2021, the ICPA announced that they were adding an additional certification, as a separate distinction beyond the Webster Technique, but more perinatal focus than the Pediatric Certification. While there was some overlap between the two, the Perinatal Certification offers a deeper level of understanding surrounding the perinatal time period (preconception through postpartum and breastfeeding). It was the certification I had been hoping they would add! I got signed up right away for the additional courses I would need to take to complete this advanced perinatal work.

The ICPA Perinatal Certification is the next step for our pregnancy and perinatal chiropractors. Webster Certification starts this journey with an in-depth understanding of the importance of chiropractic care during pregnancy; Perinatal Certification builds with comprehensive expertise of care throughout the perinatal period from preconception through postpartum. The Perinatal Certification consists of 9 Seminars, 72 hours total.  There is a multiple choice exam consisting of 15-25 questions to be passed for each course.

I am so happy to announce that as of December 7th, 2021, I am one of a handful of the FIRST Perinatal Certified Chiropractors in the US! This has been an absolute dream and worth the wait. The knowledge I have accumulated throughout chiropractic school, my 16 years in practice, my own pregnancy/birth/motherhood journey, trainings through DONA, Spinning Babies, Bagnell/Gardner, and Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Massage, collaborations with hundreds of providers in the greater birthing community, and last but not least, my trainings and courses through the ICPA has been a tremendous gift.

All of this matters not so much for me as it does for the hundreds of pregnant women and babies I have served in practice, and the hundreds more I will serve in the future. Having a prenatal chiropractor who not only understands the specific physiological, biomechanical, neurological and hormonal changes that are happening in moms body, but who also has a solid comfort level working with these patients, plus a decade and a half of experience that translates into amazing results for these moms and babies, is a tremendous asset to have on your birth team. Having strong connections and relationships with providers in the perinatal community leads to more positive birth experiences and outcomes. Working with and learning from a variety of prenatal cases gives confidence when a challenging case presents itself. And let me tell you, in all my years of practice, there has NEVER been a more challenging time in the perinatal world than right now. From messed up periods, to fertility challenges, stressful pregnancies, overuse of technology, lack of intuition and self-confidence, medicalized birth and delivery, increased pre-term inductions, stressed neonatal periods, breastfeeding challenges and more, my work is cut out for me every single day. And I am here for it.

I continue my training, education and specialization because my community NEEDS it. Women need options for balancing stress, improving nervous system function, preparing for labor, feeling and functioning better, and for giving baby the BEST start it can possibly get. I listen to moms. I hear their stories. I am a part of their journey. I laugh and cry with them. I get angry for them. I accept them. I love them. My favorite New Patient calls to the office are from expecting moms because I KNOW that through prenatal chiropractic care, the journey for her AND the baby can only get better from here.

Something happened to me back in 2003 in chiropractic school, and I am sure glad it did. To every prenatal mama who has seen me during their pregnancy, I am honored to have been chosen to be on the journey with you, and never take that responsibility lightly.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey,

Dr. Brenda Trudell, DC, CACCP, Webster plus Perinatal Certified

About the Author

Dr. Brenda Trudell is a chiropractor and owner of New Beginnings Chiropractic in Mount Horeb, WI. The clinic focuses on natural health, especially for women, pregnancy and children through chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, fitness, nutrition, essential oils, and more. As a female chiropractor, she understands the special circumstances surrounding women's health. Men and women are not created equal, and it is important to acknowledge that in the healthcare world. She strives to find the most current healthcare information to help all of her patients.

Dr. Trudell is available to present to groups on many different topics. Please contact the office for details or with any questions. Dr. Trudell is certified in the Webster Technique. For more information, visit newbeginningschiropractic.net or email at brendatrudell@drtrudell.com.