A pregnancy isn’t simply nine months of a woman’s life, but involves issues that start at conception, carry through to delivery and beyond and bear upon the entire family, said the organizer of Saturday’s inaugural Durango Pregnancy Expo.
“We support and educate women and spouses about getting pregnant and being pregnant to make sure the mother’s body is in optimal condition so labor and delivery go smoothly, which helps avoid intervention as much as possible,” said Rachel Kapustka, a principal in Serving Life Chiropractic Studio.
Kapustka, who received a degree in chiropractic at Life University in Marietta, Ga., and her husband, Nick, who graduated in chiropractic at Sherman College in Spartanburg, S.C., will expound on the value of their specialty in conception and pregnancy at the expo, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1040 Main Ave. The couple have lived in Durango three years.
“We work with women, pre-pregnancy, to make sure their spine and nervous system function properly to provide optimal health for the uterus,” Kapustka said. “The nervous system must be as healthy as possible in order to have a healthy body.”
Pregnancy puts many demands on the body, Kapustka said.
“Our biggest focus is to educate parents on how chiropractic can decrease intra-uterine constraints that can result in breach births or Caesarian sections,” Kapustka said. “If the baby can turn head-down, there tends to be less need for induced births.”
Also on the program Saturday will be:
► Rebecca Pugh, a midwife, who will talk about the importance of nutrition for mother and fetus from conception through birth and the postpartum era.
► Lindsay Sherman of Riverhouse Children’s Center, who will describe how to get siblings in a frame of mind for the arrival of a brother or sister.
► Dr. Jamie McGregor, an obstetrician/gynecologist and professor at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He will speak about brain development in a fetus and how parents can bond with their baby in the womb and after birth.