Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 (Aug); 17 (3): 135–140
Linda Mullin, Joel Alcantara, Derek Bartonad, Lydia Deverae
Life University, College of Chiropractic, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA 30060, USA.
OBJECTIVE: A survey of midwives' knowledge and views about chiropractic.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional descriptive survey.
SETTING/LOCATION: An anonymous on-line self-administered survey.
PARTICIPANTS: United States midwives.
OUTCOME MEASURE: Respondent demographics, professional training, personal and professional clinical experience, opinions on safety of chiropractic, and scope of chiropractic practice.
RESULTS: A total of 187 midwife respondents completed the questionnaire resulting in a superficial response rate of 2.1%. Responders were certified nurse-midwives and had some form of training regarding chiropractic. The responders were aware that chiropractors worked with "birthing professionals" and attended to patients with both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal disorders. The vast majority indicated a positive personal and professional clinical experience with chiropractic and that chiropractic was safe for pregnant patients and children.
CONCLUSIONS: There is great awareness of and positive personal and professional experience with chiropractic on the part of midwives who participated in this survey. We encourage further research in this field.