The Business of Being Born

Hi, this is Dr.Rob with your weekly health blog. This week we’re going to talk about the business of being born. I want to thank Stephanie for bringing in the movie called The Business of Being Born; if you get a chance, watch it! The movie discusses midwives and our birthing system today.

The United States has one of the highest infant mortality rates of industrialized countries. Many countries in Europe, as well as Japan, have lower mortality rates. Coincidentally, 70% of all babies in the aforementioned countries are delivered by midwives whereas only 8% of babies in the U.S. are delivered by midwives.

A little history on births in the U.S: In the 1900s, 95% of all births were home births. By 1955, less than 1% of births were home births. C-section rates increased from 5% in 1970 to 45% in 1995. It’s amazing how we’ve turned a natural procedure into a major medical operation. In fact, one of the most common operations done on women in the United States are c-sections.

If you get a chance, take a look at that movie; it’s amazing. You should at least get the facts so you can make intelligent decisions about your health.

If you have any questions about this, call me at Bates Chiropractic (310) 545-4188 or visit me online at

Keep Spreading The Word. Look forward to seeing you at your next visit.

Wipeout! Stress is the Main Cause of Subluxations!

Hi this is Dr. Rob with your weekly health blog. This week we’re going to talk about causes of subluxations. There are 3 main causes which in reality are just one cause: stress. The inability of your body to adapt to stress causes subluxations. It could be a physical stress, a mental type stress, even a chemical stress.

Let’s discuss one of the causes, Physical Stress, the most obvious one. If you want to see a way one can subluxate himself, tune into Wipeout on ABC on Thursday Dec 8th at 8 p.m. You’ll be able to see my daughter as one of the contestants on Wipeout subluxating herself!
Take a look at the way people can subluxate themselves then we can discuss the biomechanics of it later!

This is a friendly reminder to always get your kids checked out, ’cause it seems like with kids every day is a wipeout!

Have questions? Call me at Bates Chiropractic at (310)710-4787 or contact me on the web at

Don’t forget check out Autumn Bates this Thursday on Wipeout, channel 7 at 8:00 pm!