A Decompression Baby is a child born of a mother who underwent prenatal abdominal decompression therapy during pregnancy and/or childbirth.
The basic principle behind decompression therapy is very simple: By reducing the atmospheric pressure on the pregnant mother’s belly using a simple vacuum pump, the pressure on her uterus and placenta is lowered, allowing an increased supply of blood — and therefore oxygen — to flow to the unborn baby.
The inventors of decompression therapy claimed that it results in:
- Easier, safer pregnancies
- Shorter and less painful childbirth
- Healthier, more intelligent children
The technique was originally developed by O. S. Heyns, D.Sc. in the late fifties and early sixties, and was practiced in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States for about a decade before slipping out of medical vogue in those countries. Interestingly, it it is still routinely offered by the national health service in Slovenia!