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Care of the Postpartum Patient - Los Angeles, CA - February 2-3, 2019 (SOLD OUT)

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Price: $475 (Early Registrant Price $450)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15

The woman who has just given birth is not only learning to adapt to motherhood, but her physiology is constantly adapting to the changes within the postnatal period. Her uterus will go through involution, or a return towards prenatal size, fluid volumes in her body will drastically reduce, affecting her cardiovascular responses, and the remarkable machinery involved in her endocrine system will again shift in response to varying hormonal needs. In this 2-day continuing education course the participant will learn about a variety of important challenges faced by the postpartum woman that are due, in part, to such physiological changes.

Although the postpartum period may be defined as the time immediately following the birth of a child until 6 weeks later, many patients present to the clinic years or even decades later who have issues that stemmed from the peripartum period. Physical changes including postural dysfunction, pelvic girdle dysfunction, diastasis recti abdominis, and foot size changes, if left unaddressed, can lead to persisting muscle imbalances and musculoskeletal dysfunction. For example, headaches can be mechanical in nature, resulting from retained postural habits gained in late pregnancy. Breathing patterns are altered from trunk, rib, and respiratory diaphragm alterations, and unless these patterns are identified and re-trained, breathing patterns remain suboptimal. Length and activation changes in the abdomen caused by a separation of the rectus abdominis are believed to alter trunk and pelvic muscle stability, potentially setting up a woman for lumbopelvic dysfunction in the postpartum period.

Research tells us that pelvic girdle pain (PGP) in pregnancy may be as high as 50% (Gutke, Ostgaard, & Oberg, 2006), and that 1 in 4 women who develop PGP in pregnancy develop chronic postpartum pain (Ostgaard, Anderson, & Karlson, 1991). Care of the Postpartum Patient emphasizes the evaluation and intervention strategies needed to alleviate lumopelvic pain so that more patients may have the opportunity to avoid chronic postpartum pain. In addition to addressing these common musculoskeletal conditions in this continuing education course, breast health, breastfeeding, scar massage, episiotomies, postpartum fitness, and pelvic floor dysfunctions (incontinence, pelvic pain, bowel dysfunction) are covered.

The postpartum period is also an important time in which the rehabilitation provider must be aware of serious medical issues that may arise. Such medical issues can include gestational hypothyroidism, development of diabetes mellitus following gestational diabetes, postpartum hemorrhage, and postpartum psychosis. Medical screening for these and other conditions are discussed in this second of the Peripartum Series of continuing education courses.



This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.

Prerequisites: None


Are you interested in expanding your practice to treat prenatal patients? Herman & Wallace has put together a Pregnancy and Your Pelvic Floor marketing presentation to help you underscore the importance of prenatal physical therapy.


Gutke, A., Ostgaard, H. C., & Oberg, B. (2006) Pelvic girdle pain and lumbar pain in pregnancy: a cohort study of the consequences in terms of health and functioning. Spine, 31(5), E149-E155.
Ostgaard, H. C., Anderson, G. B. J., & Karlson, K. (1991). Prevalence of back pain in pregnancy: A review. Spine, 16(5), 549-552.

Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Course goals, introductions, pre-test
8:30 Postpartum period
9:15 Labor and Delivery Issues
10:00 BREAK
10:15 Spine and Trunk Common Complaints Lecture
11:00 Spine and Trunk Common Complaints Lab
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 Pelvic Girdle Common Complaints Lecture
1:45 Pelvic Girdle Common Complaints Lab
2:45 BREAK
3:00 Abdomen and Pelvic Floor Lecture
3:45 Abdomen and Pelvic Floor Lab
4:45 BREAK
5:00 Case Study
5:30 Questions, Post-test
6:00 Adjourn

Day Two:
8:00 Questions, pre-test
8:30 Upper Quarter Common Complaints
9:15 Upper Quarter Common Complaints Lab
10:15 Break
10:30 Lower Quarter Common Complaints
11:15 Lower Quarter Common Complaints Lab
12:15 LUNCH
1:00 Postpartum considerations
1:45 Postpartum fitness programs
2:30 BREAK
2:45 Case Studies
3:30 Questions, post-test

 4:00 Adjourn


Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Define common terminology of the labor and delivery and the postpartum period.
2. Describe the physiologic changes in the postpartum period that assist a woman's body in returning to pre-pregnancy state.
3. List the endocrine system changes, including the risk for thyroid dysfunction, that influence the female patient during the postpartum period.
4. Define the stages of labor, common complications of labor and delivery, and the postpartum red flags.
5. Describe common clinical presentations for perineal trauma and pelvic floor dysfunction.
6. List indications and potential complications of c-section deliveries, as well as principles of c-section recovery.
7. List 2 common conditions and recommended treatment for the spine and trunk, abdomen, pelvic floor, pelvic girdle, upper and lower extremities during the postpartum period.
8. Instruct the postpartum patient in safe return to fitness activities.
9. Describe the challenges that new mothers face and instruct in practical strategies for body mechanics, sleep hygiene, and time management for postpartum recovery.
10. Complete medical screening for conditions in postpartum that require referral.

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Course Location

UCLA Rehabilitation Services

1000 Veteran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Recommended Lodging

UCLA Tiverton House

900 Tiverton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Nearest Airport

Los Angeles International Airport
Airport Code: LAX

1 World Way
Los Angeles, CA 90045


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: (click here if no map appears below)

Jenni Gabelsberg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC

Jenni Gabelsberg  DPT, MSc, MTC

Dr. Jenni Gabelsberg, DPT, MSc, MTC is a women's health physical therapist specializing in urinary incontinence and pelvic pain since 1994. She strives to empower patients through education and self-awareness to encourage them to take responsibility for their own health. She believes that a physical therapist's education forms the cornerstone of her care. She attended the University of Vermont and earned a Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, in 1994. She went on to earn a Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) awarded by the Institute of Physical Therapy in 1995. Dr. Gabelsberg next earned an Advanced Masters in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in 1999, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2003.

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2019. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist that has never taken a Herman & Wallace course. This discount may be used towards a registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".

JTA Survey Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completed our PRPC JTA survey in the spring of 2012 earned a $50.00 credit to use towards any future course. A therapist who earned this credit may only use it once. If you completed the JTA survey, you should have received an email of having done so. If you are not sure if you earned a JTA survey discount, contact us and we'll check for you.