Experience Level: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 14
This two-day remote continuing education course is intended for the practitioner who is already familiar with basic rehabilitation concepts in the pregnant and postpartum population, as provided through the Pregnancy Rehabilitation (in person or remote) and the Postpartum Rehabilitation (in person or remote) courses, and includes lab activities designed to enhance the practitioners’ skills for working with special perinatal populations, in addition to diving deeper into medical and psychosocial topics related to pregnancy and postpartum.
Prior to the remote live portion of the course, participants will be able to view pre-recorded lectures at their own pace on the online platform Teachable. In these videos, the following pregnancy- and postpartum-related topics will be covered: Dysfunctional labor and birth complications, as well as their impact on birthing outcomes and postpartum recovery. Consideration of birth locations (hospital, birthing center, and home) and birthing attendants will be reviewed, and how the rehabilitation professional may play a role in the labor and birth process. An overview of the effects of prior abuse experienced by the patient and how it effects pregnancy, birth, and parenting will be covered. Gynecologic surgeries and medical treatment related to reproductive health will be described, such as tubal ligation, post-birth hysterectomy, and surgical procedures to address fertility issues. High-risk pregnancy will be defined, with many common high-risk pregnancy diagnoses, their red flags, and implications for rehabilitation professionals being discussed. Basic resources and information about pregnancy and parenting with disabilities will also be covered.
During the live interactive portions of this course, we will open with management of the patient in a high-risk pregnancy, including activity restriction levels, considerations for examination and treatment, and effects of bed rest on the pregnant and postpartum patient. Lab activities will review safe performance of examination, treatment, and exercise for the patient on bed rest or activity restriction in pregnancy. Case scenarios will provide practice in performing differential diagnosis for high-risk pregnancy/medical conditions versus musculoskeletal problems. Discussion of cultural implications on labor, birth, and postpartum will provide the rehabilitation practitioner with awareness and further understanding of potential client needs. Fertility and reproductive challenges will be reviewed, with consideration for effects of various conditions, such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome, on fertility and childbirth.
Lab activities will introduce abdominal myofascial techniques related to these conditions. Review of postpartum management in the acute care will be covered, as well as lab activities for helpful treatment techniques early postpartum. The course will conclude with discussion of exercise, fitness, and wellness during pregnancy, including discussion of the pregnant athlete. Resources for developing prenatal exercise plans and courses will be provided, as well as case discussion for working with patients who wish to exercise through pregnancy.
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.
Daoud, N., Urquia, M. L., O'Campo, P., Heaman, M., Janssen, P. A., Smylie, J., & Thiessen, K. (2012). Prevalence of Abuse and Violence Before, During, and After Pregnancy in a National Sample of Canadian Women. American Journal of Public Health (0), 1-9.
Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Course
Dysfunctional Labor and Birthing Complications
Labor & Birth Locations and Attendants
Effects of Abuse on Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
Gynecologic Surgeries and Medical Treatment
High Risk Pregnancy and Complications
Pregnancy & Parenting with Disabilities
All Times in Pacific Time
8:45 Log in to Zoom meeting; audio-visual check and trouble-shooting
8:45 Log in to Zoom meeting; audio-visual check and trouble-shooting
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
Attending a remote course is easy and safe, and you can do it entirely from the security and comfort of your own home or clinic without having to find a lab partner.
Important thing to note:
- Our policy for applying for continuing education credit for remote courses differs from that of our in-person and satellite lab courses. Read the specific language of the policy here. Depending on the state in which you practice, you may need to submit your own application to your state board or approving body should you wish that it be approved for continuing education credit in your state.
- To attend a remote Herman & Wallace course, registrants will need Zoom video conferencing software. This is a requirement. One can create an account and download the software to their computer at https://zoom.us/
- We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our remote course start and end times (this is not the case for in-person and satellite lab locations). Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.
- A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.
- Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses
Dr. Heather Rader the owner of The OB PT Clinic, a practice devoted to the treatment of pregnancy-related pain and dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and complex pelvic pain located in Eustis, FL. A physical therapist since 1994, she graduated from the University of Miami with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2011. She was board certified in the use of Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Disorders in 2006. She was awarded the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification in 2014 and served as a subject matter expert and question writer for the PRPC examination. She is on faculty with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, teaching Pelvic Rehabilitation around the country several times a year, teaching courses in the Pelvic Floor Series and Pregnancy Series.
Her mission as an educator is to assist in the national expansion of qualified pelvic floor therapists and promote awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction to medical professionals and the community at large. She runs a social media site on Facebook called “Team Pelvic Floor”, which posts articles and facts about pelvic floor rehab while promoting a team approach to treating pelvic dysfunction. She is a practice consultant and mentors therapists wishing to incorporate pelvic rehabilitation into their practice.
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.
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.
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.
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 Student2021. (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 who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).
To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2020 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)
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".