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Peripartum Advanced Topics - Somerset, NJ - October 24-25, 2020

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

This unique continuing education course addresses topics pertaining to patients during the peripartum period that both the new and the experienced therapist can enjoy. The course begins with a review of labor and delivery, fetal positions and presentations, labor augmentation and induction, and physical therapy in labor. The 2-day course progresses through many areas of "special topics" including conditions that affect fertility such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, thyroidectomies, and a history of cancer. While Caring for Pregnant Patient and Caring for the Postpartum Patient covered many of the common musculoskeletal issues encountered in the peripartum period, this 3rd continuing education course in the Peripartum Series offers more information about connective tissues such as myofascial restrictions and nerve dysfunctions. Gynecologic surgeries and pelvic rehabilitation for the following are included: tubal ligation, vaginal rejuvination, female genital cosmetic surgery, symphysiotomy, and postpartum hysterectomy.

Therapists who are familiar with the evaluation and treatment of women in the peripartum period may find the instruction of caring for special patient populations helpful in clinical practice. Patients who have medical conditions such as spinal cord injury, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus face added challenges during pregnancy and postpartum; this continuing education course looks to the research to guide participants' critical thinking towards clinical practice. Components of cultural competence are instructed that include cultural awareness and sensitivity, competent communication between those of differing cultural backgrounds, and cultural beliefs in pregnancy and childbearing practices.

In peripartum, a significant number of women are victims of domestic violence, many times committed by an intimate partner. (Daoud et al., 2012) The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that intimate partner violence screening should occur as a core part of women's health care; participants will learn about the negative maternal and fetal health impact of abuse and will learn screening and reporting methods as well. Participants will have the opportunity to share a brief exercise "assignment" that is completed prior to attending the course, with assignments also presented by colleagues. There is timed carved out in the schedule to ask the instructor about any peripartum question such as a patient case-related issue, program development, or general treatment of the peripartum patient.



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.



It is recommended that the participant have experience and at least one course in pregnancy and post-partum issues prior to taking this “special topics” course.



Assignment and directions will be sent prior to attendance

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.

Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Course goals, introductions, pre-test
8:30 Postpartum endocrine special topics
10:00 Break
10:15 PT in Labor and Delivery
11:15 Nerve dysfunction LAB
12:15 LUNCH
1:15 PT for Gyn surgeries
2:15 Postpartum connective tissue mobilization LAB
3:15 BREAK
3:30 Exercise task assignment
4:15 BREAK
4:30 Exercise task assignment continued<br5:30 Questions, post-test<br6:00 Adjourn

Day Two:
8:00 Questions, pre-test
8:30 Marketing, billing
9:15 Issues of abuse in peripartum
10:15 Break
10:30 Specific diseases, disabilities in peripartum
11:45 LUNCH
12:30 Cultural sensitivity
1:30 Case Studies
2:15 BREAK
2:30 "Ask the Expert"
3:30 Questions, post-test
4:00 Adjourn

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe common medical conditions and recommended endocrine function medical tests during the postpartum period.
2. Define the role of physical therapy during labor and delivery.
3. Evaluate, palpate, and treat various nerve dysfunctions in the pelvis related to peripartum issues.
4. List 3 gynecologic surgeries and specific rehabilitation concepts for each.
5. Instruct in safe and effective pregnancy and postpartum exercise techniques using demonstration.
6. Recognize signs of abuse during pregnancy and postpartum and identify the proper means of reporting.
7. Apply connective tissue mobilization techniques to the abdomen and pelvis.
8. Explain common diseases and disabilities that affect a woman and list typical modifications required to support the female patient during pregnancy and postpartum.
9. Identify issues that may arise due to cultural sensitivity and be able to modify approach to therapy as needed to fit a woman’s belief system.

 NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Sports Medicine Institute
Saint Peter's HealthCare System

562 Easton Ave
Somerset NJ 08873
Recommended Lodging

Homewood Suites by Hilton
(732) 868-9155

101 Pierce St
Somerset, NJ 08873
Nearest Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport
Airport Code: EWR

3 Brewster Rd
Newark, NJ 07114


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

Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

Darla graduated from Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA) with her physical therapy degree, performed residency training in Women’s Health PT at Duke University, and is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Her dissertation research focus is on using non-invasive brain stimulation to augment behavioral interventions for women with lifelong vaginismus.

Darla’s certifications and training include: Women’s Health Certified Specialist (WCS, board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties). Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic). Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).

Darla began her women’s health physical therapy career in her first job while working with pregnant women with musculoskeletal problems in a private outpatient therapy clinic in Shreveport, LA (with a focus on spine rehab). While there, she developed and hosted an exercise class for pregnant women. She would go on to develop a mom and baby postpartum exercise class while in her Duke residency in Durham, NC. She went on to develop the pelvic, pregnancy, and post-breast cancer/lymphedema PT program at Christus-Schumpert Health system in Shreveport, LA. During this time, she participated in educating women in the labor and birth preparatory classes hosted by the hospital; she also taught the women’s health course for physical therapy students at LSU-Shreveport. Darla went on to serve as a full-time faculty member in the physical therapy program at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, where she taught women’s health topics, documentation, therapeutic exercise, professional development, and human physiology. She now owns a private PT practice that is dedicated to pelvic (bowel, bladder, and pelvic pain) and pregnancy/postpartum conditions in Conway, AR.

Darla has several peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed scientific publications. Amongst some of these, she co-authored “Clinical Summary: Urinary Incontinence” for PTNow.org in April 2015. She authored the chapter titled “The Female Hip and Pelvis” in Orthopedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis (S Cheatham, M Kolber, Elsevier, 2015). She chaired the committee for and participated heavily in the development of the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum (CAPP-OB) course series for the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. Darla has spoken and instructed many courses in local, national, and international settings on a variety of pelvic, pregnancy/postpartum, and other women’s health physical therapy topics. Darla has served as the Director of Education (2011-2014) and as Vice President (2015-2016) for the Section on Women’s Health, American Physical Therapy Association. She also served a technical expert panel member on Treatments for Fecal Incontinence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2014-2015. She also volunteered as a Women’s Health Certified Specialist Exam Standardization Task Force member in May 2013. Darla received several awards from the Section on Women’s Health: CAPP-OB Instructor of the Year (2017); Course Site Hostess of the Year (2018); and Volunteer of the Year (2015). She also received Clinical Instructor of the Year while serving as a clinical instructor a pelvic health physical therapy student from Elon University in 2011.

On a personal note, Darla has twin boys who were born in 2008. She is a life-long runner and exerciser who loves dark chocolate, craft beer, and her Basset hound (George) and Basset-Dachshund mix (Peanut).

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 2020Student. (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.)

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".