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Pregnancy Rehabilitation - Remote Course - January 23-24, 2021 9:00am-2:30pm Pacific Time

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Price: $425
Format Online Meeting
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15

This two-day, remote continuing education course covers methods for performing assessment and treatment by both telehealth/online consultation and in-person visits for our pregnant clients. Knowing how to safely examine and treat the patient who is pregnant is the goal of this beginner-to-intermediate course.

Prior to the live, online portion of the course, participants will be able to view pre-recorded lectures at their own pace. In these videos, these pregnancy-related topics will be covered: terminology, fertilization, trimesters, medical testing/interventions, imaging, and medications. Differentiating between false labor, progressive labor, and other musculoskeletal pain will be covered. Understanding typical hormonal and systemic changes during pregnancy will be provided, included pregnancy effects on the endocrine, metabolic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, immune, neurologic/sensory, integumentary, gastrointestinal, urinary/renal, reproductive, and musculoskeletal systems. Additionally, during this self-paced viewing, examination, evaluation, and treatment of common pregnancy-related lumbopelvic conditions will be provided. An introduction to diastasis rectus abdominis, pelvic floor dysfunction, breathing, and deep core assessment/treatment will be provided.

Resource documents will also be provided for preview that will cover history taking with pregnant clients; obstetric red flags and medical screening; and positioning considerations with the pregnant client.

During online live interactive portions of this course, we will open with general examination considerations and modifications specific to pregnancy, including discussion of modalities and manual therapy techniques considered safe or precautioned during pregnancy. Further discussion of pelvic girdle examination, diagnosis, and treatment strategies will be provided, followed by “lab” time with assessment and treatment techniques for the lumbopelvic region. Review of key concepts related to core muscle and diastasis rectus abdominis will lead to “lab” time with assessment and treatment techniques. Progression of stabilization exercises during pregnancy will be practiced. Break out cases will allow time for both small and large group discussion for diagnosis and treatment progression for pregnant clients with lumbopelvic dysfunction or with diastasis rectus abdominis. Finally, to prepare the pregnant client for labor and birth, instruction in perineal stretching, hip and trunk flexibility activities, and TENS for labor will be discussed. “Lab” practice will include labor and birthing positions, with a focus on consideration for positional strategies for women with pre-existing musculoskeletal problems.



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.


Boissonnault, J. S., & Blaschak, M. J. (1988). Incidence of diastasis recti abdominis during the childbearing year. Physical Therapy, 68(7), 1082-1086.
Clapp, J. F. I. (2002). Exercising through your pregnancy. Omaha, Nebraska: Addicus Books, Inc.
Krum, L., & Smith, S. (2005) Educating physical therapists in women's health: recommendations for professional (entry-level) and post-professional curricula. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 19(2), 31-41.
Spitznagle, T., Leong, F., & Van Dillen, L. (2007). Prevalence of diastasis recti abdominis in a urogynecological patient population. International Urogynecology Journal & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, 18(3), 321-328.

Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Course

Overview of the Pregnant Client (60 mins)
Hormonal and System Changes During Pregnancy (75 mins)
Lumbopelvic Examination: Review of Anatomy and Terminology (45 mins)
Core Concepts, DRA, and PFM Overview (60 mins)

Day One:
8:45 Log in to Zoom meeting; audio-visual check and trouble-shooting
9:00 Introductions and Q&A/Review of Pre-Recorded Lectures
9:15 General Examination & Treatment Considerations and Modifications for the Pregnant Client
10:00 Pelvic Girdle Examination and Diagnosis
10:30 Lab: Self-Assessment of Lumbopelvic Region (participants will need a belt, yoga strap, or gait belt)
11:30 Break out case studies
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Review of Key Concepts related to the Core, DRA, and PFM
1:00 Lab: Deep Core and DRA
2:00 Recap of Key Concepts and Q&A; Day 1 Post-Test
2:30 Adjourn

Day Two:
8:45 Log in to Zoom meeting; audio-visual check and trouble-shooting
9:00 Q&A, Review of previous day
9:15 Treatment Strategies and Techniques for Spine and Pelvic Girdle During Pregnancy
9:45 Lab: Treatment Techniques for Lumbar Spine and Pelvic Girdle (ask participants to have certain props available, such as tennis balls, pillow, etc.)
10:45 Lab: Progression of Lumbopelvic Stabilization During Pregnancy
11:15 Break out cases
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Preparing for Labor & Birth
1:00 Lab: Labor & Birth Preparation
2:00 Recap of Key Concepts and Q&A; Day 2 Post-Test
2:30 Adjourn

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. 1. Describe basic terminology related to pregnancy, including fertilization, trimesters, and medical testing/interventions.
2. Perform medical screening for obstetric red flags that may require further referral.
3. Differentiate between progressive labor onset and Braxton-Hicks contractions.
4. Describe pregnancy-related hormonal effects throughout the body systems.
5. Differentiate pelvic girdle pain and pregnancy-related low back pain.
6. Safely perform lumbopelvic examination, diagnosis, and treatment with the pregnant client.
7. Differentiate the terms diastasis rectus abdominis and inter-recti distance.
8. Safely perform diastasis rectus abdominis examination, diagnosis, and treatment with the pregnant client.
9. Instruct a pregnant client through a progression of core muscle training.
10. Instruct a pregnant client in labor & birth preparation techniques, including perineal massage, use of TENS, and positioning to minimize impact on pre-existing musculoskeletal conditions.

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

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).