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Pregnancy Rehabilitation - Corvallis, OR - May 2-3, 2020 (Rescheduled)

Update 4/14/2020: As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, this course has been postponed. Once we have a new date confirmed, we will update our website and make the event available for registration. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. Please practice good hygiene, and be safe!

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Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15

Knowing how to safely examine and treat the patient who is pregnant is the goal of this 2-day beginner-level course. For the orthopedic-based practitioner, this course will solidify safe practice with pregnant clientele. For the non-orthopedic practitioner, this course will provide a foundation for working with the client experiencing common pregnancy-related conditions. The course will open with brief case scenarios that highlight the difference between examination/evaluation in the pregnant vs. non-pregnant population. Review will be provided of pregnancy-related terminology: fertilization, trimesters, medical testing/interventions, imaging, and medications. The participant who completes this course will be able to differentiate between false labor and progressive labor and describe fetal positions and stages of labor and birth. 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.

Examination considerations and modifications specific to pregnancy will be provided, as well as specific questions to ask during history taking and strategies for identifying red flags in pregnancy. Safe positions during the examination/treatment, common posture/gait/balance changes during pregnancy, and common biomechanics and sleep positioning training are described. The participant will learn what modalities and manual therapy techniques are safe or precautioned during pregnancy. Examination, evaluation, and treatment of common pregnancy complaints will be reviewed during lecture and lab for the lumbar, pelvic, and hip region. An introduction in lecture and lab to diastasis rectus abdominis, pelvic floor dysfunction, breathing, and deep core assessment/treatment will be provided (covered in more detail during the postpartum course). All pelvic floor techniques will be instructed externally (no internal examination/treatment at this course).

To prepare the pregnant client for labor and birth, this course will offer instruction on perineal stretching, hip and trunk flexibility activities, TENS for labor, partner massage, and stress reduction techniques during labor. Doula and labor support and childbirth class options will be described. Practice during lab of positional consideration with sEMG biofeedback will help the participant guide patients in labor and birthing positions, including consideration for positional strategies for women with pre-existing musculoskeletal problems.

An introduction to high risk pregnancy and activity restriction levels (such as “bed rest”) is provided. On the other hand, instructing patients in fitness and exercise during pregnancy is also discussed in relation to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines, with ideas for specific types of exercise modification during pregnancy. The course concludes with discussion of marketing and billing needs for providing care for the pregnant population.



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.

Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Introduction, goals, and objectives
8:15 Overview of the Pregnant Client
9:15 Hormonal and System Changes During Pregnancy
10:30 Break 
10:45 General Examination Considerations and Modifications for the Pregnant Client
11:30 General Treatment Considerations and Modifications for the Pregnant Client
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Examination and Evaluation for Lumbar and Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy
2:15 LAB: Examination and Special Testing for Lumbar and Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy
3:15 Break
3:30 Introduction to Core Concepts, Diastasis Rectus Abdominis, and Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
4:30 LAB: Introduction to the Core, Diastasis Rectus Abdominis, Breathing, and Deep Core Assessment and Treatment
5:30 Day 1 Post Test and Wrap Up
6:00 Adjourn

Day Two:
8:00 Treatment Strategies and Techniques for Spine and Pelvic Girdle During Pregnancy
9:00 LAB:Treatment Techniques for Lumbar Spine and Pelvic Girdle
10:00 Break 
10:15 Preparing for Labor and Birth
11:15 LAB: Birthing Position Strategies for Women with Musculoskeletal Problems
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Introduction to High Risk Pregnancy
2:00 Fitness and Exercise During Pregnancy
3:00 Marketing and Billing
3:30 Day 2 Post Test and Wrap Up
4:00 Adjourn

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Understand common definitions and medical testing used in obstetrics.
2. Avoid all contraindications for evaluation and treatment of the pregnant patient.
3. List 3 major hormones and how each affects the musculoskeletal system during pregnancy.
4. Describe the pregnancy-related physiologic changes in the cardiorespiratory, integumentary, gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, immune and musculoskeletal systems during pregnancy.
5. List 2 common conditions that occur in pregnancy for the spine and trunk, abdomen, pelvic floor, pelvic girdle, upper and lower extremities.
6. Instruct in safe exercises and activities for the low-risk and high-risk patient.
7. Educate the patient in methods to prepare physically for birth.
8. Complete medical screening for referral for the pregnant patient.
9. Apply and utilize surface EMG with external sensors for pelvic floor muscles.
10. Market a program of physical therapy care for the pregnant patient.

 NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Albany Sport & Spine Physical Therapy

617 NW Hickory St #160
Albany, OR 97321
Recommended Lodging

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albany
(541) 928-8820

105 Opal Court Ne
Albany, OR 97322
Nearest Airport

Eugene Airport
Airport Code: EUG

28801 Douglas Dr
Eugene, OR 97402


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

Rachel Kilgore, DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPC

Rachel Kilgore, DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPCC

Rachel Kilgore, DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPC, graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in exercise science and a minor in nutrition in 2004 where she also captained the collegiate soccer team. Rachel completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at University of Washington in 2007. She has worked in out patient orthopedics and pelvic health since 2007. She furthered her physical therapy training earning Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), Physical Therapy Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS), and Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC). She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Section of Orthopedics and Section of Women’s Health, and the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA).

Currently, Rachel practices in Seattle at Flow Rehab in the Freemont Neighborhood with Holly Tanner and Jake Bartholomy. Her patient care focuses on orthopedics, female athletes, and women’s health conditions for bladder & bowel dysfunctions, pelvic, pain, pregnancy and post-partum issues. Since giving birth to her daughter in 2016, Rachel has held a special place in her heart to treat and encourage new mothers, helping them to achieve their health and fitness goals. She enjoys working with many of the local mother’s fitness groups and neighborhood peripartum practitioners.

In her free time Rachel enjoys cheering on her local Seattle sports teams the Seahawks, the Sounders, and the Husky Football team with her friends and family. She loves living in the Northwest and enjoying all it has to offer outdoors with hiking, running, cycling, and playing soccer.

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".