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Pregnant and Postpartum Rehabilitation Special Topics - Remote Course - March 5-6, 2022

Pacific Time Day1 8:45am-2:30pm & Day 2 9:00am-2:30pm

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Price: $425
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.



Completion of the following courses, or courses with similar content: Pregnancy Rehabilitation (in person or remote) and Postpartum Rehabilitation (in person or remote)


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.

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

  • 1. Define dysfunctional labor and describe related birthing complications.
  • 2. Describe fertility and various conditions that can affect a person’s fertility and reproduction.
  • 3. Describe common gynecological surgeries and medical treatment related to reproduction and pregnancy.
  • 4. Define high-risk pregnancy and related diagnoses.
  • 5. Differentiate amongst different birth locations and attendants, and their effects on birthing outcomes.
  • 6. Safely provide examination, evaluation, and intervention for the patient on a high-risk pregnancy activity restriction.
  • 7. Provide differential diagnosis between high-risk pregnancy and musculoskeletal diagnoses.
  • 8. Identify resources for pregnancy and parenting with disabilities.
  • 9. Describe various cultural implications and beliefs related to labor, birth, and postpartum.
  • 10. Safely provide examination, evaluation, and intervention for acutely postpartum patients.
  • 11. Describe the effects of a patient’s prior abuse experience on pregnancy, birth, and parenting.
  • 12. Safely prescribe or modify an exercise routine for a pregnant patient.
  • 13. Identify contraindications and precautions for beginning or continuing an exercise routine during pregnancy.

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

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 1Managing the Patient through High Risk Pregnancy
10:30 1.02 LAB Examination and Treatment During High Risk Pregnancy
11:15 BREAK
11:45  Breakout Cases – High Risk Pregnancy Differential Diagnosis
12:45 Cultural Implications and Beliefs in Labor, Birth, and Postpartum
1:30 Breakout Groups – Cultural and Beliefs Impact Activity
2:00 Recap of Key Concepts and Q&A
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 2Fertility and Reproductive Topics
10:15 LAB Introduction to Abdominal Myofascial Techniques
10:45 Acute Postpartum Therapy Strategies
11:30 BREAK
12:00 LAB Acute Postpartum Treatment Techniques
12:30 Exercise & Fitness During Pregnancy
1:30 2BREAK OUT CASES – Exercise During Pregnancy
2:00 Recap of Key Concepts and Q&A
2:30 Adjourn

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).

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 Student2022. (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).

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.