Journal Club Webinar

Facilitating Fertility through Pelvic Health

Pelvic health physical therapy to support fertility? You bet! Fertility challenges are on the rise and pelvic health physical therapists are well positioned to help! Join us as Dr. Sinéad Dufour reviews the what, why and how related to physical therapists facilitating fertility through the optimization of pelvic health.

In this talk Dr. Sinéad Dufour will review how together with a collaborative team approach, physical therapists are key primary care providers to support conscious conception. Specifically, she will discuss aspects of the pelvic health that are highly relevant when it comes to fertility promotion including but not limited to pelvic floor status, general tissue health and specific pelvic tissue restrictions including organ position, status of gut and associated immune system, status of the autonomic nervous system and more globally the degree of resilience in the stress-response system. You will appreciate a re-conceptualization topics such as pelvic pain, constipation and lifestyle interventions through the lens of conscious conceptions and “whole” care. At the end of this talk, registrants will have a better understanding of the what, why and how when it comes to supporting people with fertility challenges.


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Moderator: Lauren Trosch, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.

Recording: This webinar will be RECORDED. Please register to get a copy of the recording emailed to you after it airs.

Geared toward:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Student Physical Therapists


Dr. Sinéad Dufour is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She teaches and conducts research in both the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Science. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2011), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2013). Her current research interests include: conservative approaches to manage pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, and inter-professional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health. Additionally, Sinéad has undergone training in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine and is currently completing a full certificate program with Dr. Aviva Romm. Sinéad stays current clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) a family of perinatal care centers in Ontario, Canada. In addition to managing her own very busy caseload, she mentors novice pelvic health physiotherapists and is a clinical preceptor for family medicine residents and midwifery students from McMaster University. Sinéad in an invited member on several committees for various organizations including the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the International Continence Society. She is also serving as the Guest Editor for the upcoming special issue: Optimizing the Fourth Trimester, for the Women’s Health Physical Therapy Journal. Her passion for optimizing perinatal care and associated upstream health promotion for women and children stemmed from her own experience becoming a mother of twins. She is an advocate for women’s pelvic health and a regular invited speaker at conferences around the world.


The Journal Club is a member-led group sponsored by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT). It is open to PTs, PTAs, SPTs and other medical health professionals who are interested in discussing the latest evidence and research to advance practice.

The free webinars usually take place monthly and last about one hour. The format is typically a moderated discussion with a question and answer segment to allow for real-time engagement and clinical discussion. Registration is required and recordings are sent to registrants who cannot attend live. Archives of past events can be found here.

Disclaimer: The JWHPT promotes scholarly discussion and clinical dissemination of best available evidence; Journal Club presenter’s are responsible for the accuracy of the content. Ideas and opinions expressed may not be those of the Academy of Pelvic Health and JWHPT.