Advanced Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (OBA)

24 Total Contact Hours | Continuing Education

Course Description

The Advanced Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (OBA) course is composed of two parts: PART I Lecture (webinar) and PART II Lab (in-person) that together offer 24 contact hours.

PART I (webinar lecture) provides the physical therapy professional with practical, evidence-based knowledge and skill in physical therapy evaluation and intervention with advanced topics in pregnancy and postpartum. Didactic instruction includes: high risk pregnancy medical diagnoses and interventions; special populations and disability in pregnancy; traumatic injuries during pregnancy; maternal birth injuries; considerations; the pregnant athlete; exercise class design; and psychosocial issues in pregnancy and postpartum. Additionally, advanced clinical decision making with these populations is discussed. You must register for and complete Part I Lecture first as it is a prerequisite to Part II lab. Contact hours: 16.0

PART II (in-person lab) offers skills that are immediately applicable in your clinic and include: refinement of the lumbopelvic examination and special tests; modification of the examination and physical therapy interventions in high risk pregnancy; examination and intervention of thoracic spine, rib cage and external coccyx pain/dysfunction; and various kinesiology taping techniques in pregnancy and postpartum. At the end of the course, all participants will participate in comprehensive situational lab scenarios to apply all skills learned. Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs as both clinicians and patients. Contact hours: 8.0

Requirements: You must be a Licensed Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant or a 2nd Year or 3rd Year Student Physical Therapist. It is recommended that students have some orthopedic/musculoskeletal coursework in their curriculum prior to attending the course. Those who want to complete the PART II Lab must take the associated PART I Lecture prior to attending the lab.

Associated Certification: This 2-part course is part of the Certificate of Achievement in Obstetric Health Physical Therapy certification program.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of both PARTS I & II, the learner will:

Examination / Evaluation

  1. Describe the anatomic and physiologic components of high risk pregnancy medical diagnoses.
  2. Perform an appropriate examination of a patient in a high risk pregnancy and pregnant patient with traumatic injuries.
  3. Perform an examination of the patient with thoracic, rib cage, or coccyx pain or dysfunction during the peripartum period.
  4. Describe common and infrequent maternal birth injuries, their impact on neuromuscular function and rehabilitation techniques.

Diagnosis / Prognosis

  1. Differentiate between musculoskeletal and medical diagnoses based on the subjective and objective evaluation of the patient in high risk pregnancy or acute postpartum.
  2. Develop functional goals for musculoskeletal impairments during high risk pregnancy based on a systematic interview and examination of the patient.
  3. Describe considerations and resources for the peripartum patient with disability, or with neurologic, cardiac,endocrine, arthritic, rheumatic or other systemic medical diagnoses.
  4. Describe considerations for pregnancy and postpartum in the female athlete, such as training concerns, biophysical concerns, and different levels of athletes participating in different sports.
  5. Describe the impact of psychosocial factors on the pregnant or postpartum patient, such as high risk pregnancy, perinatal loss, postpartum depression, or intimate partner violence.


  1. Develop an appropriate plan of care for physical therapy intervention for patients with a high risk pregnancy or traumatic injury during pregnancy.
  2. Perform selected manual therapy interventions for the treatment of pregnant and postpartum patient with thoracic spine, rib cage, or coccyx pain or dysfunction.
  3. Develop a basic postpartum Mom-and-baby exercise class that incorporates rehabilitation for pelvic floor and abdominals, general resistance training, and aerobics.
  4. Select and perform kinesiology and rigid taping techniques to address pain and dysfunction related to the coccyx, rib cage, diaphragm, posture, and abdominal soft tissue.

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In-Person Course (Lab & Lecture)