2022 Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (OBF)

24 Total Contact Hours | Continuing Education

Course Description

The Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (OBF) 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 practical, evidence-based knowledge and skill in physical therapy evaluation and intervention with the pregnant and postpartum patient. Instruction includes: anatomical and physiologic changes in pregnancy; differential diagnosis in peri-partum; pregnancy-specific changes in posture and gait; postpartum recovery and scar tissue assessment and intervention; modalities during pregnancy, biomechanical strategies; exercise and wellness in pregnancy and postpartum. Additionally, advanced clinical decision making with these populations is discussed. Contact hours: 16.0

PART II (in-person lab) teaches skills that are immediately applicable in your clinic and include: modifications of the pregnant examination; lumbopelvic examination and special tests (particularly for pelvic girdle dysfunctions); diastasis rectus abdominis assessment and intervention; external pelvic floor assessment and exercise (no internal pelvic floor taught at this course); exercise in pregnancy and postpartum; scar assessment and mobilization techniques. All participants will participate in comprehensive situational lab scenarios to integrate all of their learned skills and will work in groups of 2-3 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 changes related to pregnancy and postpartum and how they affect evaluation and intervention.
  2. Perform an appropriate evaluation of a pregnant or postpartum patient with musculoskeletal dysfunction or pain.
  3. Assess for diastasis rectus abdominis with objective measurement skills

Diagnosis / Prognosis

  1. Differentiate between musculoskeletal and medical diagnoses based on the subjective and objective evaluation of a pregnant or postpartum patient.
  2. Differentiate between low back, pelvic girdle and hip pain/dysfunction.
  3. Develop functional goals for musculoskeletal impairments in pregnancy and postpartum based on a systematic interview and examination of the patient.


  1. Develop an evidence-based plan of care for physical therapy intervention of pregnant or postpartum patients with musculoskeletal impairments or dysfunction.
  2. Perform selected manual therapy interventions for the treatment of pregnant and postpartum patient.
  3. Prescribe an appropriate wellness exercise program for a variety of skill levels for a pregnant or postpartum client.

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