Intrapartum Topics of Obstetric Physical Therapy (OBI)

24 Total Contact Hours | Continuing Education

Course Description

The Intrapartum Topics of Obstetric  Physical Therapy (OBI) 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 an in-depth understanding of how specific physical therapy interventions during the antepartum and intrapartum periods may affect birth outcomes and postpartum maternal health. Practical, evidence-based knowledge and advanced skills in providing therapeutic and educational support are included. Didactic instruction includes: maternal pelvis anatomic characteristics and biomechanical considerations for childbirth, orthopedic diagnosis considerations, causes and management of dysfunctional labor, psychosocial considerations in childbirth, labor and vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery, and early postpartum interventions. You must register for and complete Part 1 Lecture first as it is a prerequisite to Part 2 lab. Contact hours: 16.0

PART II (in-person lab) offers skills that are immediately applicable and include: preparation for childbirth, positions for promoting efficient labor, hands-on interventions for dysfunctional labor and labor with orthopedic considerations, physical and mental coping including hands-on techniques. All participants will participate in comprehensive standardized patient lab scenarios to demonstrate skills integration competency. Upon completion of this lab course, participants will have expanded therapeutic and educational strategies to support the pregnant client in optimizing labor, delivery, and acute postpartum recovery. 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:

Cognitive Domain

  1. Learners will value their unique qualifications and position to provide therapeutically focused education to the antepartum client in support of the intrapartum period
  2. Learners will examine numerous variables involved in providing education for therapeutic support of the antepartum and intrapartum client
  3. Learners will select and support appropriate methods of providing therapeutic support for the antepartum and intrapartum client

Psychomotor Domain

  1. Learners will demonstrate appropriate integrated biomechanical and psychosocial strategies for therapeutic and educational support of the antepartum and intrapartum client
  2. Learners will adapt strategies in response to numerous variables when providing therapeutic and educational support of the antepartum and intrapartum client, as demonstrated through simulation
  3. Learners will create a basic educational marketing resource aimed at promoting the physical therapist’s role providing therapeutic and educational support of the antepartum and intrapartum client

Affective Domain:
*As demonstrated through simulation activities

  1. Learners will display cultural competence toward all those in attendance during simulation of therapeutic and educational support of the antepartum and intrapartum client
  2. Learners will favor the client’s autonomy during therapeutic and educational support of the antepartum and intrapartum client
  3. Learners will weigh the client’s right to a safe and healthy birth as defined by the client

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HOST-IMPOSED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
The Academy hosts may of its courses at hospitals, outpatient clinics and universities. All host venues, cities and states set their own restrictions and mask mandates. The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy adheres to the host venue regulations and will do its best to communicate with course attendees about such restrictions. If you have registered for an upcoming in-person course, please check your email inbox regularly for the latest restrictions and rules. Some host venues require proof of vaccination and/or negative COVID-19 test while others only require for you to wear a mask. Restrictions and regulations vary by host venue, city and state. If unsure about your upcoming course’s regulations, please contact us at hello@aptapelvichealth.org.

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