2022-2024 PPSIG Director | Running Unopposed

Rebeca Segraves, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist
Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I am dedicated to enhancing recovery and function throughout the continuum of maternal health. Recovery does not begin 6 weeks after birth. Recovery begins with education throughout pregnancy, maternal-centered support during labor and delivery, and early interventions that optimize postpartum healing. In the United States, the greatest threat to pregnancy and postpartum health is cardiovascular disease. This significant threat to a mother’s health is also a threat to her newborn. We have rehabilitation systems to improve health outcomes in newborns. However, very few hospitals involve rehabilitation as a standard component of maternal care. My goal with the PPSIG is to change this.

When mothers are at the center of care after birth, they are provided with as many tools as possible to recover with less pain, less dysfunction, and less risk for illness. As rehabilitation specialists, we have a pivotal role on the maternal care team to improve functional recovery within the first 24 hours after birth. The PPSIG board has incredible potential to advance current practice to meet the skilled needs of mothers between 0 – 6 weeks postpartum. Advancing practice will require collaboration with existing members of the maternal care team in addition to a shift from watchful waiting to preventative rehabilitation.

Mothers who elect a hospital-based delivery have the right to know how to reduce their discomfort during activity without added stress on their heart, lungs, and other organs. Infant care is an activity of daily living and mothers have the right to learn how to optimize their safety and independence with caring for their newborn. I will proudly serve on the PPSIG board to raise the standard of maternal care and advocate for mothers to receive the same timely and skilled services routinely provided after other elective procedures like total joint replacement. Thank you for your nomination!

Education

  • B.S. in Kinesiology University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2010;
  • DPT Western Carolina University 2015;
  • Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency Duke University 2016.

Certifications

  • Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist, 2017
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist 2015.

Current Practice

  • Developer of an inpatient obstetric rehab training program, Enhanced Recovery After Delivery™
  • Clinical practice at a hospital providing inpatient maternal health and general acute care services;
  • Owner of a mobile PT practice providing pelvic health and oncology services

Industry Involvement & Accomplishments

  • Television interview on the role of physical therapy in cancer recovery.
  • Contributed as a writer to the Physical Therapy Journal on reducing maternal morbidity after cesarean section with acute care therapy.
  • Contributed an article to a women’s hospital blog on physical therapy interventions after cesarean section.

Involvement at APTA Pelvic Health

  • Appointed to the IDEA Committee for the 2021 – 2024 term.

Cast Your Vote

There will be ONE (1) voting poll for PT/PTA members in good standing of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. Per the Academy Bylaw, SPTs are not eligible to vote in PPSIG elections. You must have a valid and active Academy membership by October 1, 2021 ET to vote October 2, 2021-November 1, 2021. Please remember to update/renew your membership if it will expire soon. On October 2, 2021, all eligible voters will receive an email from hello@aptapelvichealth.org and SimplyVoting to cast their votes via the secure 3rd-party platform.

Elections are open between 12:00 PM ET, October 2, 2021 and 12:00 PM ET, November 1, 2021

About the PPSIG

The PPSIG’s purpose is to provide a means by which Academy members having a common interest in the evaluation, treatment, and wellness of pregnant and postpartum women may meet, confer, and promote these interests via discussion forums and outreach through education, clinical practice, and research.

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