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!
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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.