Advanced Topics of

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Physical Therapy

This 3-day course provides 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.

Labs will offer 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.

Day 1: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Day 2: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Day 3: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Total: 24 Contact Hours

Course Eligibility

Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, 2nd Year and 3rd Year Student Physical Therapists. We recommend students have some orthopedic/musculoskeletal coursework in their curriculum prior to attending the course.

Advancement Requirement

You can take the three obstetric physical therapy courses in ANY order: Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy, Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy and Intrapartum Topics of Obstetric Physical Therapy.


None, however we do recommend you to review anatomy. An anatomy pre-reading will be provided online before the course.

Pre-readings will be provided electronically to course participants for completion prior to the course. An electronic lecture manual will be provided in the online Learning Center along with the post-course final exam, survey and a Course Completion.  A printed lab manual will be provided on-site.

Lab Participation & Consent

Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs. All participants will participate in labs as both “clinician” and “patient.” These labs are appropriate for all participants to fully participate, including pregnant, post-partum and male participants. All participants will be required to complete the Consent & Release form on Day 1 of the course (forms will be available on-site). 

Pricing & Registration

DatesLocationEarly-Bird Rate Ends:Regular Rate Begins:Registration Link
March 6-8, 2020Portland, ORFeb 5, 2020
Member: $700
Non-M: $800
Feb 6, 2020
Member: $775
Non-M: $875
Past Course
April 17-19, 2020Columbus, OHMarch 16, 2020
Member: $700
Non-M: $800
March 17, 2020
Member: $775
Non-M: $875
Cancelled due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) risks. We are rescheduling this course to a later summer/fall/winter 2020 date.
June 12-14, 2020Boca Raton, FLMay 12, 2020
Member: $700
Non-M: $800
May 13, 2020
Member: $775
Non-M: $875
August 28-30, 2020Waukesha, WIJuly 27, 2020
Member: $700
Non-M: $800
July 28, 2020
Member: $775
Non-M: $875
October 9-11, 2020Houston, TXSeptember 8, 2020
Member: $700
Non-M: $800
September 9, 2020
Member: $775
Non-M: $875

Learning Center

Already registered for a course? Head on over to the Learning Center to access your pre-readings, course manual, discussion forums and your post-course final exam.

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Course Objectives

What you will accomplish during this course.


  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.


  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.

Foreign-Educated Physical Therapists

English Language Proficiency

If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to APHPT for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.

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Take One Step Further.

Obtain the CAPP-OB Certificate.

The Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy is an optional route if you wish to take the next level in your career. The Academy of Pelvic health physical Therapy developed the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP-OB) to certify that a physical therapist has completed a comprehensive education, training and testing program for management of pregnant and postpartum patients experiencing musculoskeletal dysfunction and high risk pregnancy. The CAPP is awarded to physical therapists who complete the required courses of training in pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy (OBI, OBF, OBA in any order), pass written and clinical testing requirements at each level and successfully complete and “pass” a written case reflection.