Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy

2-Part Hybrid Course

Part 1Β  | Live Webinar

This didactic webinar 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.

Part 2 | Face-to-Face Lab

Labs offer 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.Β Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs. All participants will participate in labs as both β€œclinician” and β€œpatient.” 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 the lab course day (forms will be available on-site).Β 

Formats & Contact Hours

  • 2-Part Hybrid Format (Part 1 is Webinar, Part 2 is Face-to-Face Lab; each part is sold separately so that you can mix and match your webinars and labs)
  • Contact Hours: 24 Contact Hours

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.

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.Β  A printed lab manual will be provided on-site.

Prerequisites and 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. Fundamental Topics is NOT a prerequisite for Advanced Topics, you can take either one in any order. You are required to take the Part 1 (Webinar course) BEFORE proceeding to Part 2 (Lab course). If you are completing the CAPP-OB certificate track, you must take ALL OBF, OBA, OBI webinars and labs in order to become eligible for the CAPP-OB. Learn more about the CAPP-OB certificate program.

Mix and Match

Introducing the NEW Hybrid Format

You must complete BOTH Part 1 and Part 2 in order to complete the full OBF requirement for CAPP-OB.

OBF Part 1
2-Day Live Webinar

If you are taking an OBF Split Part 1 Lecture course, you must pair it with an OBF Split Part 2 Lab course to fulfill the OBF course requirement. In this online webinar format, you will be able to participate in group activities, course lectures and discussions. You will need a computer/laptop, wi-fi, microphone and webcam to participate. There will be live webinar activities. Upcoming 2-day lecture webinars will be scheduled for this summer 2020 on Saturday-Sunday weekends.

Contact Hours: 16
Schedule: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Central Standard Time *Saturday-Sunday
Break Times: 15-min AM break, 1-hour lunch break, 15-min PM break


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Academy Member: $528
Non-Member: $592
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OBF Part 2
1-Day In-Person Lab

If you are taking an OBF Split Part 2 Lab course, you must pair it with one OBF Split Part 1 Lecture course to fulfill the OBF course requirement. Dates for the se lab courses will be finalized this summer 2020. Labs will be conducted in-person where you will be paired with another attendees to complete lab activities and skills checks. The Academy plans to host an in-person 1-day OBF lab during the same weekend as a 1-day OBA and 1-day OBI lab. If your goal is to achieve the CAPP-OB, you can knock out all of your labs in one weekend! We intend to schedule these labs on the same weekends/locationsΒ as the OBA and OBI labs to give you an opportunity to complete all OB labs during the same weekend (optional; you can either take this lab alone however if you enroll for the OBA and OBI webinars, you have the option to register for the OBA and OBI labs which will be hosted during the same weekend in the same location.

Contact Hours: 8
Schedule: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm *times may change
Break Times: 15-min AM break, 1-hour lunch break


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Academy Member: $264
Non-Member: $296


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Academy Member: $264
Non-Member: $296


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Academy Member: $264
Non-Member: $296
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Learning Center

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Course Objectives

What you will accomplish during this course.


  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


  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.

Are you a Foreign-Educated Physical Therapist?
English Language Proficiency Requirement

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 β€œpass” a written case reflection.