Fundamental Topics of

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Physical Therapy

This 3-day course provides practical, evidence-based knowledge and skill in physical therapy evaluation and intervention with the pregnant and postpartum patient. Didactic 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. Lab ratios of participants to lab instructors are set to ensure valuable attention to each participant. 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. At the end of this course, all participants will participate in comprehensive situational lab scenarios to pull together all skills learned. Skills integration testing is performed at the end of the third day. If you are completing the CAPP-OB certificate track, you may take the three OB courses in ANY order. Learn more about the CAPP-OB certificate program.

Day 1: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm *Registration begins at 7:30am*
Day 2: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Day 3: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
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.



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
March 13-15, 2020Waukesha, WIFeb 12, 2020
Member: $700
Non-M: $800
Feb 13, 2020
Member: $775
Non-M: $875
May 15-17, 2020Allentown, PAMarch 23, 2020
Member: $700
Non-M: $800
March 24, 2020
Member: $775
Non-M: $875
July 10-12, 2020 Houston, TXJune 9, 2020
Member: $700
Non-M: $800
June 10, 2020
Member: $775
Non-M: $875
August 21-23Seoul, South KoreaInternationalInternationalInternational
October 23-25, 2020St. Paul, MNSept 22, 2020
Member: $700
Non-M: $800
Sept 23, 2020
Member: $775
Non-M: $875
November 1-3, 2020Tokyo, JapanInternationalInternationalCourse has been rescheduled from May 4-6 to November 1-3, 2020 due to COVID-19 impact.

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 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.

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.