Intrapartum Topics of
Obstetric Physical Therapy
Intrapartum Topics of
Obstetric Physical Therapy
Formerly called Considerations for Intrapartum Preparation & Support
This 2.5 day, 23-hour course provides the physical therapist with an in-depth understanding of how specific PT interventions during the antepartum and intrapartum periods may affect birth outcomes and postpartum maternal health. Practical, evidence-based knowledge and advanced skills in providing therapeutic and educational support are included. Didactic instruction includes: maternal pelvis anatomic characteristics and biomechanical considerations for childbirth, orthopedic diagnosis considerations, causes and management of dysfunctional labor, psychosocial considerations in childbirth, labor and vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery, and early postpartum interventions. Labs offer skills that are immediately applicable and include: preparation for childbirth, positions for promoting efficient labor, hands-on interventions for dysfunctional labor and labor with orthopedic considerations, physical and mental coping including hands-on techniques. All participants will participate in comprehensive standardized patient lab scenarios to demonstrate skills integration competency. Upon completion of this course, participants will have expanded therapeutic and educational strategies to support the pregnant client in optimizing labor, delivery, and acute postpartum recovery.
Day 1: 8:00am – 6:00pm *Registration begins at 7:30 AM
Day 2: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Day 3: 8:00am – 2:30pm
Contact Hours: 23.0
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.
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 the Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (OBF) course is highly recommended
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).
We are finalizing more dates & locations. We will post them as they become available!
|Dates||Location||Early-Bird Rate Ends:||Regular Rate Begins:||Registration Link|
|May 29-31, 2020||Waukesha, WI||April 28, 2020|
|April 29, 2020|
|June 26-28, 2020||Longmont, CO||May 25, 2020|
|May 26, 2020|
|August 7-9, 2020||Chicago, IL||July 13, 2020|
|July 14, 2020|
|November 6-8, 2020||Philadelphia, PA||October 5, 2020|
|October 6, 2020|
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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What you will accomplish during this course.
Affective domain: as demonstrated through simulation activities
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.
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.