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

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 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). 

Pricing & Registration

We are finalizing more dates & locations. We will post them as they become available!


DatesLocationEarly-Bird Rate Ends:Regular Rate Begins:Registration Link
May 29-31, 2020Waukesha, WIApril 28, 2020
Member: $675
Non-M: $775
April 29, 2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
June 26-28, 2020Longmont, COMay 25, 2020
Member: $675
Non-M: $775
May 26, 2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
August 7-9, 2020Chicago, ILJuly 13, 2020
Member: $675
Non-M: $775
July 14, 2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
Coming Soon
November 6-8, 2020Philadelphia, PAOctober 5, 2020
Member: $675
Non-M: $775
October 6, 2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
Coming Soon

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.

Cognitive Domain

  • Learners will value their unique qualifications and position to provide therapeutically focused education to the antepartum client in support of the intrapartum period
  • Learners will examine numerous variables involved in providing education for therapeutic support of the antepartum and intrapartum client
  • Learners will select and support appropriate methods of providing therapeutic support for the antepartum and intrapartum client

Psychomotor Domain

  • Learners will demonstrate appropriate integrated biomechanical and psychosocial strategies for therapeutic and educational support of the antepartum and intrapartum client
  • Learners will adapt strategies in response to numerous variables when providing therapeutic and educational support of the antepartum and intrapartum client, as demonstrated through simulation
  • Learners will create a basic educational marketing resource aimed at promoting the physical therapist’s role providing therapeutic and educational support of the antepartum and intrapartum client

Affective domain: as demonstrated through simulation activities

  1. Participants will display cultural competence toward all those in attendance during simulation of therapeutic and educational support of the antepartum and intrapartum client
  2. Participants will favor the client’s autonomy during therapeutic and educational support of the antepartum and intrapartum client
  3. Participants will weigh the client’s right to a safe and healthy birth as defined by the 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.