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2019 Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy - Boulder, CO
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12/6/2019 to 12/8/2019
When: December 6-8, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: Boulder Community Health
Leo Mill Conference Room (1st Floor)
4747 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, Colorado  80303
United States
Contact: SoWH Office

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Course Description

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 contain an average ratio of 8:1 participants to lab instructors to ensure valuable attention to each participant. 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.

Course Hours:

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


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:


1)Describe the anatomic and physiologic components of high risk pregnancy medical diagnoses.

2)Perform an appropriate evaluation of a patient in a high risk pregnancy, pregnant patient with traumatic injuries, and the acute postpartum patient.

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 and their impact on neuromuscular function and rehabilitation.


5)Differentiate between musculoskeletal and medical diagnoses based on the subjective and objective evaluation of the patient in high risk pregnancy or acute postpartum.

6)Develop functional goals for musculoskeletal impairments during high risk pregnancy or acute postpartum based on a systematic interview and examination of the patient.

7)Describe considerations and resources for the peripartum patient with disability, or with neurologic, cardiac,endocrine, arthritic, rheumatic or other systemic medical diagnoses.

8)Describe considerations for pregnancy and postpartum in the female athlete, and how athletic status affects rehabilitation and training.

9)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.


10)Develop an appropriate plan of care for physical therapy intervention for patients in high risk pregnancy, with trauma during pregnancy, and acute postpartum patients.

11)Perform selected manual therapy interventions for the treatment of pregnant and postpartum patient with thoracic spine, rib cage, or coccyx pain or dysfunction.

12)Develop a basic postpartum Mom-and-baby exercise class that incorporates rehabilitation for pelvic floor and abdominals, general resistance training, and aerobics.

13)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.




  • Required pre-reading is to be completed prior to the course. Links to reading material are listed under "Required Reading" on the left hand menu-panel.


OPEN TO: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants.  *Of note, the OB-Advanced course is NOT open to Student PTs.

PREPARE FOR COURSE: Required pre-reading is to be completed prior to the course. All pre-reading links are available in the course confirmation e-mail after registration.

ATTENDANCE: You will need to initial and submit this electronic Attendance Agreement form prior to your arrival at the course. Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of CEU certificate hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process will occur for participants who leave the course early.

LAB PARTICIPATION: 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.