Pregnancy and Childbirth-Related Pelvic Health: Pregnancy and Delivery Updates
Section: Section on Women's Health
Session Code: WH-2A-8218
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate
The impact of pregnancy and childbirth with respect to pelvic health and pelvic floor disorders has been long investigated, and there is growing interest from the public and among providers to identify successful strategies for prevention and recovery. This session convenes a multidisciplinary faculty with the purpose of exploring current literature and expert opinion regarding antenatal and intrapartum considerations in preservation of pelvic floor function, prevalence, and types of childbirth injuries and their immediate management. It also covers the current clinical practice guidelines on pelvic girdle pain in the antepartum population. The body of literature related to this is large and growing; however, it does not always connect the dots between the contributing factors of pregnancy, childbirth injuries and healing, pelvic floor-specific rehabilitation, and a more comprehensive rehabilitative approach that brings in all aspects of bowel, bladder, sexual health, as well as functional and recreational mobility. This session draws upon literature from various fields, as well as the clinical and research experience of providers in the field in order to provide participants with highlights to consider for their own practice.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Describe risk factors for pelvic floor disorders that are associated with pregnancy.
2. Identify risk factors for pelvic floor disorders that are associated with childbirth.
3. Implement changes to practice for pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy.
4. Gain insights to the decision-making process for delivery (vaginal and C-section).
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