Childbirth Related Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation: Postpartum Updates
Section: Section on Women's Health
Session Code: WH-2B-8272
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 143ABC

Speaker(s):   Susan Clinton, PT, DScPT, OCS, WCS, FAAOMPT
  Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  Jessica McKinney, PT MS CMPT
  Carolyn Swenson, MD

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 early and long-term postpartum considerations with respect to tissue healing principles, recovery from an uncomplicated pregnancy and childbirth, recovery from specific childbirth injuries, and lifetime incidence of pelvic floor disorders. The speakers present postpartum rehabilitation strategies including pelvic floor rehabilitation guidelines as well as comprehensive rehabilitation strategies, addressing toileting and bowel programs, sexual health, activities of daily living, and return to exercise. The speakers facilitate collaboration and dialogue that leads to additional innovation in clinical care and research for all providers involved and interested in the intersection of maternal health, urogynecology, and conservative care.This session draws upon literature from various fields as well as the clinical and research experience of providers in the field to provide participants with highlights to consider in their own practice.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Explain the risk factors for pelvic floor disorders that are associated with the postpartum time period.

2. Describe what is known regarding types, prevalence, and impact of pelvic-related childbirth injuries, including lifetime incidence of pelvic floor disorders and surgery.

3. Identify specific interventions with respect to pelvic floor muscle-specific rehabilitation, as well as comprehensive rehabilitation including toileting, sexual health, and functional activities.

4. Discuss the parameters of return to exercise and sport in the postpartum era.

CEU: 0.2

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