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Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy (OBA)

Course Description

obacapsuleThis 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.

Pre-Requisites & Requirements

Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and 2nd year/3rd year Student Physical Therapists.

Pre-requisites: None, however we do recommend you to review anatomy. An anatomy pre-reading will be provided online before the course.

CAPP-OB: If you are seeking to obtain the SoWH Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy, you must complete both Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy and the Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy courses in ANY order. You may take the Advancted Topics course before the Fundamental Topics course.

Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process (for those attending CAPP courses) 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.

Pre-Reading AssignmentsPre-readings are articles and cases that must be read and reviewed prior to Day 1 of the course. Pre-readings will be provided electronically to course participants prior to the course.

English Language Proficiency: If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist/assistant, 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 SoWH 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.


Course Schedule & Contact 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:


Certificate Training Program (Optional)

The Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy is an optional route if you wish to take a bigger step towards your career. Section on Women’s Health (SoWH) has developed the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy & 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 two courses of training in pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy, pass written and clinical testing requirements at each level, and successfully complete a written case report. The courses include Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy and the Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy course. After successful completion of both courses, participants are eligible to submit aCase Reflection, the last step in obtaining the Certificate of Achievement (CAPP-OB) program. To learn more, please visit:



All participants that want to obtain the CAPP-OB Certificate of Achievement after successfully passing the OBF (Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy) and OBA (Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy)  MUST complete and pass the OBA course within the 2018 calendar year in order to be eligible for the CAPP-OB Certificate. In 2019, all new OBF and OBA participants will need to complete all three CAPP-OB series courses: OBF, OBA, OBI (in any order) to obtain the CAPP-OB Certificate of Achievement.

Dates & Locations

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Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP)

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