Intrapartum Topics of Obstetric Physical Therapy (OBI)
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. Instructor to participant ratio for labs will be 1:8 to ensure valuable attention to each participant. 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.
Open to: 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.
Pre-requisites: Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (OBF) course is highly recommended
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 & Consent: Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs. All participants will participate as both “clinician” and “patient.” These labs are appropriate for all participants to fully participate, including pregnant, post-partum and male participants.
Required pre-reading is to be completed prior to the course:
- Manual D2-4
- Recommended resource text: The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin, Preparing for a Gentle
Birth: The Pelvis in Pregnancy by Blandine Calais-Germain;
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.