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Virtual program expires July 30: Perinatal Care for Physical Therapists: Master Class

  • 29-Jul-2021
  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Virtual Program - Zoom


Perinatal Care for Physical Therapists: Master Class

Presented by Dr. Sinéad Dufour PT, PhD

4 Contact Hours, MT category A 

You may watch this at anytime between now and July 30 for credit. This is Part 1 of a 2 part series. You may sign up for one 4 hour course or for both. $20 discount if you register for both courses.

About the course:

Course Description:

The perinatal care period represents an important time when women need support. From trying to conceive, to understanding how to optimize their health and function through pregnancy, to being empowered to birth and recover well….it takes a village! Physical therapists are well-positioned to enact a key role to support and care for women through this time to improve health outcomes. To do this, a systems biology and health promotion care approach is needed.

This short course is designed to better prepare PTs for working with this population, including all outpatient therapists, even those not specialized in pelvic health but who see patients in this population. Dr. Dufour will provide an overview of evidence informed care considerations for pre-natal and post-natal contexts. Specifically, the following topics will be covered in depth:

  1. Physical therapists’ role in fertility – no this is not just for pelvic health PTs!
  2. Translating best practicing guidelines to optimize birth and pelvic health outcomes.
  3. Diastasis rectus abdominis – often frustrating but actually rather straight forward.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Discuss relevant literature related to fertility, pre-natal health promotion and post-partum recovery with an emphasis on diastasis rectus abdominis.
  • Justify rational for appropriate and evolved care in the antepartum stage to enhance health outcomes post-partum.
  • Apply current evidence-informed care principles to best leverage a physical therapists scope of practice through the perinatal care period.

About the Speaker

Dr. Sinéad Dufour is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She teaches and conducts research in both the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Science. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2011), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2013). Her current research interests include: conservative approaches to manage pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health. Sinéad stays current clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) a family of perinatal care centers in Ontario, Canada. Sinéad has been an active member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) sitting of two committees and leading several clinical practice guidelines. Her passion for optimizing perinatal care and associated upstream health promotion for women stemmed from her own experience as a mother of twins. She is an advocate for women’s pelvic health and a regular invited speaker at conferences around the world.

Course Registration, Discounts, and Other Logistics

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Virtual Meeting using Zoom:

This meeting will be held by Zoom. We will send the codes to log on the week of the course.

Cancellation Policy

MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

Cancellations will be accepted in writing via email or mail. A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld.


Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Student Discount:

Student members may take a course for $10! Email mapta@mapta.com with your APTA ID and we'll send you a code. 

Student non-members may take the course for only $15. Email mapta@mapta.com, tell us which school you are enrolled in, and we'll send you a code.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, MAPTA sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

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