The Physical Therapist in Labor and Delivery: Advanced Techniques in Labor Support
October 24-26, 2014 (Fri-Sun)
Location: Austin, TX
Course Instructor: Susan Steffes, PT, CD(DONA)
This 3 day, 22-hour course provides the physical therapist with practical, evidence-based knowledge and advanced skills in providing labor support. Didactic instruction includes: stages of normal labor and delivery, anatomic characteristics and considerations for childbirth, effects of intrinsic and extrinsic factors on labor, causes and management of dysfunctional labor, psychosocial considerations in childbirth, labor coping techniques and pain management, special/difficult circumstances, early postpartum support, ethical boundaries, documentation/reimbursement/marketing. Instructor to participant ratio for labs will be 1:8 with a maximum of 32 participants to ensure valuable attention to each participant. Labs offer skills that are immediately applicable and include: labor and delivery positions for normal labor, positioning for dysfunctional labor and labor with orthopedic considerations, physical coping with a variety of hands on techniques, and various mental coping techniques. At the end of this course, all participants will participate in comprehensive standardized patient lab scenarios utilizing all skills learned. Skills integration testing is performed at the end of the third day. Upon completion of this course, participants will have the skills and resources to expand their practice to include provision of labor support.
Day 1: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Day 2: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Day 3: 8:00am – 5:00pm
· No prerequisite course required. Fundamentals in Pregnancy and Postpartum (CAPP-OBF) course is recommended prior to attendance, but not required.
· Required pre-reading is to be completed prior to the course:
o (These are freely available and downloadable pdfs on evidence based maternity care)
· Recommended pre-reading: The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
· Recommended resource text: The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin
Open To: This course is open to licensed Physical Therapists and PTAs.
Lab Participation: 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.
Attendance Requirements: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of CEU certificate hours will occur for participants leaving the course early.
SoWH Members: $620 (Join SoWH!) Non-member: $720