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Start an OB Rehab Program in the Hospital after Birth

Start an OB Rehab Program in the Hospital after Birth

Start an OB Rehab Program in the Hospital after Birth

This course includes
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60 Days access after purchase
Certificate of completion


Regardless of place or method of delivery, individuals may experience unexpected birth outcomes that result in short- and long-term impairments affecting their function and ability to safely care for themselves and their newborn.

This innovative course prepares rehabilitation professionals to provide early intervention services that align with global efforts to reduce maternal morbidity and improve the quality of maternal care in hospitals, birth centers, and at home.

Collaboration among all disciplines is essential to optimize the quality of maternal care, enhance postpartum recovery, and maximize safety with post-delivery mobility and ADLs (infant-care, household, occupational, and recreational).

Participants will be equipped with strategies to implement obstetric rehab services as a standard of care for individuals during high-risk pregnancy admission and immediately after delivery within their facilities and at home within the first 6 weeks after birth.


Learning Objectives

By completing this online course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply interventions to address specific concerns impacting physical and mental health in the high-risk pregnancy populations who have an extended hospital length of stay.
  • Screen patients according to risk factors to reduce postpartum morbidity including cardiovascular impairments, pelvic floor dysfunction, cesarean wound complications, and hospital readmissions.
  • Educate patients on how to self-manage impairments, pelvic floor dysfunction, cesarean wound complications, and hospital readmissions.
  • Facilitate patients’ understanding of the impact of pregnancy and the birthing process of each bodily system to optimize their 4th trimester recovery and return to activity.
  • Evaluate a patient within 24-48 hours of birth to improve self-efficacy during the recovery process.
    Apply specific techniques to address postpartum pelvic and back pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction, diastasis recti, and cesarean wound healing.
  • Educate patients on newborn feeding positions, body mechanics for newborn care, energy conservation, and modifications to ADLs to enhance postpartum function with activity
  • Successfully support families and optimize mental and physical healing after birth trauma and perinatal loss


This online course is for:

  • Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physiotherapists / Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Doulas, Birth Workers, and Health / Wellness Professionals
  • OB Providers, Midwives, and Nurses
The instructors
Dr. Rebeca Segraves

Dr. Rebeca Segraves, PT, DPT is Board-Certified as a Women’s Health Clinical Specialist.

She has extensive experience treating perinatal and pelvic health conditions in acute care, home health, and outpatient settings including long-term hospitalizations for high-risk pregnancy and following perinatal loss. She has worked with inpatient obstetrics and gynecology teams to maximize early recovery after delivery and pelvic surgery, including hysterectomy, prolapse repair, endometriosis surgery, cesarean section, birth-related injuries, and following obstetrics critical care interventions.

She is the founder of Enhanced Recovery After Delivery™, an obstetrics clinical pathway that maximizes mental and physical function during pregnancy and immediately postpartum with hospital and in-home occupational and physical therapy. Her vision is that every person will have access to a qualified rehab therapist during pregnancy and within the first 6 weeks after birth, perinatal loss, pregnancy termination, and any pelvic surgery regardless of their location or ability to pay.

Course Material included in this course
  • Meet the founders of Enhanced Recovery After Delivery Free
  • Meet Dr. Rebeca Segraves, PT, DPT, WCS
  • Meet Dr. Jenna Segraves, PT, DPT, NCS
  • ERAD™ Acute Care Obstetrics Rehab Manual
  • ERAD™ Acute Care Obstetrics Rehab Manual
  • Introduction: Optimize Maternal Function with Acute Care Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
  • Part 1: It is our right to have information
  • Part 2: I will be teaching this to a personal trainer
  • Module I: Current Trends in Maternal Care
  • Part 1: Recognize the barriers to preventative services in the birth industry
  • Bizmark 2021 Hospital Cesarean Delivery Related Profits
  • Part 2: How can you impact current trends in maternal care?
  • Module 2: Pregnancy and Postpartum Function
  • Part 1: Who closely monitors response to activity in the hospital after birth?
  • 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities
  • Part 2: From breathing to bowel function
  • Demonstration: Post-delivery abdominal massage
  • Part 3: Musculoskeletal function
  • Module 4 Obstetric Critical Care
  • Dr. Jenna Segraves, PT, DPT, NCS: Obstetric Critical Care
  • Module 5 Birth Recovery and Lymphedema
  • Part 1: Vaginal delivery and symphysis pubis dysfunction
  • Part 2: Perineal tears, pelvic pain, and postpartum hemorrhage
  • Part 3: Cesarean section
  • Part 4: Lymphedema and Wound Management
  • Demonstration: Abdominal separation, compression, and relief
  • Module 6 Immediate Postpartum Evaluation
  • Immediate Postpartum Evaluation
  • Module 7 Postpartum Treatments
  • Perinatal loss, swelling management, newborn care and more
  • Dr. Ann Croghan, PT, DPT, CLC: Breastfeeding for PTs and OTs - from hospital to home
  • Breastfeeding: the first few weeks
  • Breastfeeding References
  • Module 8 Maternal Health Promotion
  • Mental health, return to activity, birth support networks
  • Return to Running Postnatal Guidelines
  • Create a Career that Transforms Lives
  • Dr. Erin Locati, PT, DPT: What it really costs to have OT and PT in the hospital after birth
  • Dr. Katherine Sylvester, PT, DPT: CEO brings acute care therapy outside of the hospital
  • Dr. Amanda Heritage, PT, DPT, PRPC: Before 6 Weeks - The top 3 overlooked reasons to be working with obstetric perineal tears
  • Dr. Katherine Sylvester, PT, DPT: PT and OT's role in protecting our patients' hearts before, during, and after delivery
  • Roundtable with Leaders Free
  • The benefits of having a doula for a planned hospital birth
  • Prioritizing maternal mental health with OT and PT
  • How to raise your income with preventative (not sick) care
  • Course Feedback
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