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New Course Release: Special Considerations for Caesarean Section - Preparing for and Recovering from Belly Birth

With many women experiencing shame, guilt and the feeling that they “took the easy way out” following a C-section, it is important to be armed with the appropriate information and language necessary to help women prepare for this surgery and to recuperate afterwards. Understanding the components of preparation, the procedure, and recovery are key to any practitioner guiding women through the birth experience or developing treatment plans for rehabilitation.

A caesarean birth presents its own unique set of challenges for practitioners. Developing strategies for those scheduled for a C-section, educating our patients about caesarean but who are planning vaginal deliveries, and coping with the mental and physical trauma after birth should all be carefully considered. Rehabilitation techniques addressing the complications that can occur following a major abdominal surgery while simultaneously acknowledging the challenges associated with early motherhood are necessary for a well-balanced approach to recovery.

This course encourages a biopsychosocial framework, manual-based therapies, exercise and education to help practitioners build a comprehensive treatment plan for their patients. In recognizing that mothers who delivery via belly-birth are worthy of their own birth preparation, education, and rehabilitation plan we can begin to change the dialogue around caesarean birth, and in doing so, hopefully, develop happier and healthier mothers.


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What You'll Learn in this 9+ Hour Online Course:

  1. To understand the comorbidities, injuries and concerns following caesarean delivery.
  2. To have a general understanding of a caesarean surgical procedure and birth.
  3. Be able to develop strategies for pain, complications and recovery in the immediate postoperative period.
  4. To acquire evidence-based information regarding the benefits of abdominal binders following caesarean.
  5. Gain a general understanding of c-section wound management, healing and the role for physiotherapy.
  6. Build skills necessary for subjective and objective assessment in the sub-acute period and beyond.
  7. To have an awareness of the unique challenges associated with caesarean including post-operative pain issues, wound healing, surgical adhesions, abdominal nerve entrapments and neuralgia, birth trauma, chronic scar pain, and special considerations for returning to exercise.
  8. To gain strong skills for the differential diagnosis of abdominal wall pain following caesarean birth.
  9. To develop the ability to screen for biopsychosocial influences on recovery and the appropriate treatment practices for such.
  10. To feel confident in the use of the modified adheremeter – a tool to objectively assess scar mobility.
  11. To build a selection of myofascial techniques for caesarean scar adhesion related pain and to improve scar mobility.
  12. Have an arsenal of clinical tips and tricks to help guide patients through a caesarean recovery.
  13. To feel confident developing a comprehensive plan for the preparation of a caesarean birth and rehabilitation afterwards.


Rehab professionals including physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, registered massage therapists, kinesiologists, or any other exercise or manual based therapist who has an interest in helping women prepare for or recover from caesarean births.

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Katie Kelly

PT, Bsc., MSc. PT Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Katie Kelly has been practising as a women’s health and pelvic floor physiotherapist since 2010. She is the owner/operator of her practise, Katie Kelly Physiotherapy, in Moncton, NB. Katie is often a guest lecturer for the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University on the topics of the role of physiotherapy in pregnancy, pelvic floor and exercise for obesity and weight management. She is an active contributing author to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Women’s Health Division Newsletter. Katie has formed a relationship with Mount Allison University’s Sexual Health Laboratory to research chronic pelvic and genital pain conditions. She received both her BSc and MSc in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University, is a member of the New Brunswick College of Physiotherapists, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Women’s Health Division, the Canadian Sex Researcher Forum and the Canadian Obesity Network. Katie’s overwhelming curiosity for pelvic health physiotherapy drives her to continuously take deep dives into topics of interest. 

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