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The Never-Ending Birth - Postpartum Patterns of the Bony Pelvis, Clinical Implications, and Solutions

The Never-Ending Birth - Postpartum Patterns of the Bony Pelvis, Clinical Implications, and Solutions

The Never-Ending Birth - Postpartum Patterns of the Bony Pelvis, Clinical Implications, and Solutions

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Course Information:

This session from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) Congress 2021 identifies common patterns of the postpartum bony pelvis, clinical implications of surrounding soft tissue and strategies for triaging efficient, sustainable physical therapy intervention.

Join our three incredible speakers as they discuss a phenomenon known as "open birthing pelvis", how to look for it in patients, and how best to treat it. 


Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the physiological changes to the pelvis that occurs during pregnancy.
  2. Understand the physiology and anatomy of the pelvis during birth.
  3. Identify patterns of the postpartum bony pelvis and clinical implications of surrounding soft tissue.
  4. Understand how to clinically treat postpartum bony pelvis concerns 



Julia Di Paolo, Reg.PT, is a pelvic health physiotherapist, co-author of Pregnancy Fitness (2018), author of The Labour and Birth Handbook (2016), international speaker, and guest lecturer at the University of Toronto's Physiotherapy Department. She has created and teaches courses on diastasis rectus abdominis and pelvic floor dysfunction for health professionals. Working in private practice for over 20 years, she started in orthopedics, with sports and spine injuries, and then evolved into women’s health; in particular, diastasis recti abdominis.

For the last 10 years, her focus has been on the pelvic floor and its relationship to the rest of the body. You can find her at PhysioExcellence, her dedicated Women's and Pelvic Health clinic in Toronto, Canada, where she spends her days helping women prepare for birth, restore the abdominal wall, and cure incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.  

Lynn Schulte has been a pelvic health physical therapist for over 30 years and is the founder of the Institute for Birth Healing Inc. Her expertise is in diagnosing and treating issues and conditions experienced during pregnancy, labour, and in the postpartum period. After treating thousands of postpartum clients, Lynn discovered a common birth pattern that is created in the pelvis after birth and created techniques to effectively release these patterns that minimize pain and improve function. Due to the success rate from these techniques, Lynn has created holistic training programs for health professionals licensed to do bodywork.

The courses are offered live, both in-person and online, for Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant and Postpartum Body, and in-person only for the Advanced Treatment of the Postpartum Body course. Additional online courses are available for birth professionals; Confidence in Your Core, Pelvic Floor and More, and Facilitating a Smoother Birth and Faster Recovery. The Holistic Treatment courses can be taken individually or applied to the certification process to help birth professionals become Certified Birth Healing Specialists. The Professionals directory on the website with the practitioners who have successfully completed the courses is available as a support to moms. She has presented at Doula and Midwifery conferences, as well as for the Association For Prenatal And Perinatal Psychology And Health (APPPAH) in 2019. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University, St. Louis Missouri.

Dr. Lori O'Neill, PT, DPT, is an owner of a cash-based private practice in Chapel Hill, NC, emphasizing a holistic, biopsychosocial physical therapy model for women during the childbearing years and "forever" postpartum. The majority of her 20+ years as a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist have been spent in clinical practice and community outreach, incorporating current evidence-based research with wisdom obtained from previously serving as a Lamaze Labour Support Specialist and DONA Certified Labour Doula. Lori has been a speaker for the Lamaze International Annual Conference, as well as a consultant for multiple childbirth education curriculums.

She developed "Your PREGNANT & POSTPARTUM Body" series of free community-based pelvic health education classes for proactive and underserved populations within the North Caroline Triad. Lori earned a BA (Theology), MSPT, and DPT from Wheeling Jesuit University. In 1997, she became a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Section of Woman's Health and maintains current associations with APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, Private Practice Special Interest Group (PPSIG), and International Alliance of Healthcare Educators Medallion Member (IAHE). 


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Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.
Course Material included in this course
  • The Never-Ending Birth - Postpartum Patterns of the Bony Pelvis, Clinical Implications, and Solutions
  • Physiological Changes During Pregnancy
  • Physiology and Anatomy of the Pelvis During Birth
  • Postpartum Bony Pelvis and Clinical Implications
  • Case Studies
  • Questions
  • Quiz
  • Next Steps
  • Feedback
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