Stephanie Bush, PT, DPT, WCS, MEd

Stephanie Bush has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: Brooks Rehabilitation; Salary and does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course Location
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital – University Campus
3599 University Blvd S.
Jacksonville, Florida 32216

Course Description:
This course is designed to give the practicing clinician a comprehensive knowledge base in the obstetrics physical therapy treatment of the high risk pregnant patient and the postpartum patient. This course will also cover peri-partum trauma, the postpartum recovery process, return to exercise guidelines in the postpartum, and screening for postpartum depression. Course content is evidence-based and will promote the use of the most reliable tests and validated outcomes measures. This two day course will advance the skill and knowledge of physical therapists trained in the examination and treatment of common musculoskeletal dysfunctions and impairments in the postpartum patient including diastasis rectus abdominis, low back and pelvic girdle pain, and other orthopedic-related conditions. Participants will perform and experience interventions appropriate for above mentioned conditions.

Course Objectives:
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe special populations during pregnancy including high risk obstetrics.
2. Describe and discuss the pregnant athlete.
3. Describe common labor and birth related injuries and the management of peri-partum trauma.
4. Describe and discuss common pelvic floor dysfunctions after childbirth.
5. Describe the postpartum recovery process including hormonal, musculoskeletal, urogenital and reproductive systems.
6. Diagnose associated musculoskeletal dysfunctions and impairments in the postpartum patient.
7. Perform advanced orthopedic examination and assessment of the postpartum patient including pelvic girdle pain provocation testing, external PFM function assessment, and abdominal wall screen for diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA).
8. Implement advanced PT interventions for postpartum-related musculoskeletal conditions.
9. Discuss and describe the guidelines for return to exercise for the postpartum patient.
10. Collaborate with postpartum clients to determine rehabilitation and health and wellness goals related to their dysfunction.
11. Collaborate with postpartum clients to determine an evidenced-based plan of care, taking into consideration the client’s goals and the PT’s examination findings.
12. Discuss psychosocial considerations in the postpartum patient including postpartum depression and screening tools to identify.
13. Identify validated dysfunction-specific outcome measures for each of the dysfunctions covered in the course, where available.

Intended Audience:
The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) designation ONLY.

Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details at If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email
and we will be happy to help clarify!

Contact Hours:
This course has been approved for 18 Contact Hours by the following boards:
• Florida Physical Therapy Association

Continuing Education credit for each participant who meets the satisfactory course completion requirements (licensed in FL) will be automatically uploaded to CE Broker, which means the Florida Boards will have record of your attendance, even if you do not have your own personal CE Broker account. Course certificates will be provided at the completion of the course for those that meet the course completion requirements. Certificates will be mailed for courses that include a post-course test.

If you are a Brooks Clinician and want to pay by cost center, please fill out this registration form and return the check and form to the Brooks IHL.

Satisfactory Course Completion:
Only those who sign in on the course attendance sheet each day will be eligible for CEUs.

For participants wanting to receive the Brooks Certificate of Advanced Clinical Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy:
This course is one in a series of two designed to give the practicing clinician a comprehensive knowledge-base in obstetric physical therapy evaluation and treatment. Successful completion of skills competency testing and post-course tests for both OB1 and OB2 will result in a Brooks Certificate of Advanced Clinical Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical
Therapy (Brooks CACA-OB).

Course Evaluation/Survey:
Within 48 hours of course completion, you will receive a post course survey. The IHL values your feedback and we thank you in advance for taking the survey.