The concepts you will learn in this course are:
• Essential – what every birth worker must know about pelvic health
• Unique – training you won’t find in the majority of doula certification programs
• Evidence-based – the most current research evidence informs the content
• Holistic – helping you see the whole person, not just one part
• Actionable – guiding your clients to take the next step in caring for their pelvic health
• and Transformative – for you, your clients, for their families, and for entire communities!
Are you ready to set yourself apart with your up-to-date knowledge of the pelvic floor and add valuable resources to your doula toolkit?
If so read on!
What You Will Learn:
Pelvic Health Essentials for Doulas & Birth Practitioners is a comprehensive 8-week online course.
It is designed to help you:
o Increase your knowledge and understanding of pelvic floor health during the perinatal period
o Consider the far reaching impact of pelvic floor dysfunction on your clients’ lived experience in birth and beyond
o Have greater confidence in bringing up pelvic health conversations with your clients and understand when to refer to a health professional
o Offer helpful resources, accurate information, and educational materials to your clients which have been designed by a pelvic floor physiotherapist
o Connect to your inner system and increase your appreciation for your own pelvic floor
Important note: completing this course does not enable or permit you to assess, diagnose, treat, or make recommendations about pelvic floor dysfunction. It is important to refer suspected cases of pelvic floor dysfunction to the appropriate licensed health professional for evaluation and treatment.
o Each week, you will gain access a new module that contains a video lesson, slide deck, links and resource list, worksheets, and reflection questions. Each module builds upon the previous one, so it is important to have a solid understanding of concepts presented in the module you’re working through.
o You will have assigned reading from your required text. There will also be optional reading if you want to dive deeper into the topic for the week.
o At the end of each module you will need to submit your reflection questions and complete a short quiz before advancing to the next module.
o You will receive a Pelvic Health Toolkit for Doulas including links, resources, checklists, cheat sheets, client education handouts, products, and more, which you can give to your clients.
o You will be required to complete a simple case study and may be selected to present it to the group during the final module, which will be a live virtual session.
o You will receive a certificate of completion which will add more credibility to your portfolio and help set you apart as a birth practitioner.
Estimated time commitment: 2h per week over 8 weeks.
Required Text: “The Female Pelvis” by Blandine Calais-Germain
Preparing For A Gentle Birth: The Pelvis In Pregnancy – by Blandine Calais Germian
This is a fantastic text and great reference guide. It short and sweet, easy to understand, and has very clear illustrations that will help you and your clients better grasp pelvic floor concepts, particularly during pregnancy and birth.
Note: you are required to purchase this text as an additional cost.
Welcome and Overview
• Introduction, what the course is all about, how it is formatted, how to get the most out of it, scope of practice, learning support system, and more.
Module 1 – Demystifying the Pelvic Floor
• Overview of the pelvic floor, abdominal canister and core, pressure system, pelvic biomechanics, pelvic and perineal anatomy, pelvic floor role and function, connection to nervous system and brain, and more.
Module 2 – Pelvic Floor Conditions
• Common conditions that may show up during pregnancy or after giving birth including incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, diastasis recti, bowel or bladder dysfunction, pelvic girdle pain, vulvar varicosities, scar and mysofascial dysfunction, and more.
Module 3 – Pelvic Health During Pregnancy
• Overview of pelvic floor health during pregnancy, signs and symptoms, when to refer, how to refer, practical ways to optimize pelvic health during pregnancy, perineal preparation strategies, and other physical birth prep.
Module 4 – The Pelvic Floor In Labour & Delivery
• Ways to care for pelvic health during labour and delivery, including positions, posture, breath, pressure, pelvic biomechanics, visualizations, movement, and more; considerations for stage one and two of labour and impact of various pain management strategies on pelvic floor health; birth options for clients with pre-existing pelvic health conditions.
Module 5 – Postpartum Pelvic Health
• Pelvic floor recovery and restoring pelvic floor health after childbirth; abdominal wall and core considerations postpartum for vaginal, instrumented or caesarean births; pelvic floor considerations for postpartum abdominal wrapping or baby wearing, impact of breastfeeding positions/postures on pelvic and core health; guidelines for return to activity in 4th trimester and beyond.
Module 6 – How to Use Your Pelvic Health Toolkit for Doulas/Birth Practitioners
• Questionnaires, client education and handouts, checklists, when to refer, resources, product suggestions, etc.
Module 7 – Pulling The Pieces Together + Self Discovery
• Getting to know your own body – self-exploration of breath, pelvic floor movement and biomechanics, pelvic floor muscle engagement, and more. This is a movement and awareness session that will require space, a yoga mat, and comfortable clothes you can move in.
Module 8 – Mandatory Live Training + Interactive webinar,
• Final review, case study presentation, Q & A, 90-120 mins. Required for course completion.
Ibukun Afolabi is a pelvic floor and perinatal physiotherapist who has been helping people in a rehabilitation capacity for the last 13 years. Her practice has focused on the women’s health and perinatal population for the past 8 years during which she founded The Mama’s Physio – an established pelvic floor physiotherapy practice based in Ontario, Canada.
Ibukun is a passionate advocate for pelvic health and it shines through in her work. As a sought after speaker, she has engaged various audiences including post secondary students, labour and delivery nurses, midwives, and many large and small community organizations. Ibukun facilitates childbirth education classes (with a focus on pelvic health) and has supported hundreds of families through birth and the postpartum period both as a health professional and as a friend.
Ibukun’s clinical interests include the intersection of women’s pelvic health, perinatal care, female sexual health, pain neuroscience, and integrated, collaborative, and holistic treatment of the whole person.
Ibukun lives in London, Ontario with her incredible hubby and four active littles ranging in age from 1-6 years old.
A one-time fee of $325 which covers:
• Instructor fee
• Online access to all modules, digital downloads, resource guides, pelvic floor doula toolkit, beautifully designed client handouts, professional interviews, and worksheets.
• Live review and group learning session
• Access to instructor, via email, to work through learning concepts, get support, or answer questions
• Certificate of completion (electronic) to add to your doula resume and list of unique qualifications
• Student is responsible to purchase the required text
*applicable taxes not included in base fee