Prepare Your Pelvic Floor For Childbirth

Prepare Your Pelvic Floor For Childbirth

This small group workshop is for expecting women including first timers, moms who have already experienced pregnancy or birth, women planning a vaginal or Caesarean birth, those hoping for a VBAC, and women hoping to start their family soon.

We desire to see women come out of childbirth intact, both physically AND emotionally. Our hope is to help prevent pelvic health problems before they start.  We also want to  and let this new generation of mamas know that, with the right supports, they can thrive and function really well after having baby.

A number of pelvic health issues such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain can be traced back to the experience of pregnancy and childbirth.  And yet many of these pelvic health challenges can minimized - possibly even eliminated - with key knowledge.  AND with an opportunity to learn and practice evidence-based birthing skills before the big day.

There is so much research showing that pelvic health preparation helps to improve birth outcomes for both moms and babies.  So we know this stuff works.  The only question now is, are you going to be the one to benefit? 

If so, get ready to prepare your body, mind, and heart for an empowered birth.

Goals for the day.

Our full day workshop has 3 big objectives: 

1) To equip you with knowledge that can alter the trajectory of your pelvic health before and after giving birth. It is all about being pro-active and informed with scientific evidence that supports positive birth outcomes.

2) To provide you with really practical strategies that will help you during labour and delivery (both physically and mentally) - particularly with a view to prevent and minimize pelvic health issues.

3) You may not realize this yet but childbirth is only the beginning (!!!). Postpartum recovery matters a lot too.  We will discuss postpartum rehabilitation of your pelvic floor and core so you understand how to optimize your healing - whether or not you birthed vaginally or by c-section.


Basically, this super unique class will cover all the things you ought to know about labour, delivery, and postpartum but are not taught in traditional prenatal classes.  


Meet Your Coach

Hi there - I'm Ibbie and I will be your facilitator for this workshop.   

To say I'm excited to once again be offering this class is an understatement.  I absolutely love teaching expecting moms about their pelvic health and how they can best prepare for the big day.  This is hands down my favourite workshop to run and I hope you'll come along for the ride.

 A bit about me: 

I have my Master of Science in physiotherapy with over 12 years of experience in rehabilitation.  I have been working in the pelvic health and perinatal world for the last 7+ of those 12 years, and I'm also in the process of getting certified as a doula.  I've treated hundreds of women and I speak, teach, and run a few businesses - one being The Mama's Physio.

I'm married to an amazing guy and together, we have four little kiddos.  My oldest is 6, my youngest is 6 months.  Yep, we had them all quite close together and I'll share the rather interesting birth stories in person.  And even though I've had 4 children in under 6 years, I'm very happy with my current pelvic health and function.

I attribute my birth outcomes to my knowledge as a pelvic health physiotherapist (and honestly, a lot of grace too).  Yet much of the knowledge that I applied to my own births is not rocket science.  It's fairy intuitive information/strategies that are simple, evidence-based, and effective.

But you can't apply what you don't know. 

And that's the whole point of this workshop!

Getting pregnant, having a baby, and transitioning to motherhood is one of the most profound experiences you will ever have.  It is a powerful, life changing rite-of-passage. And you play an integral role in creating, sustaining, and bringing forth life - a full independent human being.  If that hasn't hit you yet, just sit on that truth for awhile. It will.

You're so important in this whole process.
YOU MATTER.

Your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health matters.

This is why I'm so passionate about equipping women with birth knowledge and skills they will need - to not just survive but to hopefully thrive during this awesome, messy, exciting, overwhelming, game-changing, and wonderful stage of life.

If you want to be pro-active, build your capacity for an empowered childbirth, and recover well postnatally, then please join other mamas like you and Prepare Your Pelvic Floor For Birth. 


What You Will Learn

  • To train your pelvic floor muscles to be strong, supple, and compliant for birth and quick recover postpartum
  • Strategies to minimize your chances of tearing, episiotomy, and use of instruments (forceps/vacuum)
  • Options for positioning your body during labour and delivery so your work of birthing is efficient 
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    Ideas to encourage optimal position of baby in the pelvic cradle
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    Pain neuroscience and the many mind-body methods to manage sensations and discomforts during labour
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    Strategies for movement and mobility during pregnancy and into labour
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    The amazing powers of your uterus and how to harness the power of your uterine muscle contractions
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    The process of labour and delivery - early labour, active labour, pushing phase, and placental delivery
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    When to push, how to push, how not to push, and how to manage pressures on the core and pelvic floor
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    Which prenatal exercises are best to practice for labour and delivery
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    The vital connection between your diaphragm and pelvic floor, breath and efficiency in labour 
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    What is normal and not normal for your body to experience during the first few weeks & months postpartum
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    Must haves for your postpartum care kit - whether you had a vaginal birth or a c-section 
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    Post-partum abdominal wrapping - when to, when not to, how to, why to, who would benefit
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    Preventing and treating the top five postpartum pelvic and abdominal problems - incontinence, prolapse, scar pain, diastasis recti, sexual pain, and musculoskeletal pain 
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    Guidelines for recovery if you have a c-section
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    What you need to know about resuming postpartum sex 
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    A simple restorative program for the first 6 weeks post partum
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    Guidelines for safe return to exercise, sports, running, fitness, impact, or heavy lifting post partum
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    Understanding the physical demands of life with the baby - from holding, carrying, lifting, nursing positions, hauling car seats and other gear - so you can prevent neck, back, wrist, and other muscloskeletal pain
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    No question (no matter how personal) is off the table
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    You'll get access to our online course material once it's live so you can review what you learn with your partner and for your future reference
  • You'll experience a beautiful opportunity to connect and bond with other women on a similar journey. Meet new friends who will be there to support you in motherhood and build your mama tribe.  
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    AND MUCH MORE!


Hear What Other Participants From Past Workshops Have To Say

Participants were invited to provide feedback via an anonymous survey.  Here's what some of them shared:


The workshop was truly a fantastic experience and has left me feeling more prepared for what is to come in future months! I feel armed with more information and ready to discuss with my OB some of my wishes for labor/delivery.

Empowered.

That’s the better word for how I feel at the end of this weekend’s workshop!



Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with us.  It made you easy to relate to and genuine.  It also made the upcoming joys and challenges feel real, but manageable.



I really loved how the session was divided into 3 sections: pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum.  All are related, but it was good to discuss each part of the process in detail and I have lots of material to review as I go through this and its a great jumping off point for discussions with my partner. 


2020 Workshop Dates

Saturday, February 22, 9-5pm
Saturday, October 26, 9-5pm

Please bring an exercise mat, comfortable clothes you can move in, a large exercise ball, and an open mind and heart.

  You may bring a bag lunch or check out one of the fine restaurants nearby during our lunch break. 

You will get more details in the confirmation email sent after you register! 

Class size is limited and this workshop always fills up, so if you're interested, be sure to sign up now.

If the class is full and you'd like to put your name on the wait list, please email info@themamasphysio.com and you'll be contacted if a space opens up.

So looking forward to this!  =) 

Cost

$229

A comprehensive workbook, some home exercise equipment, and plenty of healthy snacks are included with your registration.

 Bonus: once it is live, you'll get free access to our online version of this course which will includes videos, handouts, and up-to-date resources that you can reference again and again (a $197 dollar value).

If you have benefits for physiotherapy, you may be eligible for reimbursement by submitting your receipt.  Please contact your insurance company to find out. 

This workshop would make a great baby shower gift (and seriously, who needs another onesie?).  Let your family and friends know we have gift certificates that and you'd be grateful for little body and mind TLC for YOU as you prepare to meet your little one.