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Cesarean Birth: The Role of Physiotherapy in Preparation & Recovery: Live-Online – January 2022

January 26, 2022
Registration Information
  • Register before
    December 15th, 2021
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after December 15th, 2021

Instructor: Jaclyn Seebach, PT, MScPT

Jaclyn is a mom of 4 Cesarean born children as well as an orthopaedic & pelvic health physiotherapist.  Through the process of building her young family, Jaclyn developed a passion for educating women and practitioners about Cesarean birth including the potential impacts it can have on physical function and QOL.  She believes physiotherapy has an important role to play in helping individuals prepare and recover more optimally from a Cesarean birth.

Jaclyn graduated with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2009.  Prior to that she completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University.  She currently works out of London, ON at Rebirth Wellness Centre, a multidisciplinary centre with a passionate focus on prenatal and postnatal care.  Jaclyn is also an avid believer that rural and small-town communities deserve improved access to services like pelvic health physiotherapy.  As such, she also runs a small private practice in St. Marys, Ontario.

You can connect with Jaclyn through her website, www.jaclynseebachpt.com, or on Instagram, @jaclynseebachpt.

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

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Cesarean Birth January 2022

In Canada, ~1 in 3 babies will be born by a Cesarean Section.  With few guidelines and information about Cesarean recovery, many birthing people don’t receive meaningful guidance on how to navigate their recovery.  They are left struggling to understand how to deal with issues that may arise (eg. pain conditions), when and how to return to exercise as well as how to appropriately progress exercise programs. Physiotherapy has an important role to play in filling this gap and supporting individuals in both their preparation for and recovery from Cesarean birth.

This course will provide the practitioner with a practical overview of the Cesarean birth experience as well as clinically relevant tools to help patients optimize their recovery.


  • understand the surgical procedure; dispel myths and assumptions
  • review “Gentle-Cesarean” or “Family-Centred Birth” – what is it?
  • understand how physiotherapy can help prepare patients for their birth experience
  • learn early post-op recovery & protective strategies
  • review post-operative restrictions
  • review red & yellow flags associated with cesarean birth
  • understand pain conditions, injury and dysfunction associated with C-Section
  • explore a variety of exercise ideas and considerations throughout recovery
    • the first 6 weeks postpartum
    • after the 6 week ‘clearance’
    • return to sport including running & high impact sport
  • be exposed to medical considerations for future births  (i.e. repeat CS vs. TOLAC).
  • explore the role physiotherapy can play in preparing patients for future births
  • consider additional biopsychosocial factors:
    • possible impact of C-Section on breastfeeding
    • possible impact on long-term infant health
    • emotional & psychological impact; birth trauma

Practical review and demonstration of:

  • Cesarean scar management, mobility and de-sensitization techniques.
  • breastfeeding positions after a Cesarean birth
  • exercises and protective strategies in the first 6 weeks postpartum
  • exercise progression 6wks and beyond

Audience:  Open to all healthcare professionals.

Prerequisites: None

Date/Time: January 26, 2022 from 5:00pm-9:00pm ET (Toronto) – please convert to your local time zone.