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Labour & Delivery: Maternal Support through Comfort Measures and Pelvic Biomechanics – September 2020

September 18, 2020 - September 19, 2020
Registration Information
  • Register before
    August 7th, 2020
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after August 7th, 2020

Course Instructor:

Trish Brunelle earned her Diploma in Physiotherapy from Mohawk College in 1988 as well as her Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University in 1989. Trish started her physiotherapy career in Mental Health Services at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health. This experience taught her the valuable skills she needed to work with a variety of people, building on her use of the biopsychosocial model that she learned in her undergraduate training, while working on her team-building skills. After moving to a small outpatient clinic 2 years later, Trish initially focused most of her continuing education on orthopaedics. As happens, interesting patient problems often took her in search of new knowledge including visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy, and acupuncture until she eventually she found her way to Pelvic Health 15 years ago. In order to gain the knowledge she needed to treat this complex population, she often travelled to throughout the US and Canada.

Three years ago, Trish opened GetMoving Physio in Barrie, Ontario just steps from Lake Simcoe and the clinic continues to grow. She fits pessaries, teaches hypopressives, teaches Pfilates, works primarily in pelvic health, attends births in her physio-doula role, and is a frequent guest speaker in the community. Trish designed a clinic space that is less clinical and more inviting in the hopes of making Pelvic Health Physiotherapy more of a comfort experience. She lives north of Barrie with her husband and she can often be found on her paddleboard or snowshoes.

Trish firmly believes that a healthy and functional mom, means a healthy and happy baby. Her pelvic health experience has shown her that the focus during birthing is often to birth a healthy baby with sometimes less regard for the health of the birthing mother. She is a passionate advocate for having some balance of health concerns in the delivery room. This led her to increase her knowledge in this area in order to use physiotherapy knowledge of biomechanics, combined with traditional doula wisdom, to help women maintain some locus of control during their birth while attempting to reduce maternal injury. Trish has been to over 20 births and her knowledge continues to grow with each one.

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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Labour and Delivery September 2020

Course Description:

Women often come to need pelvic health physiotherapy as a result of their obstetrical injuries but what if therapists can use their knowledge of pelvic biomechanics to assist women to deliver their babies with less risk to the pelvic floor while also considering other orthopaedic conditions?

This two day course will teach participants the ways in which therapists can play an important role in the delivery room. We will examine birth and its processes as well as typical standards of care in Ontario. With all of that information in mind, we will blend the evidence with our knowledge, to impact the birth process in a positive way.

Whether you choose to attend births and support families directly or simply improve your knowledge from an education standpoint, this course will help you to present the most current information to your patients and be ready to attend births. If you choose to go on to support families through the birth, some practical information about how to start that process will be shared. There will be a mixture or didactic learning, lab learning and group problem solving.

Course Objectives

  1. To review current standards of care for birth in Ontario
  2. To explain the role of a traditional birth support person (doula)
  3. To understand and expand the role of physiotherapists in prenatal care and labour and delivery
  4. To learn and understand the stages of labour and delivery
  5. To learn the cardinal movements of birth
  6. To understand and use physiotherapists’ unique knowledge of pelvic biomechanics in order to facilitate the baby’s movements through the pelvis
  7. To learn some ways to support both the birthing woman and her partner in the mental, emotional and physical process of birth
  8. To provide some practical ways to implement this knowledge into a physiotherapy practice


This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, nurses, midwives and medical doctors.


Saturday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Sunday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.

Prerequisites:  Level 1 (or equivalent to be approved).

Please Note:  This course involves lecture and lab.