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Addressing (Back) Pain in Labour and Delivery

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Addressing (Back) Pain in Labour and Delivery

Addressing (Back) Pain in Labour and Delivery

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This course was recorded in October 2022


This is the first in a series of courses titled Weird and Wonderful Strategies that EVERY Physio should know to Effectively Treat Low Back Pain (LBP).

This series is hosted by Carolyn Vandyken in collaboration with Embodia. Each course in the series will focus on a different topic, specifically how bladder health, endometriosis, inflammation, and cognitive discrimination play a role in low back pain as well as a course that addresses low back pain in labour and delivery.

These specific topics are hosted by Carolyn Vandyken with special guests Jilly Bond, Jill Mueller, Sinéad Dufour, and Ibbie Afolabi. 

The fifth and final course in the series is presented by Ibukun Afolabi, an integrative pelvic health physiotherapist who focuses on women’s pelvic health and childbirth. She is also a certified childbirth educator, postpartum doula, and birth support physio/doula. 

You can register for individual courses or the entire series! On checkout, you will be presented with the option to purchase all of the courses in this series at a discount. 

To read about the purpose of this course series and to register for all sessions, please click here.


Course 5: Addressing (Back) Pain in Labour and Delivery

Pregnant women are worried about the pain that they will experience during labour and delivery.

Women with pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and low back pain (LBP) have a heightened sense of worry and fear of fragility.

Understand how to examine providers’ (including physiotherapists’) beliefs and biases about pain during childbirth, understand the biopsychosocial contributors to the experience of LBP during pregnancy and childbirth, and understand several pain-modulating strategies that physiotherapists can teach to pregnant clients as they prepare for birth.

Learn how to apply pain neuroscience education to this special patient population in order to empower the next generation of mothers.

Physiotherapists play a key role in helping women understand how to manage their pain during labour and delivery, especially when they have concurrent lumbopelvic pain.

Join Ibbie, a registered physiotherapist, pelvic health physiotherapist, and certified doula as she explores this topic from a place of personal and clinical experience.


Learning Objectives for Webinar 5

In this webinar with Ibbie Afolabi, participants will learn:

  1. Examine providers' (including physiotherapists') beliefs and biases about pain during childbirth
  2. Overview of the biopsychosocial contributors to the experience of low back pain during pregnancy, labour, and delivery
  3. Share several pain-modulating strategies that physiotherapists can teach to pregnant clients as they prepare for birth 



This online course is for all physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals who treat patients with low back pain (LBP). This includes healthcare professionals who work in private outpatient practice, home care, and emergency care. This course is for all orthopaedic clinicians, not just pelvic floor clinicians. 


Reframe Rehab

This webinar series is hosted by Reframe Rehab in collaboration with Embodia. If you would like to stay up to date with Reframe Rehab, please opt-in to their mailing list by clicking here.

The instructors
Carolyn Vandyken

Carolyn is the co-owner of Reframe Rehab, a teaching company engaged in breaking down the barriers internationally between pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science. Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 37 years. She is a McKenzie Credentialled physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017.

Carolyn received the YWCA Women of Distinction award (2004) and the distinguished Education Award from the OPA (2015). Carolyn was recently awarded the Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2021 for her work in pelvic health and pain science.

Carolyn has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twenty years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

Reframe Rehab
Online Teaching Company

We are a passionate group of highly trained clinicians who champion virtual, live online education courses to develop a biopsychosocial framework for your clinical practice. Our mission is to break down the silos in clinical practice between musculoskeletal pain, pelvic pain, pain neuroscience education, and psychology by providing timely, cost-effective, live online learning opportunities from the world's leading clinical educators on these topics.

Interested in learning more about Reframe Rehab or taking a course with us? Check us out on Instagram @reframerehab or visit our website to view all our course offerings.

Ibukun Afolabi
MScPT, BA(Hons.)Kin, PCES, CCE, CD

Ibukun is an Integrative Pelvic Health Physiotherapist whose passion lies at the intersection of women’s pelvic health and childbirth. She has been practicing as a registered physiotherapist since 2007 and the bulk of her career has been focused on serving pelvic and perinatal health population.

Ibukun is a certified childbirth educator, certified postpartum doula, and birth support physio/doula. She is an instructor with Doula Canada and Physio-Plus. Ibukun is a sought-after speaker and has offered training workshops for midwives, labour and delivery nurses, birthing families, and other health professionals. She is fascinated by the applications of pain neuroscience within the context of birth.

Course Material included in this course
  • Addressing (Back) Pain in Labour and Delivery
  • Welcome!
  • Slides
  • Introduction
  • Examining Foundations
  • Provider Biases and Beliefs About Low Back Pain
  • Provider Responses to LBP in Pregnancy
  • Unhelpful Biases, Beliefs, and Behaviours of Providers
  • What About You?
  • Biopsychosocial Strategies for Modulating Perception of LBP During Pregnancy and Birth
  • Social Factors
  • Questions
  • What's Next
  • Feedback

Yes, we have added Closed Captions to this course in French. You can preview what this is like by going to the Course Materials section and then watch the Free Preview lesson in the course.

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