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Overview of Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) and Implications for Pregnancy

Overview of Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) and Implications for Pregnancy

Overview of Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) and Implications for Pregnancy

This course includes
1:00:55 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in May 2024


This is a module 1 in the 4 module series: Pregnancy and Postpartum Update and Clinical Toolkit provided by Dr. Sinéad Dufour. 

In this module, participants will be introduced to the topic of diastasis rectus abdominis and the implications for this issue and the broader abdominal wall during pregnancy. Aspects of pregnancy-related anatomy and physiology will be reviewed as will current evidence-informed expert recommendations for pregnancy.  



This online course is geared towards any rehab or fitness professional or other professionals working with perinatal clients including physiotherapists, doulas, midwives, MDs, Nurses, etc.


Bundle Option

The video presentation in this course is in the process of being edited. While it is available for viewing, and all of the course resources are available including the slides and research articles, the video is not edited. This course is currently available for purchase primarily for those who would also like to buy Dr. Sinéad Dufour's Pregnancy and Postpartum course bundle which includes this course, 3 additional courses, and a resource package.

On checkout, you will be presented with the option to purchase this course individually or in a bundle with:

  1. Resource Package - Perinatal Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA)
  2. DRA and Implications for the Post-Partum Abdominal Wall
  3. DRA - Evaluation and Assessment
  4. DRA - Intervention Strategies, Including Surgery

When you click 'Buy course' on this page or any of the above pages, you will be presented with the option to purchase the entire bundle at a discounted rate.

The instructors
Dr. Sinéad Dufour

Dr. Sinéad Dufour is an academic clinician who shares her time between clinical pursuits as the Director of Pelvic Health at the WOMB and academic pursuits in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She has been a practicing physiotherapist for 20 years. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2011), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2014). Her current research interests include conservative approaches to optimize pelvic floor function, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health and perinatal fitness for elite athletes.

Sinéad is an active member of several organizations charged with optimizing perinatal care and pelvic health and has led and contributed many national and international clinical practice guidelines to improve care provision. Sinéad also currently serves as a council member for the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, Canada. Sinéad is a well-recognized speaker at conferences around the world and a sought-after expert to consult with companies whose aim is to improve perinatal care and pelvic health.

Relevant Links:

IG: @dr.sinead

Course Material included in this course
  • Welcome and Resources
  • Welcome!
  • Downloadable slides
  • Pregnancy-related diastasis rectus abdominis: Impact of a multi-component group-based intervention
  • Self-reported symptoms in women with diastasis rectus abdominis
  • Use of Exercise in the Management of Postpartum Diastasis Recti
  • Deleterious effects of gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Assessment Procedures & Sample Exercises
  • Establishing Expert-Based Recommendations for the Conservative Management of Pregnancy-Related Diastasis Rectus Abdominis
  • Does research support the current conservative care recommendations for pregnancy-related diastasis rectus abdominis?
  • The Pelvic Pain Psychological Screening Questionnaire (3PSQ)
  • Comprehensive reference list
  • Presentation
  • What is DRA?
  • Problems with the Current Characterization of DRA
  • Abdominal Wall Structure & Function (Canister)
  • Has the Canister Theory Been Substantiated?
  • Questions
  • Feedback

Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.

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