NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Sara Reardon, board-certified women’s health physical therapist and owner and founder of NOLA Pelvic Health, is offering online childbirth prep classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The next virtual course, “Postpartum Recovery After Vaginal Birth” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 at 8 p.m. CST.
As a pelvic health physical therapist, Reardon specializes in treating the muscles and tissues in the pelvic region of the body, which play an important role in our day-to-day function, and especially when it comes to birthing a baby.
“A lot of new moms lack support after having a baby,” Reardon says. “Now that those moms are unable to attend in person pelvic floor physical therapy, we decided to bring the information directly to them. It’s my hope these classes fill the void for expectant or postpartum moms who can’t attend physical therapy or childbirth classes due to cancellations.”
NOLA Pelvic Health has offered telehealth sessions since the clinic first opened, but this is the first time Reardon has offered the option of a virtual class. In her first online “Childbirth Prep Class,” she received such a great response (over 100 women across the country tuned in), she decided to expand course offerings.
Though the live class for “Pelvic Floor Preparation for Childbirth” has passed, pregnant moms can still purchase the recorded version and access it at their leisure here. The “Childbirth Prep Class” includes education on pelvic floor muscle anatomy and changes during pregnancy and childbirth, preparation tips for pelvic floor muscles, explanation of birthing positions and breathing strategies for optimal pelvic floor relaxation, and more.
The next class, “Postpartum Recovery After Vaginal Birth” will cover:
Pelvic floor anatomy and changes that occur following pregnancy and birth
Insider tips to help body recovery in early postpartum through the fourth trimester
Strategies for lifting, feeding and carrying baby in a comfortable way
Tips for returning to exercise safely
Self-assessment tools to identify problems like diastasis recti and pelvic floor weakness
Easy movement sequence that fits into early motherhood life
Registration is available online now. Live registration space is limited. Details for the next course, “Postpartum Recovery after Cesarean Birth,” scheduled for Friday, April 24, will be released soon.