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Physiotherapy

We provide obstetrical physiotherapy care to antepartum and peripartum women.
About

The Physiotherapy Department at BC Women's Hospital is the largest hospital-based obstetrical physiotherapy department in Canada. The primary role of the dedicated staff is to provide the best possible obstetrical care to antepartum and peripartum women in this British Columbia tertiary care centre.

We provide services on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Physiotherapists receive their training as part of a University degree program.  A high level of staff competency is ensured by our enthusiastic participation in continuing education, the promotion of evidence-based clinical assessments and treatments, and the pursuit of research opportunities.

The College of Physical Therapist of British Columbia (CPTBC) is the regulatory body established by the provincial government to protect the public by regulating the practice of physical therapy.

The physiotherapists are also directly affiliated with the University of British Columbia and provide clinical instruction to students.

Services at BC Women's

The physiotherapists at BC Women's Hospital offer clinical expertise to the obstetric patient through:

  1. Physiotherapy education classes where focus is on posture, body mechanics, education and information on basic exercise.
    • Postpartum Physiotherapy Class (Monday, Wednesday or Friday 10:00-11:00am)
    • Antepartum Physiotherapy Back Class (Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm)
  2. Individual outpatient appointments
  3. Diabetes in Pregnancy teaching in the Ambulatory Clinic
  4. Inpatient assessment/treatment services
  5. Patient/family educational material/pamphlets

Registration required when attending as an outpatient.

Physiotherapists can counsel pregnant women about exercise and pain management before and after the birth. With the help of a physiotherapist, you may relieve or prevent many of the physical discomforts that pregnancy can bring. 

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