Create Immediate Relief and Function to support a smoother birth


Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant Body

Improve birth outcomes through a holistic approach to treating the pregnant body. Learn the skills to confidently and successfully work with your pregnant clientele.

Whether you are new to pelvic health or a seasoned physical therapist, this course will transform the way you assess and treat pregnant clients – so you can help them overcome pain and discomfort and prepare them for a smoother birth.

Bodyworkers with a License to Touch

Recommended For

7.25 Hours (Online)
27.25 Hours (Live)

Course Length

Excellent Course for ALL Skill Levels

Course Level

YES, this is required!

Required for Certification

What Practitioners Say About Our Courses

Is This Course For You?

YES, if you want greater confidence working with pregnant clients

YES, if you want to know what to look for and how to treat to support smoother births

YES, if you want to learn the physical manipulations to get clients out of pain and restore function

YES, if you want to help pregnant clients prepare for birth based on the specific needs of their bodies

YES, if you want to ensure your clients can effectively push in different positions for better birth outcomes

YES, if you want to get 5 courses in 1 including pelvic and visceral mobilizations, pelvic floor, and energy flow

YES, if you want to successfully work with pregnant clients

Ready to improve birth outcomes?

What Course Option Works Best For You?

Online Self-Paced Option

You will have immediate access to your course upon registration

Course content is easy to follow and includes informational lectures and labs of the techniques taken with multi-angle videos

There are downloadable lecture slides and a course workbook for note taking and in depth review

Downloadable workbook includes photos and an overview of each technique for quick reference

There are short quizzes within the course to ensure learning of key treatment points

You have lifetime access to your course creating a valuable reference video library

7.25 CEU hours are available for this course. For PTs, CEUs are approved in the state of Colorado and those states that have reciprocity (see FAQs for more information).
For OTs, this course meets all requirements for CEU credits for your state licensure and NBCOT.

This course is offered as an online course and as an annual cohort. Registration for the next cohort will open in April 2025.

If you took the online course and want to attend live email us to upgrade and just pay the difference between the courses.

Live In-Person Option

You will meet as a small group of up to 20 students for this 2.5 day in-person training and get individual support from Lynn and staff on the techniques

You will see each technique performed live and be able to practice and experience each technique with instructor support and feedback

The live course includes immediate access to the online course (the online lectures and labs are a prerequisite for the live course)

There are downloadable lecture slides and a course workbook for note taking and in depth review

Downloadable workbook includes photos and an overview of each technique for quick reference

There are short quizzes within the online course to ensure learning of key treatment points

You have lifetime access to the online course creating a valuable video reference library

27.25 CEU hours (7.25 hours online + 20 hours in-person) are available for this course.
For PTs, CEUs are approved in the state of Colorado and those states that have reciprocity (see FAQs for more information). For OTs, this course meets all requirements for CEU credits for your state licensure and NBCOT.

Pricing and Payment Options


Self-paced education that will give you the skills to successfully assess and treat your pregnant clients


San Diego, CA

October 4-6, 2024

Last Day to Enroll: 9/24/24
Seats Remaining: 18

San Juan, Trinidad

November 8-10, 2024

Last Day to Enroll: 10/27/24
Seats Remaining: 23

Course Times

5pm – 8pm Friday
8am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday

Need to Upgrade from Online to Live?

Did you take the online course, but want to attend LIVE to get more feedback on your techniques? If so, EMAIL US and ask about upgrading to the LIVE course. You will pay the difference between the  price of the live course less what you paid for the online course.

Course Unit Sneak Peek: Baby’s Head Position

  • Understand which predisposing factors can influence pregnancy and delivery and what can be done about them.
  • Differentiate between signs and symptoms of low back pain versus pelvic girdle pain
  • Be able to identify the signs and symptoms of pubic symphysis dysfunction and know how to protect the pelvis during labor.
  • Be able to palpate the pelvis and have an idea of the alignment of the pelvis and how different positions during labor can benefit the mom based on her alignment.
  • Understand Pelvic mechanics in labor and delivery and how to influence them with different positions during birth.
  • Understand the different pre-existing back conditions and what labor positions are best for those conditions.
  • Learn to palpate and assess fascia, muscle, bone and joint mobility in the abdomen and pelvis.
  • Learn how to balance the pelvic bones to relieve back and pelvic pain in pregnancy.
  • Understand the motions of the pelvis during birth and the common birth pattern the pelvis goes into for birth.
Module 1 Welcome and Introduction Pregnancy Course
Unit 1 HPBO: Welcome to Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant Body | 4:00  
Unit 2 HPBO: Practicing with Integrity and Respect | 2:34  
Unit 3 Grounding Meditation  
Unit 4 Table Set Up  
Module 2 Key Elements/Concepts of a Smoother Birth
Unit 1 Introduction to Module 2  
Unit 2 Smoother Birth  
Unit 3 Physical Restrictions: Abdomen  
Unit 4 Physical Restrictions: Pelvic Floor Muscle  
Unit 5 Pelvic Restrictions: Pelvis  
Unit 6 Non-Physical Restrictions  
Unit 7 Treatment Philosophy  
Unit 8 Developing a Healing Touch  
Unit 9 Palpating Pubic Joint  
Module 3 The Pelvis
Unit 1 Introduction to Module 3  
Unit 2 Pelvic Motions for Birth  
Unit 3 PSIS Palpation - Prone  
Unit 4 Sacral Rotation Mobility Prone  
Unit 5 Sacral Segment Palpation - Prone  
Unit 6 Sacral ILA Mobility - Prone  
Unit 7 Sacrotuberous Ligament - Prone  
Unit 8 Ischium Mobility - Prone  
Unit 9 Coccyx Palpation - Prone  
Unit 10 Coccygeus Muscles Palpation  
Unit 11 Ilial Mobility - Supine  
Unit 12 Sacral Mobility - Supine  
Unit 13 Sacral Segment Mobility and ILA - Supine  
Unit 14 Sacrotuberous Ligament - Supine  
Unit 15 Coccyx and Coccygeus Muscle Palpation - Supine  
Unit 16 Ischial Mobility and Treatment Supine  
Unit 17 Ischium and Ilium Rebalancing  
Unit 18 Ischial Mobs and Ischium/Ilium  
Unit 19 Ilial Compression Side Lying  
Unit 20 Ischium Seated  
Unit 21 Hands Knees Pelvic Mobilizations  
Unit 22 Ilial Rotations  
Unit 23 Ilial Rotations Supine  
Unit 24 Ilial Rotation Correction Poses and Exercise to Close Pelvic Bones  
Module 4 Abdomen
Unit 1 Introduction to Module 4  
Unit 2 Abdomen and Uterus  
Unit 3 Baby's Head Position  
Unit 4 Lower Abdominal Fascia Release  
Unit 5 Uterine Mobility Assessment  
Unit 6 Broad Ligament Release  
Unit 7 Uterosacral Ligament Supine, Sidelying and US on Pregnant Belly  
Unit 8 Round Ligament  
Unit 9 Pelvic Diaphragm Release  
Unit 10 Inversion with Abdominal Fascial Release  
Module 5 Energy Flow
Unit 1 Introduction to Module 5  
Unit 2 Energy Flow  
Unit 3 Is the Pelvis Still Birthing?  
Unit 4 Energy Flow in Pelvis and Legs  
Unit 5 Standing Position Assessment  
Module 6 The Core
Unit 1 Introduction to Module 6  
Unit 2 Rib Thrusting Lecture  
Unit 3 Rib Thrusting Lab  
Unit 4 PSOAS Release Unilateral and Bilateral  
Unit 5 PSOAS Release Stretches  
Unit 6 Inner Core Activation and Breathing During Labor  
Module 7 Pelvic Floor Muscles
Unit 1 Introduction to Module 7  
Unit 2 Mechanisms of Childbirth  
Unit 3 Pelvic Floor Muscles  
Unit 4 Positions in Birthing  
Unit 5 External Palpation and Release of Levator Ani and Coccygeus Muscles  
Unit 6 Self Exam of Pelvic Muscles  
Unit 7 Internal Treatment of Pelvic Floor Muscles  
Unit 8 Kinesthetic Awareness of Birthing Pressures on Pelvic Floor  
Module 8 Wrapping It Up
Unit 1 Introduction to Module 8  
Unit 2 Putting It All Together  
Unit 3 Course Evaluation  
Unit 4 Final Quiz  

LAB: Sacral Flexion Treatment Supine

INTENTION: To mobility the sacrum into extension to get out of flexed pattern.

HAND POSITIONHand under sacrum with palm at level of S3-4
DIRECTION OF MOTIONForce is directed straight up toward the ceiling
ASSESSMENTTo see how the sacrum moves into extension
TREATMENTLoad the sacrum into extension(toward ceiling) to end range and wait for the tissues to soften and release.

Special Notes: Do not create pain with your treatment. Work on other tissues first then come back and see if less painful. If only one coccygeus muscle has tone, it’s not a sacral flexion pattern but part of the common open birthing pattern. You can learn to treat this in the Holistic Treatment of the Postpartum Body Course.

Day 1: 3 Hours CEU

  • 5:00 – 5:30 Introduction and Grounding Circle
  • 5:30 – 6:00 Questions from Lectures
  • 6:00 – 6:45 Lab: Developing a Healing Touch
  • 6:45 – 7:15 Lab: Ilium PSIS, Sacrum, Coccyx, Ischium Palpation, Sacrotuberous Ligament, Coccyx Distance to Pubic Bone
  • 7:15 – 8:00 Lab: Spring tests – Sacral Rotation, ILA

Day 2: 8.5 Hours CEU

  • 8:00 – 8:30 Grounding Meditation and Check-in
  • 8:30 – 10:00 Lab: Prone ILA, Sacrotuberous Ligament, Ischium, Coccyx Mobility
  • 10:00 – 10:15 BREAK
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Lab: Supine Palpations, Symphysis Pubis, ASIS, Sacrum/Coccyx; Hooklying PSIS/Ischium
  • 10:45 – 12:00 Lab: Supine ILA, Sacrotuberous Ligament, Ischium, Sacrum
  • 12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Lab: ASIS Palpation and Ilial Corrections
  • 1:30 – 2:45 Lab: Seated Ischiums, Sacrum; Kneeling Position Ischiums; Sidelying Ilium
  • 2:45 – 3:00 BREAK
  • 3:00 – 4:30 Releasing Lower Abdominals and Releasing Uterosacral, Round, and Broad Ligament
  • 4:30 – 6:00 LIVE PT DEMO

Day 3: 8.5 Hours

  • 8:00 – 8:30 Grounding – Centering
  • 8:30 – 9:30 Lab: Inversion with Fascial Release  
  • 9:30 – 10:15 Lab: Pelvic Diaphragm Release Technique  
  • 10:15 – 10:30 BREAK
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Lab: Palpating Energy and Birthing Pelvis
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Lab: Rib Thrusting/Psoas Release Diagnosis and Treatment
  • 12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH
  • 1:30 – 2:30 Lab: External Palpation of Pelvic Floor Muscles 
  • 2:30 – 4:00 Lab: Internal Pelvic Floor Exam
  • 4:00 – 4:15 BREAK
  • 4:15 – 5:30 Review Labs with Pregnant Models  
  • 5:30-6:00 Putting It All Together

CEU’s:  20 Hours Live + 7.25 Hours Online = 27.25 CEU Hours in Colorado and states with reciprocity

About Your Instructor

Lynn Schulte, PT

Lynn has been a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist for over 30 years and is the principal instructor/founder at the Institute for Birth Healing. She has been helping moms heal from all types of issues women experience after birth and is now teaching courses to physical therapists to share her expertise. After working with thousands of women, she discovered something they all had in common; the “Open Birthing Pattern.” The Open Birthing Pattern results from the pelvic bones and muscles not returning to normal positioning, mobility, and function after birth, creating pain, discomfort, and dysfunction. All of our courses focus on a holistic approach, assessments, and treatment techniques to relieve pain and discomfort and restore function.

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