Prenatal Postpartum Fitness Consulting (PPFC)


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Catherine Cram MS is an exercise physiologist and leading expert over the past 20 years in the field of maternal fitness. Her consulting company, “Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness” specializes in providing the most current maternal exercise information and continuing education courses to health and fitness professionals. Our CE certificate course “Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design” provides continuing education credit for organizations ranging from ACE, ACSM, and Lamaze and ICEA.... more less
11674 Mid Town Road
Verona, WI 53593
Phone Number(877) 582-2227

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DescriptionAudiences A continuing education course for personal trainers, group exercise instructors, and health/fitness professionals working with pregnant and postpartum women. Product Description Course components can be delivered as printed products or online: • Workbook • Continuing education exam Discover what every fitness professional working with pre- and postnatal women should know about designing safe and appropriate exercise routines with the Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design, Fourth Edition CE Course. Learn the effect of exercise on maternal and fetal health and how to set intensity levels and modify exercise based on guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOCG). This course covers the latest research; demonstrates appropriate core strengthening and pelvic floor exercises; and includes suspended body-weight, flexibility, relaxation, and breathing exercises. It also suggests guidelines for strength training, water exercise, and competitive sports during pregnancy. This self-guided course allows you to work at your own pace and explore the material through a comprehensive text and study guide, finishing with a 55-question exam composed of multiple-choice and true-or-false questions (test may be taken online, or mailed/faxed) and certificate and CEs provided at completion and passing of test. Course Objectives • Identify the current research and the effects of exercise on maternal and fetal health. • Describe anatomical and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy. • Discuss the current American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and international guidelines for exercise during pregnancy and postpartum. • Outline safe and appropriate exercise design for prenatal and postpartum women and discuss considerations for training during pregnancy and postpartum. • Identify specific and appropriate exercises and activities for prenatal and postpartum women. • Explain the benefits and guidelines of water exercises for pregnant clients. • Outline suggestions for initiating or enhancing a prenatal and postpartum exercise program. • Identify postnatal exercise goals and program design considerations for recover from both vaginal birth and cesarean delivery. • Identify complications and common conditions of pregnancy and postpartum and management strategies. • Discuss fitness practitioners’ professional responsibilities, including health screening, monitoring exercise, record keeping, and emergency procedures. • Identify available resources that can be used in prenatal and postpartum exercise instruction and programming. Contents About This Course Chapter 1 Benefits of Exercise During and After Pregnancy Effect of Prenatal Exercise on Maternal Health Effect of Exercise on Fetal Health Effect of Postpartum Exercise on Maternal Health and Infant Growth Self-Check Quiz Chapter 2 Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy Cardiovascular and Circulatory Changes During Pregnancy Respiratory Changes During Pregnancy Metabolic and Thermal Changes During Pregnancy Anatomical Changes During Pregnancy Self-Check Quiz Chapter 3 Prenatal Exercise Prescription ACOG Guidelines Reaffirmed 2009 International Guidelines for Exercise During Pregnancy and Postpartum Prenatal Exercise Design Prenatal Exercises The Pregnant Competitive Athlete Self-Check Quiz Chapter 4 Postnatal Exercise Prescription Postnatal Expectations Vaginal Birth Recovery Program Cesarean Delivery Recovery Program Scar Mobilization Core Strengthening Exercises After Cesarean Delivery Postpartum Exercise Prescription Abdominal Rehabilitation Strength Training Proper Body Mechanics and Ergonomics Exercise and Breastfeeding Check Points Self-Check Quiz Chapter 5 Maternal Exercise Program Design Instructor Responsibilities Safety Program Goals Fitness Components Exercise Session Format Choreography Mainstreaming the Pregnant Student Self-Check Quiz Chapter 6 Complications and Common Conditions of Pregnancy and Postpartum Obstetrical Complications Common Conditions Bed Rest Self-Check Quiz Chapter 7 Professional Responsibilities Health Screening for Physical Activity Monitoring Exercise Record Keeping Scope of Practice Emergency Procedures Self-Check Quiz Self-Check Quizzes Answer Key Client Handouts Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy Weight Gain During Pregnancy Essential Nutrients During Pregnancy Common Complaints and Problems During Pregnancy Exercise Dos and Don’ts for Prenatal Women Nutritional Needs Postpartum and When Breastfeeding Weight Loss While Breastfeeding Lifting and Carrying Safely Proper Body Mechanics When Lifting Your Baby Forms Health History Questionnaire Status of Current Pregnancy Physician Consent Form Maternal Fitness Class Record Glossary References Resources CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS ACE .7 ACSM 7.0 AFAA 7.0 AFPA 7.0 Canfitpro- FIS 4.0 Canfitpro- PFS 4.0 Canfitpro- PTS 4.0 CDR 7.0 CFES-PT 7.0 Cooper 7.0 CPTN 4.0 ECA 7.0 ICEA 16.0 (birthing instructors may take course through ICEA) ISSA 7.0 Lamaze Pending NASN .7 NETA 7.0 NFPT 1.0 NSPA 7.0 PTBC .7
Course Material Price $0.00
Exam Price $0.00
Exam Delivery Method Online
Practical Exam RequiredNo
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEC
CategoryLife & Wellness Coaching, Special Populations