Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy services are offered to all women giving birth at Monash Health.

We offer a comprehensive, evidenced-based Physiotherapy service to all patients during their pregnancy and after birth. Our main objective is to help you through the physical changes in pregnancy and with your postnatal recovery, and to support you to live your best, active life.

We recommend our two educational videos as a first point of contact:

Physiotherapy in pregnancy class

Physiotherapy after birth class

These videos will take you through the best ways to care for your body that include simple strategies and exercises to prevent and relieve common issues and aches and pains.

There is a contact email address at the end of each video if you have any further questions or wish to book in to see one of the Physiotherapists.

Below are our Physiotherapy services for pregnant and postnatal women:

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Telehealth and in-person services are offered.

If your pregnancy related ache or pain is not resolved after implementing the advice and exercises from the videos, please talk to your midwife at your next appointment about a referral to our team.

Postnatal Physiotherapy Assessment Clinic

All women who have given birth with the assistance of forceps, have a longer pushing time or have a baby greater than 4kg will be seen on the maternity ward and then offered a 6 week postnatal telehealth appointment. This is so we can ensure you are recovering well and have all the information, advice and exercises to support your recovery. If a face-to-face appointment is required, the Physiotherapist can facilitate this.

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

This face-to-face and telehealth service is offered to any women in their pregnancy or postnatally that has:

  • Urinary or faecal urgency or incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Voiding dysfunction
  • A 3rd or 4th degree perineal tear

A referral will be made for you by your midwife or the Physiotherapist. Please make sure you talk about the issues you are having at your next appointment or email the Physiotherapy team after watching the video.

We have strong evidence about Physiotherapy’s role in supporting you during your pregnancy and beyond. Please be in contact as to how we can best support you.