Maternal Year

Eastern Health provides Physiotherapy management to support women during pregnancy and following delivery, including:

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists can assist in the management of common musculoskeletal conditions associated with pregnancy and early parenting including:

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (pain in the pelvic joints at the front or back of the pelvis)
  • Back and neck pain
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome and wrist pain
  • Weakness and stretching of the abdominal muscles
  • Exercise advice during pregnancy and for new mothers. We run supported exercises programs for women during pregnancy and for new mothers.
    • Mums in Training program
    • Mother and Baby program

Maternity Ward Physiotherapy

Available at Eastern Health Box Hill and Eastern Health Angliss

Our physiotherapists visit the maternity wards and provide early management and education to help women look after themselves following birth.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Available at Eastern Health Box Hill and Eastern Health Angliss

Physiotherapists provide assessment and management of bladder, bowel or pelvic floor concerns associated with pregnancy and childbirth for woman who will be birthing with Eastern Health. If you give birth with Eastern Health you can access this service both during your pregnancy and for the first 3 months following delivery. If ongoing management is required you may be referred on to our Continence Service. The service also provides management of new onset of continence or pelvic floor concerns within 3 months of a related acute surgical admission.

Continence Management

Physiotherapists with our Continence Services at Yarra Ranges and the Eastern Health Peter James assess and treat women and men with bladder, bowel or pelvic floor concerns. For more information on the Continence Service, please follow the link to the side.

Please see the Women’s & Mens Health Physiotherapy Referral Guide (link in orange box at right) for further information on which of our service may be the most appropriate.

Our services have variable wait times which you will be advised of. You may also wish to pursue private options- refer to the CFA Physiotherapy Group website to find a provider specialising in Pelvic floor physiotherapy.

If you have had the condition for more than 6 months, you could also discuss with your GP the possibility of obtaining a GP Management Plan. This can enable you to claim Medicare rebates for some private allied health services. More info.

Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy Guide (DOC, 410KB)

Please also refer to the following Eastern Health programs: