Treating the Pregnant Person:

Professional Considerations

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This course examines the common symptoms and various postural compensations that can be experienced throughout pregnancy. Primary to the content are the professional considerations that allow the therapist to assess the pregnant person effectively. Explore how to take a comprehensive case history, establish goals, and obtain a clinical perspective relative to the needs of the client. This training has been a collaborative creation between Trimesters: Massage Therapy Education and Dexterity Professional Development.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Primary care provider options during pregnancy and birth.
  • The difference between low-risk and higher-risk pregnant clients.
  • How to take an effective Massage Therapy case history and establish goals for the pregnant client.
  • How to establish treatment goals for Massage Therapy.
  • Specifications for preparing a professional clinical setting.
  • Postural compensations that occur during pregnancy.
  • Common assessments to enhance treatment protocols.
  • Common symptoms experienced in pregnancy.
  • Special orthopedic tests for assessment of the pregnant client.

Dexterity Professional Development submits courses for approval to regulatory colleges and associations across Canada. Timelines vary and courses are submitted on a rolling basis. As approvals are granted, this section is updated. Remember to check back often!

Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA) 3 CECs
College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick (CMTNB) 1.5 Category A Credits
Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) 3 Primary Credits
Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) 3 Core Competency/Primary Credits
Massage Therapists' Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) 1.5 Primary CEU
Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) 3 Primary Credits
Massage Therapists & Wholistic Practitioners Association of the Maritimes (MTWPAM) 3 credit hours Primary / Category A
Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) 5 CCP Credits
L'Association des Naturopathes Professionnels du Québec (ANPQ) / L’Association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec (ANQ) / Regroupement des Massothérapeutes du Québec (RMQ) 2 Credits

Under the CMTO’s new Quality Assurance Program (STRiVE), courses are no longer granted approval by the CMTO. It is up to the learner to demonstrate that a course is relevant to their learning goals and the STRiVE competencies. We have provided the description below to help the learner link the course to the STRiVE competencies. A course is often related to more STRiVE competencies than those listed.

The competencies below are established in the CMTO continuing education guidelines. This course addresses the competencies in many ways, including those described below.

Work within areas of personal knowledge and skills. This course provides the RMT with the opportunity to fill gaps in knowledge in how to take a thorough health history, what the basic symptom picture is, and what common assessments are used for the healthy pregnant person. 

Function in a client-centred manner. Having the understanding of the common symptom and clinical presentation of the healthy pregnant person, allows the therapist to focus in a client-centred manner.

Communicate effectively. This course provides the RMT with the tools needed to communicate effectively with various pregnant clients. This will allow them to establish goals, obtain a thorough health history and modify assessments based on the client’s needs.

Manage time and resources effectively. This course provides the RMT with the resources to provide thorough and effective intake and assessment which will allow them to manage their time with the pregnant person more effectively.

Use an evidence-informed approach in your work. This course was developed based on current evidence and research by the owner of Trimesters: Massage Therapy Education, Cindy McNeely. Cindy has been an RMT in the field since 1985 and co-founded Trimesters: Massage Therapy Education in 1995. The Dexterity PD promise is to evaluate every course on a biannual basis to ensure any developments or changes in the profession are reflected in course content. Thus, RMTs who take this course and adopt its recommendations can be assured that they are practicing in a manner consistent with current developments. A resource list is included in the downloadable guide to every course so that RMTs can conduct further research and/or confirm course findings. Any treatment recommendations are based on this research and the opinion and experience of the RMT who developed the course. All course content and recommendations have been evaluated by two additional RMTs to affirm the accuracy of the content. For more details, please see Our Quality Control Process.





This course has been created in collaboration with Trimesters: Massage Therapy Education.

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