It's not uncommon for moms to experience postpartum health issues such as incontinence, pain during intercourse or abdominal separation — but it is uncommon for American women to be treated for those issues, which many moms believe are just things they have to deal with for the rest of their lives, according to two local doctors.
Drs. Jena Beise and Erin Shinkle are working to change that with Heal at Home Moms, an online education and exercise program for postpartum women.
When Beise first entered the field eight years ago, she and another physical therapist were the only two certified in pelvic floor therapy, and many women still don't have access to a therapist in their area, she said.
"We want women to know pelvic floor physical therapy is there," said Beise, adding that while there are other postpartum programs out there, most are put out by people without any training in postpartum care.
Both she and Shinkle are doctors of physical therapy with pelvic rehabilitation practitioner certification, the highest certification in the pelvic rehabilitation field.
Participants in the Heal at Home Moms eight-week program get access to a new video online each week, with the option to get the education and exercise program for $129.99, or $97.99 for just education. Women who purchase either plan get access to the videos for life.
Whether women start the program six months or six decades after pregnancy, Beise said it can help them fix issues such as posture, constipation, pain, abdominal separation and urinary leakage. Many postpartum women she sees have lived with postpartum health issues for a decade or more because they didn't know they could be fixed.
"My hope is to help women heal so they have less complications," she said. "You can definitely make it better and learn about your body in the process."
Women who don't feel the program is helping within 30 days can get a full refund, and are welcome to email or message Beise and Shinkle with any questions, she added.
In the future, Beise said they'd like to launch programs for pregnant and post-menopausal women as well.
For more information or to purchase, visit healathomemoms.com. To get 25% off, use the code MOTHERS25.
Email Emily Crisman at firstname.lastname@example.org.