CORRESPONDENCE/ONLINE COURSE & EXAM ($319 per teacher)
All potential teachers begin with the Basic Pre/postnatal Study Course Certification.
The first step is the correspondence/online Study Course, then the Basic exam. Those who pass are certified as a Basic Pre/postnatal Fitness Instructor and may enroll in a Practicum to learn hands-on teaching skills based on evidence for best practices. This results in a full certification. If they already have a program or are prepared to create their own program without assistance, they may conclude training without a Practicum or full certification. The Course Outline and Objectives are detailed further down this page.
COURSE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:
1. Contact via email: email@example.com with your name, mailing address, phone, email and interest in registering for the teacher training and we will follow up. PTPN members add your membership number. Or, call 203–481-2200. The best times to call are M-W-F from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Eastern time).
2. Select appropriate fee and pay via PayPal (below) for Study Course & Exam. Or, return the registration form we send to you, with a check via regular mail.
3. As soon as we have confirmation from PayPal or receive a check, the course workbook is emailed out. The workbook is the study guide for the course, with related pages from the textbook or online content referred to in the workbook. NOTE: Follow the workbook in preparing to take your exam. You have 6 weeks from the point of registration to take the exam. We grade the exams immediately and notify participants by email. Exam must be passed (78%) prior to attending a Practicum.
UPCOMING PRACTICUM SCHEDULE
For information on the Practicum, including dates, location and curriculum go to the Practicum page.
checking for diastasis
creating aerobic skills
learning patient protection policies
The one-day Practicum includes hands-on training focused on program goals and effective program design. Participants develop their own exercise units for Mind/Body skills, Core Strength, Range of Motion and fun Cardio activities. Assessment techniques — such as checking for diastasis, evaluation of the relaxation response, and analyzing music structure for use in class — are learned. Re-alignment, core recovery, and relief of sciatica and carpal tunnel are also covered. Practicum objectives are outlined further down this page. The Practicum curriculum outline is on the Practicum Calendar page.
The DTP Practicum on Pre/postnatal Fitness course has been approved for 4.5 State of California continuing education hours by PTPN, the Continuing Education Approval Agency.
PRACTICUM REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:
If you register as an individual for the Practicum at the same time as the Course, there is no charge for the Practicum. If you are registering a group, the first registrant is free and the additional registrants are $25 per person. Renewals are $45 per person; first time Renewal is $35.
1. Contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203–481-2200 to reserve a place in the Practicum. Include your name, phone and email.
2. Select appropriate fee and pay via PayPal (below) for the Practicum. Or, return the registration form we send to you, with a check via regular mail.
STUDY COURSE CONTENT & LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Participants successfully completing the exam will be able to…
…locate valid, reliable and relevant data and research findings about exercise for pregnant women, postpartum women and moms & babies.
…identify and explain the significance of major physiologic characteristics of pregnancy, pre-labor signs, major events of labor and birth, the puerperium and the extended postpartum period, as well as how they lead to the development of goals and priorities of physical activity for this population.
…describe appropriate types of physical activity for the pre/postnatal population.
…identify and explain major interactions of exercise, pregnancy and the postpartum period; that is, areas in which pregnancy influences exercise measurement, in which exercise has an impact on pregnancy and its outcome, or both phenomena occur simultaneously, including:
• Cardiovasculature and Hemodynamics (placental development, shifts in cardiovascular measurement, hypotensive or low blood pressure syndromes, hypertensive or high blood pressure disorders and uteroplacental blood flow)
• Thermoregulation — why we sometimes feel hot and how our body cools in pregnancy
• Metabolism (hyperinsulinemia, gestational diabetes, weight gain or loss, obesity, effects of economic or social issues, nutrition and type of work, stress, normal energy needs in pregnancy and effects of metabolic shifts of pregnancy on the immune system)
• Respiration and Acid-Balance
• Psycho-Social phenomena associated with pregnancy and birth
• Fetal Responses
• Pregnancy Outcomes
• Puerperium and Extended Postpartum period (physiologic and psychosocial changes).
…identify the necessary and sufficient components of exercise that safely and effectively meet the goals and priorities of physical activity for this population, based on current research and theory
…identify guidelines for nutritional sufficiency for pre-conception, pregnant and breastfeeding women.
…demonstrate abilities to do adequate needs assessment, intake procedures (including HIPAA modifications), acquire informed consent when collecting data on clients, limit liability, and evaluate program outcomes for the pre/postnatal population.
…explain why and how to develop a supportive network of obstetrical and allied professionals to serve as advisors, and how to effectively market to the target population.
The test is primarily multiple choice
The following textbook is pre-seminar reading:
Cowlin, AF. 2002. Women’s Fitness Program Development. Human Kinetics.
Please read chapters 1 and 5–11 in the textbook (purchase separately).
Further pre-exam reading is designated in the workbook and is located on this website.
Workbook is supplied via e-mail and other materials via regular mail.
All materials and the test are in English.
PRACTICUM CONTENT & LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Practicum participants will be able to…
…identify the necessary and sufficient components of exercise that safely and effectively meet the goals and priorities of physical activity for this population, based on current research and theory, including:
• Mind/Body — Centering (balance, core strength, abdominal breathing, associative focus)
• Relaxation Response & Stress Management
• Strength, Flexibility & Special Exercises, including kegels, birth squats, diastasis assessment,etc.
• Cardiovascular Conditioning
…demonstrate the ability to design and/or modify appropriate exercise components for this population.
NEW HAVEN LOCATION INFORMATION:
Headquarters’ Practicum Days are held at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Local hotels include the New Haven Hotel (203–498-3100), The Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale (800–843-6664 or 203–772-6664) and the Marriott Courtyard at Yale (203–777-6221). Rates range from about US$ 89 — $ 189. Rates vary, depending on the hotel and what is else is happening at Yale that weekend.
The closest airport is Tweed-New Haven (HVN). It is a US$ 10 — $ 15 taxi ride to the hospital or hotels. You can walk to the hospital from the hotels. There is also an airport near Hartford (about an hour north of New Haven) called Bradley (BDL) airport. This is a larger airport. To get from Bradley to New Haven, go to ground transportation and ask for the Connecticut Limo. Round trip to New Haven is about US $ 70. Take the limo service to New Haven, then a taxi to the hotel or hospital ($ 5 — $ 10). For those coming from abroad, Connecticut Limo service also runs from Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports.
It is also possible to bring the Practicum to your facility, if you have 12 — 15 qualified participants.
Call 203–481-2200 or contact email@example.com for more information. Best days/times to call: M-W-F 10 am. — 3 p.m. (Eastern U.S. time).