Introduction to the Pelvic Floor During Pregnancy - elearning for healthcare
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About the Introduction to the Pelvic Floor During Pregnancy programme

The intention for this module is to provide those working closely with new and expectant mums with a basic understanding of the pelvic floor, its function and how pregnancy affects it.  It is hoped that with this basic knowledge you will feel comfortable to initiate conversations about the importance of looking after their pelvic floor throughout the pre and post-natal period, the exercises they can do,  what to expect in the weeks after birth and when and whom to ask for help if problems persist.

This module will cover:

  • the structure and anatomy of the pelvic floor
  • the mechanism and function of the pelvic floor, with reference to the ante-natal, intrapartum, and post-natal period
  • the effects of pregnancy and childbirth on the pelvic floor mechanism during the ante-natal, intrapartum, and post-natal period
  • the principles of teaching pelvic floor exercises
  • the importance of maintaining maternal levels of general fitness
  • when to seek help


Thanks to those who took part in the review process:  

  • Sally Ashton-May, Health Education England
  • Jacqui Williams, Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Carmel Lloyd, Royal College of Midwives
  • Christine Hughes, Royal Cornwall Hospitals
  • Lucy Johnson, Betterbirths Clinical Lead Midwife
  • Teresa Shalofsky, Lead Midwife for Education

Meet the team

  • Louise Morgan

    Louise Morgan

    Project Manager, HEE Maternity Team.
  • Jane Dixon FCSP

    Jane Dixon FCSP

    Independent Consultant Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, Montagu House Healthcare
  • Karole Smith

    Karole Smith

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Rob Taylor 80 x 80

    Rob Taylor

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Victoria Ward

    Victoria Ward

    Lead Learning Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Louise Garrahan

    Louise Garrahan

    Communications and Stakeholder Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Catherine Moran

    Catherine Moran

    Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Introduction to the Introduction to the Pelvic Floor During Pregnancy programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR

The Introduction to the Pelvic Floor During Pregnancy programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.
Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Introduction to the Pelvic Floor During Pregnancy programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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