In this episode, Founder of Enhanced Recovery After Delivery, Rebeca Segraves, talks about physical and occupational therapy care after childbirth.

Today, Rebeca talks about why this work is important, the ideal OT-PT-patient ratio, and the major mental health component. What should PTs and OTs be assessing in a person after childbirth in the hospital?

Hear about hospital discharge criteria, preventing readmissions, and get Rebeca’s words of advice, all on today’s episode of The Healthy, Wealthy & Smart Podcast.

Key Takeaways

  • “A full evaluation by both disciplines is recommended after any type of delivery.”
  • “A caesarian section is the most commonly performed surgery in the US.”
  • “Among the most developed nations in the world, the US has the highest maternal mortality rate, and it’s climbing.”
  • “The leading cause of death postpartum is now suicide.”
  • “If we offered our services in the hospital after birth, we would see the maternal mortality and morbidity rate go down.”
  • “Change is going to be person-driven.”
  • “Don’t leave the hospital without an OT, without a PT consult.”
  • “Get out and have some fun.”


More about Rebeca Segraves

Head shot of Dr. Rebecca SeagravesRebeca Segraves, PT, DPT is a physical therapist and Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist who has served individuals and families within the hospital and at home during pregnancy and immediately postpartum.

She has extensive experience with optimizing function during long-term hospitalizations for high-risk pregnancy and following perinatal loss and pregnancy termination. In the hospital and home health settings, she has worked with maternal care teams to maximize early recovery after delivery, including caesarean section, birth-related injuries, and following obstetric critical care interventions.

She is the founder of Enhanced Recovery After Delivery™, an obstetrics clinical pathway that maximizes mental and physical function during pregnancy and immediately postpartum, with hospital and in-home occupational and physical therapy. Her vision is that every person will have access to an obstetric rehab therapist during pregnancy and within the first 6 weeks after birth, perinatal loss, and pregnancy termination regardless of their location or ability to pay.


Suggested Keywords

Healthy, Wealthy, Smart, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Childbirth, Surgery, Maternal Care,


To learn more, follow Rebeca at:


Twitter:            @RebecaSegraves.


Instagram:       @enhancedrecoveryandwellness.


LinkedIn:         Dr. Rebeca Segraves.


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