The Low Down

  • Pelvic Floor 101

    Let's demystify the pelvic floor and discuss the changes that occur to these muscles during pregnancy and birth. Learn how pelvic pain and diastasis rectus abdominis are related to the pelvic floor.

  • Pregnancy Toolbox

    Learn how to help you clients prepare the muscles directly involved in the birthing process. Topics such as: exercise during pregnancy, posture, perineal massage, pregnancy support belts, disastasis and so much more...

  • Postpartum Toolbox

    Support your clients in starting a successful postpartum recovery of their pelvic floor. Topics such as: postpartum pooping, considerations for exercise, perineal and c-section scar care and so much more...

What doulas are saying

5 star rating

Absolute recommended!

Laura Knobloch

Inspiring and easy to understand for everyone! I like the way of knowledge transfer by working with picuters, model and short videos.

Inspiring and easy to understand for everyone! I like the way of knowledge transfer by working with picuters, model and short videos.

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5 star rating

So informative, helpful suggestions

Angie Marchinkow

I wish this information was more common! Grateful Melissa has put this together for moms and doulas. I appreciate the amount of detail around common experien...

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I wish this information was more common! Grateful Melissa has put this together for moms and doulas. I appreciate the amount of detail around common experiences, options, and what to expect in treatments.

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5 star rating

Loved this course!

Elise Ruel

Mel’s class is fun, information packed and was easy to fit the course into my busy schedule. I love that I can watch at my own pace, print the notes and rev...

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Mel’s class is fun, information packed and was easy to fit the course into my busy schedule. I love that I can watch at my own pace, print the notes and review the lessons whenever I need a refresher. I feel like I am able to offer even better support to my birth and postpartum clients since I’ve taken her course. Thanks Mel! Elise Ruel Elise Ruel Doula Services

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5 star rating

All of the info, none of the overwhelm!

Addie LeBoeuf

Short version: Mel is wonderful and this course is packed with useful information to guide Doulas. Long version: Often times, when I get a new client or a...

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Short version: Mel is wonderful and this course is packed with useful information to guide Doulas. Long version: Often times, when I get a new client or an inquiry from someone with a specific concern they express feeling "too overwhelmed" by everything that they have read or have been told to do so far. A big part of my job is to help clean that up and then provide them with a basic set of tools to set a strong foundation - from there, everything is "extra." This course provided me with enough of an understanding of the pelvic floor and some really simple yet effective tools that I can incorporate into that foundation without causing an overload. That speaks to Mel's expertise, as she was able to present this information so simply. Additionally, I feel better equipped to help my clients to understand the importance and the role of a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist (most have never even heard of them!). I am looking forward to future courses by Mommy Berries and will absolutely continue to recommend the Prenatal and Postpartum courses to clients!

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5 star rating

Very Informative

jerneice hicks

Highly recommend this course! This course has brought awareness to many things I had very little knowledge about as a Doula! I love how Melissa broke it down...

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Highly recommend this course! This course has brought awareness to many things I had very little knowledge about as a Doula! I love how Melissa broke it down from basic understanding, prenatal and then postpartum! Most importantly she has compiled resources and ways us birth workers can aid our clients whether through exercise or references.

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5 star rating

Such Important Information!

Samantha McClellan

I've been a doula for over 7 years and I've never seen this information presented in such a concise and cohesive way all in one training. Rather than gatheri...

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I've been a doula for over 7 years and I've never seen this information presented in such a concise and cohesive way all in one training. Rather than gathering bits and pieces of info from different sources, this training brings all of the pertinent pelvic floor information (anatomy, structure, purpose, pregnancy impacts, birth impacts, and postpartum recovery) together so that doulas can really learn and help educate and guide their clients. It also explained certain exercises such as muscle activation and relaxation and perineal massage in a way that I had never even heard of before and it definitely changed the way I will look at those exercises in the future.

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5 star rating

A Great Blend of Technical + Practical Information

stephanie rattenbury

I've been looking for ways to enhance my knowledge about the pelvic floor but have run into challenges finding information that was either at my (beginner!) ...

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I've been looking for ways to enhance my knowledge about the pelvic floor but have run into challenges finding information that was either at my (beginner!) level. This was easy to digest and understand and I feel like I have a much better grasp on the information I was seeking. I will definitely be able to incorporate the information shared into my doula practice.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction (7 mins)

    • Welcome

    • Please read

  • 2

    Chapter 1: Understand (21mins)

    • The Pelvic Floor

    • Changes To The Body During Pregnancy

    • Resources for your clients

    • Postpartum Snapshot

    • PDF summary

    • BONUS content

    • Chapter 1 Quiz

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Pregnancy Toolbox (40 mins)

    • Introduction

    • Posture

    • Exercise

    • Prepare the pelvic floor

    • Perineal massage

    • Prepare for delivery

    • Products during pregnancy

    • PDF summary

    • Resources for your pregnant clients

    • BONUS content

    • Chapter 2 Quiz

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Postpartum Toolbox (18 mins)

    • Introduction

    • Products for postpartum

    • Vaginal birth

    • Cesarean birth

    • Resources for your postpartum clients

    • PDF summary

    • BONUS content

    • Chapter 3 Quiz

    • Summary

The Teacher

Instructor

Melissa Dessaulles

Hi my name is Melissa Dessaulles. I am a pelvic health physical therapist and founder of Mommy Berries. I’m a mom of 2 who enjoys an active lifestyle. Through my own postpartum journey, I recognized the lack of support and guidance for new moms. Women everywhere are experiencing life changing, sometimes embarrassing symptoms, that are not discussed. I have a passion to educate and advocate for proactive rather than reactive pelvic floor health care. I believe that by acknowledging the pelvic floor’s role in childbirth and providing client-centred rehabilitation, women can come out feeling empowered. You can find me in person at Wave Physiotherapy in Kelowna, Canada and on social media @mommyberrieshealth.