The department’s aim is to provide excellent patient centred, innovative and evidenced-based care in the physiotherapy management of maternity, gynaecological and paediatric conditions.
Knowing how to do your pelvic floor muscle exercises is really important and can help you prevent or stop urine from leaking.
The physiotherapists in the Rotunda Hospital have made five videos on learning about pelvic floor muscles, doing your pelvic floor muscle exercises, leaking urine and doing exercises after you have your baby.
We made the videos so that all women can receive reliable, trustworthy, free information and to let women know that::
Leaking urine or wetting yourself when you do not mean to (also known as urinary incontinence), can be treated with pelvic floor muscle exercises (PFME). PFME help reduce symptoms of urinary leakage; in some cases leading to temporary or even permanent relief.
We know from research done at the Rotunda Hospital as part of the MAMMI study, that:
We also know from looking at our antenatal class attendance records that only half of first time mothers and fewer than one in twenty women having their second or subsequent baby received PFME education, taught during the antenatal classes in the Rotunda Hospital.
Each video is just 3-6 minutes long. Please click on the relevant video to watch:
Introduction to the videos from the Rotunda's physiotherapy manager, Cinny Cusack
Video 1: Getting to know your pelvic floor
Once you have watched the videos, we would love to hear what you thought of them, and in particular, if you found them a good way of providing information.
We would also like to know if you did pelvic floor muscle exercises in the past and if you have ever experienced leaking of urine.
To give us your feedback, please click on this PFME Survey link.
Thank you from the Rotunda Physiotherapy Team.
If you are unable to attend an appointment, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the appointment to somebody else.
If you do not attend your appointment and have not phoned to cancel it, we will send you a letter asking you to make another appointment.
If you do not contact us within 2-3 weeks, we will assume that you and/or your baby will not be attending for physiotherapy and you will be discharged from our service.
Physiotherapists are involved in caring for mums to be and new mums through a range of different services.
We provide 'preparation for parenthood' classes with the parent education midwife.
The physiotherapy classes are:
Class 1 (mums only)
Class 2 (partners welcome)
Class 6 (partners welcome)
To book a place for one of these classes, please ring one of the following numbers:
Public patient 01 873 0632 or 873 0596
Semi-private patient 01 874 0992
Pelvic girdle pain describes pain in the any of the three pelvic joints. It is common but not normal and can affect 1 in 5 women during pregnancy. Postural changes that occur during pregnancy may also cause lower back or thoracic (chest) pain.
Your doctor may refer you to the physiotherapist and you may be asked to complete a questionnaire about how the pain is affecting you on a day to day basis.
Note: We only treat problems associated with pregnancy.
If you have a pre-existing back condition you should continue to see your own chartered physiotherapist as normal.
We run a weekly postnatal exercise class every Thursday morning from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm. The class will help you to gradually regain your physical strength after pregnancy and birth. It will include pelvic floor exercises, returning to exercise advice and we will check that you are doing your abdominal (tummy) exercises correctly. New mums can attend up to 6 weeks after a vaginal birth or 8 weeks after a caesarean section. This class is free of charge and you may bring your baby with you, but no older children are allowed. To book a place, please phone 01 817 1787.
Pregnancy and birth may result in bladder and bowel control problems. It is important that you receive physiotherapy treatment to help prevent any long term problems. Treatments may include advice, education, pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation, bladder retraining and manual therapy.
Any women with a 3rd or 4th degree tear following birth will be given a date for an outpatient physiotherapy appointment before they leave hospital or else it will be sent in the post. We try to see all women within 2 weeks of birth. Further appointments will be arranged as necessary.
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