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Pre/Postnatal Specialist Course

Train your clients for the event of a lifetime

Each year, millions of people enter the ultimate athletic event of pregnancy. It is a journey that taxes the human body in an unparalleled way, and those navigating it deserve the best possible coaching. However, most are often bombarded with confusing or conflicting information that leaves them unprepared to manage the specific stresses placed on their bodies. You have the power to change this paradigm. You can help your clients achieve their “personal best” in the event of their lives. All you need to do is enroll in our self-paced online course, and we’ll take it from there – guiding you through your learning journey step-by-step with all the tools and resources you need to become the coach that every new and expecting parent deserves.

This course launches on October 18th! Click below to get the course details, an exclusive bonus, and even a chance to try a portion of the course FREE before it launches. 

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Discover An Approach That Will Set You Apart

Just as running a marathon or playing a tennis match requires a training program specific to those activities, the same is true for the pregnancy journey. The demands are specific. The training should be too. Discover how our evidence-based Performance Training Approach will help you prepare your clients to successfully manage the stresses of pregnancy and birth, tackle the physical demands of parenthood, and not only recover, but emerge even stronger.

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Course Structure

Self-Paced Online Learning

Progress through the 18 learning modules at your own pace (approximately 30-35 hours) via our state-of-the art online learning platform (mobile-friendly). You have 1-year access to complete the course, but all materials are available for download. 

Comprehensive Course Materials

  • Webinar, PDF, Self-Check for Each Module
  • Full Course Electronic Textbook
  • Movement & Instructional Videos
  • Fillable Intake & Assessment Forms
  • Programming Templates
  • Case Studies & Sample Workouts
  • Client Handouts & Resources
  • Pre/Postnatal Specialist Certificate (upon completion)
  • CECs: NASM 1.9, ACE 2.8, ACSM 28, AFAA 15, CANFITPRO 4.0

Course Contents

Regardless of your incoming level of pre & postnatal knowledge, our goal is to ensure you come away feeling like an expert. Discover the learning journey you will embark on.

Explore how childbirth has evolved since the days of our ancestors. Understand the practices of early peoples to learn strategies for how you can best prepare and support your clients through this most complex and taxing journey.

Learn how applying the evidence-based principles of performance-based program design can help your clients better manage the specific stresses placed on their bodies and emerge even stronger.

Understand the stresses and demands placed on the body during pregnancy so you know how to prepare your clients to manage them. Learn about 8 key changes that have the greatest implications for your work with your clients.

Discover what happens during childbirth, including the key factors that influence success and implications for your prenatal program design. Then, explore the (very physical) demands of new parenthood and why it is so important to begin training for these demands during pregnancy.

With the information you learned in modules 3 and 4 (exploring the demands of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood), you will see how this all comes together into a 3-Stage Prenatal Performance Training Framework. This module introduces you to the framework at a high level, then covers Stage 1 (Foundation) in detail.

After building a solid foundation of alignment, deep core activation, and movement mechanics in Stage 1, now learn how to progress your clients through Stages 2 and 3 (Strength and Birth Prep). Discover how to help your clients safely and effectively build strength to mitigate pains and injuries, then prepare for birth and early postpartum recovery.

Now that you have an understanding of the prenatal programming framework, you’ll learn how to assess your pregnant clients so that you know exactly how to progress each individual through it. Learn a 3-step process to comprehensively assess your new client while providing value and setting the stage for a long-lasting relationship. This module provides an overview of the 3-step process, and includes a fillable intake form for you to use with your clients.

One component of the 3-step assessment process is the Movement Assessment, but this warrants its own module. Discover a unique and powerful goal-based assessment strategy that will give you deeper insight into how your clients move in real life so you get more accurate information. We also show you how to adapt this assessment for virtual settings and provide a fillable checklist for both in-person and virtual assessments.

Before we get into the detail of prenatal program design (in Module 10), it’s important to first understand the common pregnancy-induced pains & injuries because the movements you select will play a significant role in either helping your client mitigate these or exacerbating them – and we want to ensure you’re doing the former.

This module begins by discussing the three primary causes of most pregnancy-induced pains & injuries (and therefore the three key management strategies), then goes into detail on 8 of the most common issues: low back pain, diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunction, sacroiliac (SI) join dysfunction, sciatica, symphysis pubis dysfunction, round ligament pain, and carpal tunnel. Understand the key causes of each, and how to prevent or manage.

Modules 5 and 6 provided an overview of our Prenatal Programming Framework. Now, learn how to take that framework and design a comprehensive training program for different client types – from the overarching program (macrocycle), to the smaller skill-based stages (mesocycles), and the individual sessions (microcycles). You will also learn movements to avoid or regress by trimester.

By the time you’ve completed Module 10, you will have all the info you need to design effective prenatal training programs for clients of all fitness levels and stages. Modules 11 and 12 will cover some additional information to help you effectively coach and support your pregnant client.

Gain foundational knowledge on pregnancy weight gain, caloric needs by trimester, and nutrition. Learn how to support your clients in a manner that fits within your scope of practice, with some additional resources included to share with your clients.

Our final prenatal module focuses on pregnancy psychological considerations and coaching strategies. While no two pregnancies are the same, there are some general changes by trimester that are somewhat universal. Learn how to support your clients in the best way as they navigate this major life transition, and how to manage the difficult situation of a pregnancy loss.

This is the first postpartum module. Learn about the physical considerations of the body after birth – from the implications of various labor experiences (vaginal and cesarean), to weight loss, and skin and fascia healing. Understand what the “postpartum checkup” is (and what it’s not), and come away with tips to help expedite your client’s recovery.

While a new baby brings many wonderful changes, it also brings challenges – a massive life transition, immense physical changes, a potential loss of self, and more. Learn effective coaching strategies for working with postpartum clients and get tips for managing some of the common challenges you might encounter. This module also includes an overview on Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), including how to spot and manage a client who might be experiencing one.

This module begins the postpartum programming modules. It follows the same 4-step process as prenatal, but it goes much faster because so much of the groundwork has already been laid.

Similar to prenatal, in this module you will learn the 3-Stage Postpartum Programming Framework, then dive into Stage 1 (Foundation) in detail. The primary focus will be on learning the Core Recovery Protocol that you will take all postpartum clients through to help rebuild the core after birth and heal from diastasis recti and/or a cesarean birth.

With a solid foundation of alignment, core strength, and movement mechanics built, learn how to progress your clients through Stages 2 and 3 (Strength and Performance) – from core progressions, to increasing strength, to a step-by-step process to safely introduce impact and other higher intensity work.

The postpartum assessment process is nearly identical to prenatal, but adds in one additional assessment — the Diastasis Recti (DR) Check. Learn how to check for DR in a manner that improves your testing accuracy and gives you a clearer understanding of your clients’ core integrity. Just as with prenatal, we also include a fillable new client intake form for you to use with your postpartum clients.

Finally, just like module 10, learn how to take the postpartum training framework and design a comprehensive program for different client types (macrocycle, mesocycles, and microcyles). You will also learn where to use caution as clients are still healing, and how to spot when a movement is not appropriate for your client.

At the end of the course, there is a 2-hour timed exam that you take at home on your computer or device (no testing center). The exam consists of 80 multiple choice questions. You must receive an 85% (68 questions correct) to pass.

Upon successful completion, you receive your certificate as a Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist and CECs. If you do not pass on the first try, exam re-tests can be purchased for $35 (see additional details in FAQs).

Course Benefits

This course combines the very latest research with input from thought leaders across a variety of healthcare disciplines. The course materials are updated every 1-2 years to reflect new research and participant feedback. Learn more about the other unique course benefits below.

Certificate & CECs

Receive your certificate as a Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist as well as CECs (ACE 2.8, ACSM 28, NASM 1.9, AFAA 15.0, CANFITPRO 4.0). If you are currently certified by a different body, you can petition for CECs (See FAQs).

Resource Toolkit

In addition to the webinars, PDFs, and self-checks, you will also receive a toolkit of resources, including movement and instructional videos, fillable forms and templates, movement assessment checklists, case studies, client handouts, and more.

Coaching & Community

Enroll in the PROnatal Professional Network (below), and receive access to a private community with coaching from PROnatal leadership. You’ll also receive tons of additional resources & support to help you grow your expertise, and your business.

The PROnatal Professional Network

We know that learning how to coach pre & postnatal clients is one thing, but applying what you learn when working with clients and/or building your pre & postnatal business is a whole different ballgame. That’s why when you purchase the course, you also have the opportunity to enroll in the PROnatal Professional Network (PPN). This annual membership includes the following:

Private Community

Get direct support from PROnatal leadership, receive exclusive content, and interact with a diverse group of professionals.

Workout Builder

Get access to a video library of hundreds of exercises, create workouts using the workout builder, and send them to your clients. New exercises added each month.

Video Q&A Library

Access a video library of answers to a variety of questions or challenges that may arise in working with this population. New videos added each month.

Monthly Webinars

Receive exclusive webinars on a variety of coaching and business building topics. Topics are selected by surveying community and all webinars are posted in video Q&A library.

Featured Listing

Receive a beautiful full-page feature on our heavily searched Find a Professional page along with promotional opportunities in social media to help you build your credibility in this space.

Latest Course Access

The Specialist Course comes with a 1-year access. We update our course materials every 1-2 years. PPN members will always have access to the latest course materials along with a summary of updates made.

Exclusive Discounts

Receive 15% off all PROnatal programs and courses (including mini-coursesself-guided programs, and future courses).

Pricing

Select the course only, or choose to bundle your course purchase with enrollment in the PROnatal Professional Network (PPN) for the best value and learning experience. If you enroll in the bundle, your PPN membership renews annually at $150, but you can cancel anytime. Payment plans are available for any pricing option (3, 6, and 12 months). And from October 18th – 29th, there will be a no interest payment plan option!

Course Only
$699
$599
October 18th - 29th Only

Self-Paced Online Learning Platform

Webinars, PDFs, Self-Checks

Electronic Textbook

Resource Toolkit

Certificate & CECs

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Best Value
Course + 1-Year PPN
$799
$649
October 18th - 29th Only

Self-Paced Online Learning Platform

Webinars, PDFs, Self-Checks

Electronic Textbook

Resource Toolkit

Certificate & CECs

Private Support Community

Coaching from PROnatal Leadership

Exercise Library + Workout Builder

Video Q&A Library

Find a Professional Feature

Social Media Promotion Opportunities

Discount on PROnatal offerings

Lifetime Access to Latest Course Materials

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“After trying so many different pre & postnatal courses, I believe the PROnatal course is exactly what the fitness industry needs to help professionals truly understand the specificity of training needed for pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery. Amazing education and highly recommended!”

Shelly Lutz, Fitness & Wellness Coach

“Even with a heavy fitness background, when I got pregnant, I felt stuck. I walked into this course looking for ways to educate myself on how to move my body throughout these nine months. I had no idea I would feel so empowered and strong when I came out on the other side!”

Christina C, Certified Group Fitness Instructor

I was suffering from moderate Diastasis Recti prior to taking this course. Using what I learned in the course, I was able to heal it by the time I completed it. My OB/GYN was amazed at how great the PROnatal Core Recovery Protocol worked!

Alexandra Advanve, Certified Personal Trainer

I am a Physical Therapist Assistant and took this course during pregnancy. When faced with an emergency C-section, I was able to use what I learned to successfully manage through the experience and recover much more quickly. Now at 8 months postpartum, I can confidently say I feel stronger than ever!

Carissa Melicharek Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

I am a Labor & Delivery RN and as I went through this course, I got so many ideas about how to help my patients who want an unmedicated birth, and how to better support by recovering mamas. I can't wait to put my new knowledge into use & keep learning more from PROnatal!

Allie Van Hee, RN-BSN, NASM CPT, FNS

I took this course during my third pregnancy and just wish I would have found it years ago! I did appreciate that I was able to apply much of my real-life experience to the course work, but I also learned so many new things that I wish I would have known in my previous pregnancies. This course was such a valuable investment. Even if you do not plan to work with the pre & postnatal population, I strongly encourage this course for your own knowledge, especially if you are pregnant or planning to be!

Madison D, Certified Personal Trainer

Every health and fitness professional working with female clients should be required to take this course. As a former professional soccer player, and a mother, I wish I would have had this information earlier. I now realize how things like poor posture, muscle imbalances, and an overly tight pelvic floor were affecting me. I’m excited to put this new information I have learned into action, and help other women moving forward!

K.A.B., Former Professional Soccer Player & Current Coach/Trainer

As a male trainer working with this population, the PROnatal education has provided me with a tremendous benefit. Being featured on the website has given me greater access to pre & postnatal clients given the strong reputation PROnatal has in the industry. It has also greatly informed the way I structure my programs, and my overall approach (and sensitivity) when working with women during this stage. I am so thankful for this course, and for being a part of the PROnatal community.

Joe Hutcheson, Certified Personal Trainer

I am a personal trainer who sought out the most current research regarding exercise before I became pregnant myself, and that’s how I found PROnatal. I programmed my own workouts according to the PROnatal Performance Training Framework and I experienced a healthy pregnancy and birth -- with no pregnancy pains or issues despite having scoliosis -- and a quick postpartum recovery. Now, I feel stronger than ever!

Allison Hassan, Certified Personal Trainer

I found this course early in my pregnancy and it has been the KEY to helping me stay active and confidently prepare for childbirth (which is now about 8 weeks away!). Prior to taking this course, I did not feel confident about advising pregnant women beyond very general guidelines. Now, I feel so much more confident – in my own workouts and my ability to train clients. I will continue to refer to the course materials as I approach my BIG day and enter my postpartum recovery and training. Thank you so much for this phenomenal course!

Elena Edwards, Certified Personal Trainer

I have been a trainer for over 10 years and am now 20 weeks pregnant with my second child. I just wish I had done this course before having my first child! I gained SO much knowledge from taking this course, and I’m now applying it moving forward. I cannot wait to help others. This information is too important to miss out on. I will never “suck in my belly” again!

Catherine B., Certified Personal Trainer

I have been implementing so many of the concepts I learned in this course in my work as a structural yoga therapist and it has been hugely beneficial. I believe that this training methodology can help revolutionize motherhood and support it being the STRONG and POWERFUL experience it is meant to be!

Nicole Katz, Structural Yoga Therapist & Founder of Yoga 216

One of the things I liked best about this course is the amount of clarity provided in each module. In other certificate courses, I've struggled with the amount of material that feels unnecessary to properly train a client, and I end up getting confused. This is a very straightforward and concise program. I also love the number of tools we are given to help us when it comes to actually working with a client.

Emily Knieriem, Certified Personal Trainer

I hate tedious and long-drawn-out courses with information that I may never use. But this course was anything but that. I use what I learned in this course every single day in my work as a pre & postnatal holistic health coach, personal trainer, and doula. In addition, the on-going support I get through the private Facebook group has helped me stay on top of my game -- especially as challenging situations arise in my work.

Valerie Pedraza, ITEC Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula

This course has been one of my favorites that I’ve completed thus far in my fitness career. The modules covered so much information, but were presented in a way that I didn't feel bored or overwhelmed while going through the process. Now I not only have the confidence to train women during and after pregnancy, but I'm also applying so much of what I learned to ALL my clients because of how relevant (and important) this information is for everyone.

Dianna Falzarano, Certified Group Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer

I was initially concerned about taking an online course because I did not think that I would be motivated enough to stick with it. However, this course is structured in a way that kept me extremely interested and engaged. I ended up completing the course in less time than I thought and I feel confident training my pre & post-natal clients according to the PROnatal framework. Excellent Course!

Sasha Kossak, Physical Therapist, Biomechanics Specialist, Wellness & Nutrition Coach

This course provided unparalleled depth and breadth. I completed the course feeling confident in my understanding of not only how to train my prenatal and postpartum clients in an effective and safe manner, but also with a deep understanding of the entire physiological process of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum stages. I know this course will allow be to better relate to my clients and speak from a place of confidence and knowledge. Absolutely recommend it!

ES, Barre Instructor & Former Professional Dancer

Despite working in the fitness industry for over a decade, I experienced incontinence and low back pain after my second pregnancy. I discovered the PROnatal Fitness course right before getting pregnant with my third, and I am so thankful I did! Applying the PROnatal Fitness method, I was able to avoid significant pains or injuries during pregnancy and experience my smoothest postpartum recovery yet – with NO incontinence or pain. Beyond that, the strength I’ve built has helped me to feel my best – and be my best – as I enjoy my busy life as a mom of 3!

Brooke Carlson, Certified Personal Trainer

Taking this course has been the best thing I've done -- for my own professional development and for the clients I work with. The way I think about pregnancy has completely changed, and I think this will be life-changing for the women at my gym!

Hannah Henrichs, Certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor

By far, this is my favorite continuing education course I've ever taken! The content was evidence based, fascinating, logical yet often mind-blowing, and well delivered. I looked forward to every module!

Claire Yanta-O'Mahoney, Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist

Even if you have other prenatal and postpartum fitness specialization courses, I promise you this course will provide you with even MORE tools and knowledge to serve your pregnant and postpartum clients better.

Ashley Heisler, Certified Personal Trainer

I highly recommend this course to all fitness trainers even if you do not work specifically with pre/postnatal population. I promise you, it will positively impact the way you train ALL your clients.

Sarnia Ogidan, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

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FAQs

There are no prerequisites for this course. Anyone interested in a highly comprehensive, and updated approach to pre and postnatal education will benefit form the information. You do not need a fitness certification.

To receive your Certificate and CECs, you must pass a final exam at the end of the course.

This a 2-hour timed exam that you take at home on your computer or device (no testing center). There are 80 multiple choice questions. You must receive 85% to pass (68 questions correct). You can use any notes you want, but you must complete the exam within the 2-hour time limit.

If you do not pass, you can purchase an exam re-test for $35. But don’t worry, we give you plenty of tips on how to prepare for the exam so you pass on the first try! And if you do need to retake it, it’s the same test again, so you just need to review the questions you answered incorrectly.

After registering for the course, you will have 1-year access to complete the course. The course is estimated to take about 30 hours, but some people complete it in less time.

All written materials (module PDFs, self-check answer sheets, course downloads, and the electronic textbook of entire course) are available for you to download and keep.

If you are a PPN member, you will have lifetime access to the latest course materials. You still need to complete the course and take your exam within 1 year, but after that, you will always be able to access the latest course materials (and a summary of updates made) in your membership dashboard.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn the title (and your certificate) as a Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist. Everyone who passes the exam receives this title (there are no prerequisite requirements other than passing).

There are no renewal requirements. This is a one-time program to receive your certificate. If, however, you’d like to be featured on our website in our Find a Professional Directory, then you must remain enrolled in our PROnatal Professional Network, as we want to ensure that the professionals we endorse are committed to consistently growing their knowledge and expertise.

Yes, typically the process is that you reach out to your certifying agency and ask them for a CEC petition form. You complete the form. If you need any additional information about the course, you can submit this Course Overview to your agency. We are also happy to provide your reviewer course access, or any other materials requested. Please reach out to us at info@pronatalfitness.com for any of this information.

This course is approved for the following CECs already:

  • ACE 2.8
  • ACSM 28.0
  • NASM 1.9
  • AFAA 15.0
  • CANFITPRO 4.0

The curriculum was developed by PROnatal Fitness Director of Education, Carolyn Appel, and Founder, Brittany Citron. PROnatal Advisory Board members also contributed to the course in their respective areas of expertise – including physical therapy, physiatry, childbirth education, nutrition, and psychology.

Because we update this course so frequently, we do not include a printed textbook. However, each module contains a downloadable PDF with all the detailed text. In addition, at the beginning of the course there is a master PDF of the entire course (with a table of contents that includes hyperlinks to each module). You can download the entire course as one file, then print it and put it in a binder, separated by tabs for each module if you like.

Once you pay for your membership, it is good for an entire year. We cannot offer partial refunds for cancelling part of the way through your membership.

However, if you are worried about being charged again, you can adjust your subscription preferences to not auto renew. When you do this, you will get an email when your subscription expires asking if you want to renew. Your subscription will be put on hold until you choose to renew or cancel. We recommend this strategy vs. cancelling because it gives you the option to renew if you want. If you cancel, your subscription will automatically cancel at the end of the period without the option to renew.

A payment plan is available for U.S. customers. When you go through the purchase process, you will see an option to do a payment plan (provided by Affirm) just below the credit card options.

When you click on the payment plan option, it will take you to Affirm’s website where you will be asked to create an account and provide some information for Affirm to check your credit score. Note, this process is considered a soft credit check. It does NOT impact your credit score.

After inputting your information, Affirm will provide you three different payment plan options (3, 6, or 12 months) based on your credit. For each payment option, you will see the monthly payments, as well as your total payment with interest broken out, so you will have complete transparency. Just choose the option you’d like, purchase, and you’re done. The entire process takes less than 5 minutes.

If you have any issues, please contact us at info@pronatalfitness.com

We are happy to answer any questions you have!  Email us at Info@pronatalfitness.com or give us a call at 516-778-9468.

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