Julie Grobbelaar Fernandes; Occupational Therapists’ Role in Perinatal Care: A Health Promotion Approach. Am J Occup Ther 2018;72(5):7205347010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.028126
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This article establishes and examines occupational therapists’ role in perinatal care and proposes a health promotion approach for new and expectant mothers. The author demonstrates the importance of maintaining meaningful occupational engagement during this critical life stage by incorporating evidence from orthopedic, rehabilitation, and hand therapy research. New and expectant mothers are at high risk for upper extremity (UE) conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, and tendinosis of the UE. Occupational therapists with basic knowledge of hand therapy are well prepared to manage these conditions conservatively. An occupation-based model and framework are presented to ensure a holistic view of the target population. Topics pertinent to this population include postural techniques, repetitive tasks, patient education, and strengthening related to the perinatal period.
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