Beyond Birth - BenchMark Physical Therapy

Beyond Birth

Learn about Beyond Birth: A program designed to help you get back to good postpartum health.

What is Beyond Birth?

The first months after childbirth are exciting, and yes, exhausting. The good news: what you’re experiencing is common to nearly all. The better news: pelvic health physical therapy can help ensure it’s not your new normal.

You no longer have to go it alone. We are uniquely committed to helping you reduce and eliminate postpartum pain, unnecessary discomfort, and uncertainty—so you can get back to the life you love with your new baby.

Whether you had your baby six weeks ago or 16 years ago, Beyond Birth; is all about you and your good health. Ask your OB/GYN about Beyond Birth, or contact one of our locations near you.

About the Program

Typically, your OB will refer you to physical therapy at one of our clinics at your first postpartum visit.

We will give you a call – usually the same day – and conduct a brief, 5 to 10-minute survey to confirm Beyond Birth is right for you. We’ll schedule your first appointment within 48-hours, and you’ll be on your way.

Each of your visits is a one-hour individual session. For your comfort, you will meet with your therapist in a private setting.

We’ll take the time to listen to your health concerns. We’ll answer any questions you may have about your delivery and recovery, and help you set the goals you’d like to reach in the program.

We’ll design a physical therapy program just for you, to meet your specific needs and facilitate a faster recovery.

We’ll evaluate your progress at every visit, so you’ll stay on track and achieve your program goals.

Key Facts

Covered by Insurance

Beyond Birth is covered by nearly all insurance plans. And, since you just had your baby, you’ve probably already met your deductible. Perfect timing!

No Need for a Doctor's Referral

You don’t need a referral to get started. Once you complete your initial consultation, we’ll contact your doctor if a referral is needed.

Bring Your Baby!

Don’t worry about finding a sitter! We have private treatment rooms, so you can stay with your baby without causing any concerns.

Convenient Appointment Hours

Our Pelvic Health Clinics operate at hours that are convenient for individuals juggling complicated schedules. And if you need to change your appointment, we’ll get you rescheduled quickly.

Vaginal or C-Section Deliveries

Beyond Birth addresses conditions common to both vaginal and C-Section deliveries, including pelvic pain, scar management and regaining strength to return to full activity.

Conditions the Beyond Birth Program Treats

The Beyond Birth Program is designed to treat eight common but curable postpartum health conditions.


Incontinence is perhaps the most common postpartum condition. Carrying a child puts tremendous stress on your pelvic floor muscles. Over as many as nine months, those muscles stretch, and that usually causes both urinary and fecal incontinence. We’ll teach you a variety of muscle strengthening exercises that you can do in your home, car, or while standing in line at the grocery store.

Tailbone pain

Some women have tailbone pain before pregnancy, during pregnancy, or during labor and delivery. The baby passing through the birth canal may cause an injury such as a sprained, dislocation, bruise, or even a fracture of the tailbone. If your OB diagnosed a dislocated or fractured tailbone, we will develop a physical therapy plan that reduces tailbone pain, and speeds up healing.

Return to exercise

We’ll diagnose how your body is recovering from your childbirth, and put you on an exercise plan that slowly and safely builds your strength back to where it was prior to your pregnancy. With a little help, you should be able to return to your normal activity a couple of months after childbirth.

Hip and pelvic pain

Nearly all individuals experience some level of hip and/or pelvic pain. This can occur before and after the birth of your child and it can happen with a variety of activities. If not treated quickly, it can quickly transfer into hip and leg pain. This pain can limit your function, including finding a comfortable position while breast feeding, sleeping, or caring for your child. Our Pelvic Health therapists receive extended education and training in recognizing and treating the causes of pelvic pain and joint discomfort.

Belly Issues

Your belly area undergoes a lot of change during pregnancy—both externally and internally. Some people simply need some help getting their belly back into shape, while others may experience health conditions that require unique therapy—including Diastasis Recti. Regardless, we’ll get acquainted with the pain and discomfort you may be experiencing in the belly area, and develop a plan to treat belly pain and discomfort.

Back care and posture

Almost every activity associated with taking care of your baby, from diaper changing to car seats, is done in a forward leaning position. As a result, as many as 40% of all individuals experience back pain as much as six months after childbirth—and some even longer. Knowing the best way to carry, lift and feed your baby can help keep your back in its best shape.

Pain-free intercourse

Pain with intercourse is very common after childbirth, especially if there has been extensive tearing or an episiotomy. You may also experience a lack of desire due to painful sex, fatigue, changes in body image related to weight gain, and/or hormonal changes with breast feeding. We’ll talk about issues you’re concerned about, and discover ways to reduce and eventually completely eliminate pain during intercourse.

Scar tissue

Scars begin to form the day after your surgery. Research proves that the earlier you begin to manage and mobilize them the less discomfort you will have later in life. Your Pelvic Health Therapist will offer a few tips for treatment of your C-section and/or episiotomy scar.

What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.

Physical therapy insurance & payment options

We work with most major insurance providers. Although coverage will vary from plan to plan, many physical therapy, occupational therapy and speciality therapy programs are covered under insurance. Learn more about our insurance coverage and self-pay options for physical therapy.

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