The Pelvic Health Innovation Project

CGMH staff and midwives hold large check

In a collaborative effort, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH), Collingwood Well Baby Clinic, and Collingwood Pelvic Health, with the support of the CGMH Wellness Innovation Fund, are pleased to bring the community a multi-faceted Pelvic Floor Program. As of March 1, 2024, a CGMH physiotherapist will be seeing patients on Labour and Delivery after cesarean sections and for those who experience third or fourth degree tears.

The Collingwood Well Baby Clinic will house the outpatient portion, screening all patients who deliver in our community around three weeks postpartum for pelvic floor dysfunction. Patients who do not have private health benefits for physiotherapy and who are experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction will be offered an appointment with our program. Patients will be seen by a physiotherapist or a midwife with training in pelvic floor therapy.

Who can access the pelvic floor program?

  • Anyone in the catchment area of Collingwood General and Marine hospital, who has had a baby within the last 12 months, is experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, and who does not have private benefits for physiotherapy.

How to I access this service?

  • If you have delivered your baby after March 1st, 2024 at CGMH or at home with midwives, a midwife will call you at three weeks postpartum to see if you are appropriate for our program.
  • You may also self-refer if you are within your first 12 months postpartum if you’ve started to experience symptoms after your initial screening.
  • Your doctor can send in a referral for you to our program.

Referral Criteria from the Primary Health Care Providers, or Self-Referral:

  • Up to 12 months postpartum, reside within the CGMH catchment area
  • Urinary incontinence (leaking when you cough, sneeze, laugh, jump, lift, or not being able to hold your pee when your bladder is full)
  • Fecal incontinence (inability to control gas or bowel movements)
  • Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (heaviness or pressure in vagina, or tissue-like bulge in vagina)
  • Pain in pelvic region (vulvodynia, vaginismus, dyspareunia), chronic pelvic pain (general pain around your vulvar/vaginal area, pain with sex or insertion of tampons, menstrual cups, etc.)
  • Pain with c-section scar or vaginal/rectal scar/episiotomy scar

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