Kathe Wallace, PT, BCB-PMD discusses her book Reviving Your Sex Life After Childbirth
Kathe Wallace, renowned physical therapist and women’s health champion, has authored a book that speaks to all women and brings light to important topics that are frequently left unaddressed after birth. Her book, Reviving Your Sex Life After Childbirth: Your guide to pain-free and pleasurable sex after the baby, focuses on pelvic floor health and associated problems that can arise after childbirth and how those directly affect sexual health. In her book, Kathe draws on her 25 years of experience of treating women with pelvic floor dysfunction. Kathe Wallace is a pioneer in the field of women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction and her passion for education is inspiring. As a co-founder of Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, she continues to ensure practitioners and patients alike receive the most up to date evidence-based information and treatment modalities for pelvic health. This book is essential for all moms and for the healthcare providers who care for them.
What inspired you or what was your motivation to write this book?
I have been treating postpartum pelvic floor dysfunction for over 25 years. Over the years I’ve seen many cases of pelvic floor dysfunction that, once armed with the appropriate information, needed minimal appointments. I consistently heard my patients say “Why wasn’t I told this information?”. One week I had three new patients with similar presentations and stories. I was motivated to share my knowledge and expertise in pelvic floor recovery and to give the public information on what a pelvic floor physical therapist can do to facilitate a healthy childbirth recovery.
Who is the audience you are trying to reach?
Although the title of my book is Reviving Your Sex Life After Childbirth, we know that problems with the pelvic floor can arise immediately and persist years after delivery. Therefore, I believe that women from 6 weeks to 60+ years postpartum should know how to care for the common birth-related changes in the pelvic floor.
What is the book’s main message? What are the top 3-5 points you believe are the most important about your book?
Pelvic floor and pelvic health problems are common postpartum conditions that are often overlooked or ignored. Self-care and knowledge have a lot to do with recovery. The book teaches pelvic floor control for strength, release, and sexual techniques.
If you could summarize your book in three sentences or less, what would you say about it?
The information in this book is empowering and informative for women suffering from painful sex after childbirth and pelvic floor problems after childbirth. It offers real answers and strategies for self-care and healing. The book addresses postpartum pelvic health recovery in a straightforward, clinically relevant, and tell-it-like-it-is way. It also takes the reader beyond the basics of functional rehabilitation with the inclusion of exercises that enhance sexual desire which are so frequently overlooked.
Why do you think women’s sexual health after birth is an important subject and why do you think many overlook it?
Women having children should not accept symptoms like bladder leakage, prolapse, vaginal wind, or sexual dysfunction. Women of past generations accepted this as normal. When sexual desire is present, but accompanied by discomfort, there is opportunity to improve these problems with good pelvic floor health information. There are many aspects of sexual health after childbirth. I saw a need to focus on the physical aspects of postpartum pelvic floor function.
What makes your book different from other post-baby pelvic health books? (Such as Healing Painful Sex, etc.)
This book targets women who have delivered children vaginally and by C-section who experience pelvic floor dysfunction.
What do you want your readers to know?
When dismissed from the hospital after childbirth, and even at your postpartum appointment, pelvic health is not discussed in much detail. Moreover, women are often unaware of any problems until months afterwards. This book is written for women dealing with sensitive, but very important issues.
What does the future hold for you? Another book? etc….
I remain passionate about educating women about pelvic health. My book will be translated into several different languages. I have written a manual for dilator use for women who need this intervention; it has specific details and expanded graphics and descriptions from the book. I’ll also be teaching new courses about the postpartum pelvic floor.
About the Author
Learn more about Kathe’s continuing education courses here. You can also find a qualified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner, or search continuing education courses, on the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute website.
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