Presentation Information

Fiona Hallinan

Soft Tissues of the Pelvis and Their Impact on Birth

  • Speaker: Fiona Hallinan , RN, RM, MCHN
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU

So much emphasis has been placed on the bones of the pelvis – the space they can create for birth and the problems they cause. Cephalo Pelvic Disproportion (CPD) seems to be a term all too readily used to justify yet another woman having her baby born by caesarean section. It seems strange that nature has created so many mother/baby mismatches!

Commonly, the pelvic soft tissues don't come into consideration when a mother’s pelvis is deemed too small for her baby’s head. And yet bones don’t move on their own. Bones provide structure and form and bony movements are driven by soft connective tissues. If the connective tissues are holding tension of known or unknown origin, it stands to reason that when that tension is addressed and released, the connective tissues may ‘sigh’ and greater movement of the bony frame could occur.

The presentation will explore what connective tissues influence pelvic space and movement, why connective tissues can hold tension and creative considerations to work with them.