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Postpartam urinary incontinence

CPD Hours



Community and primary health care
Midwifery and child health
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Postpartum urinary incontinence, or PUI, is involuntarily loss of urine, which occurs among women after childbirth.

It is one of the most common patterns of maternal morbidity.

Compared to women who have never given birth, the risk of acquiring urinary incontinence is 2.6 times higher in women after childbirth.

It is associated with functional impairment and lifestyle alterationsincluding alterations to daily living tasks.

Medical and non-medical treatment and prevention measures are required to improve the quality of life for women following childbirth.

This module is especially relevant to midwives.

It is also recommended for all health professionals taking care of women during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

This module begins by outlining the physiology of the bladder and the etiology and classification of postpartum urinary incontinence, followed by an explanation of risk factors, patient assessment and optimal management of postpartum urinary incontinence.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand the physiology of the bladder
  • Understand the aetiology of postpartum urinary incontinence
  • Outline classification of postpartum urinary incontinence
  • Understand the impact of urinary incontinence on patients
  • Introduce key concepts used in the assessment of postpartum urinary incontinence
  • Identify the risk factors for postpartum urinary incontinence
  • Describe the main postpartum urinary incontinence management strategies

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