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