Did you know more than one third of women in the United States suffer from a pelvic floor disorder, which can include urinary incontinence, painful sex, bowel symptoms and pelvic pain? But unfortunately a great number accept their symptoms as a normal consequence of childbirth or aging. Worse yet, some care providers even them shrug off as such. And while pelvic floor disorders are all too common, they are not normal. That’s why Jessica McKinney co-instructor of our new Manual Therapy and Pregnancy course, founded Share Mayflowers, a public health and awareness campaign focused primarily on the under-discussed topics of female pelvic and perinatal health.
The Share Mayflowers website and blog address serious and common—yet perfectly treatable!—pelvic health topics affecting women and girls at every life stage, including bladder & bowel health, sexual health, pregnancy and postpartum.
From her clinical experience providing multidisciplinary care for pelvic floor dysfunction, perinatal education and rehabilitation, mental health education and physical wellness, Jessica knows the stats and stories of women intimately, fueling her drive to educate and empower women. And it doesn’t stop at the border. Share MayFlowers endeavors to bring awareness about issues affecting women on a global scale as well. For nearly a decade, Jessica has been dedicated to developing skills and resources for caregivers who provide pelvic floor rehabilitation to women recovering from obstetric and/or traumatic fistula in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She’s spent time in DRC working with HEAL Africa, and more recently with Dr. Denis Mukwege’s Panzi Foundation, including a trip this month.