Dr. Krista Eskay is a paediatric physical therapist and researcher
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A baby in utero moves through three stages of development: germinal, embryonic and foetal. Various patterned movements occur prenatally as the sensorimotor system develops. Foetal motor movements can be observed as early as the eighth week of gestation. Initially, these movements are basic and are based on exploration. Complex movement patterns evolve as the pregnancy progresses, and movement variation is geared towards adaptation. Understanding the stages of development in utero provides a picture of what we can expect premature babies to be able to do and what may be difficult for them to do. Therefore, this course will discuss the various phases of gestation and describe what to expect during each stage.
This course aims to explain the three stages of foetal development.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activities
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.