Dr. Sonali Santhanam, PhD., Ms. PT is an American Board Certified Physical Therapist specializing in back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. She has a Doctorate and a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh (USA). She is a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner a Lactation Counselor and has completed a 200-hour Yoga Certification.
Her first introduction to evidence based care was during her Master’s program. She went on to explore facilitators and barriers to adoption of evidence based care by clinicians in her Doctoral thesis.
Sonali moved back to India in 2011 for the birth of her own child and found that maternity care was far from ideal. She decided to help other women get access to evidence based information on their choices and rights in childbirth. She is thrilled to be able to bring Evidence Based Birth® continuing education classes to India, as there is a real need to bridge the evidence-practice gap in her country.
Sonali’s is the founder of Birth Basix a full spectrum birth service provider. Her perinatal programs support women from pre-conception to well after they have birthed their babies, with Fertility Yoga, Physical Therapy during Pregnancy, Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding support.
In addition to helping women enjoy a healthy and pain free pregnancy, Sonali helps expectant mothers tap into their innate wisdom during labor to birth as nature intended. Dr. Sonali is also an independent researcher and has authored numerous papers in the area of Low Back Pain and her paper received Recognition of Excellence by the American Physical Therapy Association for best meeting the APTA Vision Statement for Physical Therapy in the year 2020.