Urinary incontinence after childbirth, which is also referred to as postpartum urinary incontinence, is the involuntary leaking of urine that can be experienced by new mothers. It can also occur during pregnancy and, either way, can have a dramatic impact on quality of life. In addition to urinary incontinence, there are a range of other pelvic floor disorders that can affect pregnant women and new mothers, including pelvic organ prolapse and fecal incontinence. Katsuko Shinozaki is a researcher based at the Postgraduate School of Health and Welfare Science at the International University of Health and Welfare, Japan. She is focusing her research on this issue. Shinozaki is developing a programme for care during childbirth for the prevention of urinary incontinence.