Details
CPD55m of CPD
Rating
4.5
Total Rating(s)16
Publish Date08 July 2018
Review Date04 April 2020
Expiry Date08 July 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course will provide an overview of the impact a high BMI has upon community health, pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding.

Topics include:

  • Definition of BMI
  • Link between high BMI, insulin resistance, androgenisation and PCOS
  • Effects of high BMI on efficient labour
  • Engaging the high BMI woman in education and interventions

Target audience

All health professionals working with women throughout their reproductive years, especially midwives, nurses and lactation consultants.

Purpose

Review the potential adverse effects high maternal BMI has upon reproduction, in order to ensure health professionals are able to educate their patients accordingly to achieve positive health outcomes.

Need

Numerous studies have demonstrated the adverse effects of obesity on the reproductive process, with evidence linking preconception maternal obesity and long-term disease in offspring. Maternal obesity is also linked to higher rates of caesarean section, as well as high-risk obstetrical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Additionally, a high body mass index (BMI) during the reproductive process adversely affects pregnancy outcomes, such as increasing the risk of neonatal mortality and malformations.

As midwives and nurses are likely to care for women of reproductive age they must be aware of and educate about the potential adverse effects a high BMI can have on health, conception and pregnancy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Intervene in weight management early by identifying the different classes of obesity through effective assessment of women with high BMIs
  • Use knowledge of the link between high BMI and reproductive problems to appropriately manage obese women throughout their pregnancy
  • Correlate potential adverse pregnancy and labour outcomes with strategies to educate women about the impact obesity may have on their pregnancy

Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Educator

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Heather Harris

Heather Harris first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice over the intervening years. She has served on a number of professional committees over the years, including ACMI (Vic) and ALCA (now LCANZ). She was involved in the successful BFHI accreditation for Mitcham Private Hospital, the RWH, and Box Hill hospital. She is a breastfeeding specialist who first qualified as an IBCLC in 1991. She has also been involved in the education of health professionals, presenting in all States of Australia, as well as in the US and Hong Kong. Since 2001, Heather has served as a midwife with Doctors Without Borders in the Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. She currently has her own private practice in lactation consultancy.

Details
CPD55m of CPD
Rating
4.5
Total Rating(s)16
Publish Date08 July 2018
Review Date04 April 2020
Expiry Date08 July 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Women's Health
Midwifery
Obesity
Obstetrics
Diabetes Mellitus
Preventative Health
Disclaimer

Further Learning

Learner Reviews

4.5

16 Total Rating(s)

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Kylie Parmenter
18 Feb 2019

Great concise information about BMI and the pregnant women

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Carolyn Hughes
18 Feb 2019

Very relevant

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Maura Penn
17 Feb 2019

Good resource

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Ronicka Kramer
13 Feb 2019

Very informative and interesting.

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julie allum
23 Jan 2019

The format of the resource was good. I found some of the questions on the test repeated. I also found the style of the presenter monotonous and stuttering.

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Zoe hanna
05 Jan 2019

Easy to engage and lots of good information

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Jessica Widdison
14 Sep 2018

Really good information relevant to my practice

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Troy Dicks
21 Aug 2018

Excellent overview

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Diane Oldham
20 Aug 2018

Interesting lecture

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Troy King
12 Aug 2018

Presenter was very knowledgeable in this area