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Provider Number PO342.

CPD55m of CPD
Total Rating(s)57
First Published
Updated08 July 2018
Expires 08 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.

  • What is the link between high BMI, insulin resistance, androgenisation and PCOS?
  • What are the effects of high BMI on efficient labour?
  • How can you engage women with a high BMI through education and appropriate interventions?

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.


The purpose of this Course is to review the potential adverse effects high maternal BMI has upon reproduction, in order to ensure learners are able to educate their patients accordingly to achieve positive health outcomes.

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
Target Audience

This Course is most relevant to registered midwives, nurses and lactation consultants working with women throughout their reproductive years, especially during the perinatal period.


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.


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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 for Doctors Without Borders in the Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Nepal. She currently has her own private practice in lactation consultancy. See Educator Profile

CPD55m of CPD
Total Rating(s)57
First Published
Updated08 July 2018
Expires 08 July 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Women's Health
Diabetes Mellitus
Preventative Health
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

57 Total Rating(s)
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Jenna Steinwede
16 Feb 2020

Great review

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Angela van gangelen
09 Feb 2020

Hah big. In. H b b

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Lisa Smith
27 Jan 2020

Really well presented with lots of practical skills and background information. A must for all clincians.

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Sarah Douglas
07 Jan 2020

Great topic. Very interesting

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Michelle Taylor Emms
22 Nov 2019

good resource

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Karen Jean Cox
22 Oct 2019

thank you very interesting.

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Dominique Ezzy
17 Oct 2019


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Nyree Nyree
14 Oct 2019

Informative and engaging material

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Bhubinderjit Kaur Uttam Singh
11 Oct 2019

Interesting topic.

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jenni Scotcher
09 Jul 2019

Stimulating discussion about obesity and pregnancy