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Changing the Conversation about Perinatal Support for Women of Size

by Jen McLellan, CBE
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Handout: No

Most conversations about obesity and pregnancy focus only on the increased risks and for care providers to have frank conversations with their patients about their weight. The reality of “health” and how plus size women are best supported, however, is much more nuanced. With 60% of women in their childbearing years being classified as overweight or obese, it’s time we start changing the conversation about perinatal support for women of size. While birth professionals support women of all sizes, there are differences between supporting an average and plus size woman that aren’t often addressed. Within this presentation you’ll learn about these unique obstacles, including a nearly 50% c-section rate. You’ll walk away with the knowledge and tools you need to empower and support women of size during the perinatal period.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Birth professionals will be able to identify 2 keys to helping plus size women have a healthy perinatal period.
Objective 2: Birth professionals will be able to describe 2 differences between a c-section procedure for an average and an obese woman immediately following this presentation.
Objective 3: Birth professionals will be able to describe 3 unique obstacles women of size face immediately following the presentation.

Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 19.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks