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An exploration of obese pregnant women's views of being referred by their midwife to a weight management service

Patel, C., Atkinson, L. & Olander, E. K. (2013). An exploration of obese pregnant women's views of being referred by their midwife to a weight management service. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 4(4), pp. 139-140. doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2013.10.006


Midwives have previously reported concerns about discussing and referring obese pregnant women to weight management services, with some women stating that this referral can be upsetting. The current study interviewed obese women who had declined a weight management service during pregnancy to explore if it was the referral process that made them decline the service. Fifteen women participated and reported that being informed about and referred to a service by their midwife was acceptable to them. Participants also mentioned they would expect this information from their midwife. No participants reported being upset by this referral.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, Volume 4, Issue 4, December 2013, Pages 139–140,
Publisher Keywords: Maternal obesity; Gestational weight management; Midwife; Pregnancy; Service
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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