Intrapartum Care of the Morbidly Obese Gravida: Ten Guidelines for the Obstetrician (Pages 49-52)

Kecia Gaither

Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Department of Ob/Gyn, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine Bronx, NY USA


Abstract: Obesity has evolved as a major public health issue worldwide, its effects having a significant impact on obstetrical care. Morbidly obese parturients are at a significantly increased risk of complications during the intrapartum period and thus require more intervention. Guidelines are needed to address the intrapartum management of the morbidly obese gravida to reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: Morbid obesity, intrapartum care, morbidity, operative incision, BMI.