Date of Graduation

12-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Nursing

Advisor

Smith-Blair, Nan

Reader

Osborne, Cara

Second Reader

Scott, Allison

Third Reader

Shreve, Marilou

Abstract

Maternal obesity and its correlation to method of delivery are important when determining risk factors and examining adverse events and complications during pregnancy and labor. This study was completed as a retrospective review of the Uniform Data Set (UDS) of midwifery deliveries. It examined maternal body mass indexes (BMIs) pre-pregnancy as well as the impact these BMIs had on the method of delivery. Results of this study determined that there was a relationship between maternal BMI > 30 and the method of delivery. Women with a maternal BMI > 30 are 1.93% more likely to have a Cesarean delivery rather than a vaginal birth.

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