Managing Obesity during the Childbirth Continuum

This module is the only one of its kind currently being offered at Master’s level for midwives. It is a bespoke module specially developed to cover the spectrum of care for women with BMIs of ≥ 30 kg/m2 throughout the childbirth continuum. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and has the potential to enhance maternity service care delivery for this client group. This module can be taken as a stand alone option for professional development or as part of the MSc in Maternal and Women’s Reproductive Health.

Module Code MW7024
Level 7
Credits 20
Cost Contact Admissions


The aims of the module are to:

  • Facilitate the application of an evidence-based approach in the planning of care and the application of theory to practice with professional accountability.
  • Develop your knowledge and skills to deliver effective evidence-based theory that contributes to the provision of safe, efficient and compassionate women-centred care.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the aetiology and epidemiology of obesity in childbearing women.
  • Critically appraise the prevalence and effects of obesity within a global, national and economic context.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding and knowledge of the pathophysiology of obesity.
  • Critically evaluate the risks associated with obesity during the childbirth process.
  • Understand comprehensively, and critically apply, the clinical management strategies for this client group during the childbirth continuum.
  • Critically appraise nutritional and dietary factors, and weight management strategies available for this client group.
  • Critically evaluate and develop sophisticated pathways of communication by understanding comprehensively the psychology of obesity, and its socioeconomic and cultural influences upon women.

KSF – Core Dimensions

This module contributes to the following core dimensions: 
1 Communication
2 Personal and People Development
3 Health, Safety and Security 
4 Service Improvement
5 Quality
6 Equality and Diversity


For further information on the module, 
please contact:

For application information, 
please contact:

Taniya Roberts
Module Leader
Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Chester
Riverside Campus
Castle Drive
Chester CH1 1SL

T: 01244 512262

Health and Social Care Admissions
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ

T: 01244 511000