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Cover image for lecture: Maternity Care for Women with a Higher Body Weight

Lecture Overview

Accredited practising dietitian, Electra Ulrich, takes an evidence-based look at caring for pregnant women with a high BMI. Discussion includes the key topics of associated risks for mother and baby, the importance of considering gestational weight gain and weight stigma, and women’s experiences of antenatal care. Electra also offers some practical tips on starting a conversation about food and weight with an expectant mother.


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Electra Ulrich

Electra Ulrich is an accredited practising dietitian and member of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia. She works at Northern Health as a clinical educator and senior dietitian in a high-risk antenatal clinic, which includes women with a BMI over 40 and/or have a history of bariatric surgery. She recently won a research award at the Australasian Diabetes Congress Conference in August 2018. Her research focused on creating a capability package to upskill dietitians, to provide safe and effective care using evidence-based medical nutrition therapy within a multidisciplinary gestational diabetes clinic. Electra is also involved in teaching the Master of Dietetics at Deakin University. See Educator Profile


13 Total Rating(s)
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Nancy bidgood
06 Apr 2020

I felt it useful to here from an expert the approach to discussing weight with patients in general. We should practise speaking about weight with all patients so we are more comfortable to be open and respectful.

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Kerry kennedy
31 Mar 2020

Very Informative.

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Ita dumont
27 Mar 2020

Very interesting and informative lecture.

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Levena Leslie West
13 Dec 2019


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Justine collins
10 Dec 2019

Very interesting topic that is not generally individually addressed

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georgia georgia
25 Sep 2019

This video has provided me with existing knowledge and expanded on knowledge I new.

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Claudia Tait
31 Aug 2019

Good overall suggestive recommendations

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Julie schiller
22 Aug 2019

Overall sound information with revision of acceptable weight gain parameters & food choices in context of establishing effective relationships with women