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Women’s health and midwifery
Bariatric surgery is an effective means of improving adverse delivery complications in term births
  1. Clare Gordon
  1. College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, University of West London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Clare Gordon, College of Nursing, Midwifery & Healthcare, University of West London, Reading RG1 7QF, UK; clare.gordon{at}

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Commentary on: Stephansson O, Johansson K, Soderling J, et al. Delivery outcomes in term births after bariatric surgery: population-based matched cohort study. PLoS Med 2018;15:e1002656.

Implications for practice and research

  • Clinicians need to have a greater awareness of how bariatric surgery can reduce in birth complications and an understanding of the risks that some bariatric surgery presents.

  • Future research should compare women who have had bariatric surgery and have a healthy body mass index (BMI) at the start of a pregnancy with women with healthy BMI who have never had bariatric surgery to highlight the benefits of this surgery.


The prevalence of obesity has continued to rise in almost every country across the globe.1–3 Maternal obesity is linked with severe maternal morbidity and mortality3 and with adverse delivery outcomes.1 3 4 Bariatric surgery is regarded as a very effective …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.