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POSTPARTUM WEIGHT LOSS IN A NURSE-MIDWIFERY PRACTICE

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  • Lois C. Olsen MSN,

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    • Lois C. Olsen received her BSN at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MSN from Marquette University. She holds certification from the Central Midwives Board, London, England, and from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She teaches Maternity Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked as a nurse-midwife in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and in Milwaukee. Other previous positions include public health nursing and consultant to the Wisconsin Division of Health.

  • Mary H. Mundt PhD, RN

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    • Mary H. Mundt is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing. Educational preparation includes a BSN from Marquette University, a Master's of Science in Public Health Nursing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Marquette University.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

ABSTRACT

Women in an urban private obstetric practice (n = 182) were observed for weight gain in pregnancy and weight loss after delivery. At the 6-week postpartum visit 28% of the women had returned to their prepregnant weight or less. The majority of the women, however, retained an average of 5.9 lb over their prepregnant weight. A significant difference in postpartum weight loss was identified, with primigravidas losing more weight than any other group.

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