Diabetes and pregnancy – are we improving outcomes?

In 1989 the St Vincent’s Declaration stated “Outcome of pregnancies of women with diabetes should approximate to those without diabetes in 5 years”. Thirty years later pregnancies complicated by pre-existing diabetes remain at increased risk of complications such as congenital abnormalities and stillbirth. Effective preconception care reduces these risks. This presentation considers the role of the generalist and specialist in improving pregnancy outcomes in diabetes through raising awareness of the need for preconception care and delivering effective care. It considers innovative care models and strategies to improve engagement, as well as briefly considering some of the quality improvement work being undertaken by the National Quality Improvement Collaborative.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the risks of pregnancies complicated by diabetes and the benefits of preconception care.
  • Appreciate that all professionals in contact with women with diabetes of childbearing age have a role in empowering women of the need for preconception care
  • Define the components of preconception care
  • Know what to do if a woman with diabetes presents pregnant
  • Understand some of the innovations in preconception models of care and methods of engaging women.


Wednesday 14th November 2018

17:15 - 17:45

Prevention & Obesity in Practice


Consultant Diabetologist, Derby Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust

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