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Maternity services for women with diabetes in the UK

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gillian Hawthorne


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Diabetic pregnancy is high risk in those regions within the UK that have reported on such an outcome. There is a paucity of information about diabetic pregnancy outcome in the rest of the UK but it seems appropriate to assume that poor outcome is widespread. Previously reports have highlighted problems with the delivery of preconception care and the lack of agreement about the screening and diagnosis of gestational diabetes. The provision of maternity services for women with diabetes in the UK is reviewed. Service development is traced from the 1980s to more recent surveys from Scotland and the former Northern region of England. Service provision has improved over the years in those regions that have agreed and audited standards for provision of care. There is a lack of information about current services within the UK but this will be partly addressed by the forthcoming survey of organization of services co-ordinated by the Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and deaths in Infancy (CESDI), which will survey England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines 'Management of diabetes in pregnancy' has been implemented and audited. A similar guideline of agreed standards of care is needed for the rest of the UK.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hawthorne G, Modder J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Diabetic Medicine

Year: 2002

Volume: 19

Issue: s4

Pages: 50-55

ISSN (print): 0742-3071

ISSN (electronic): 1464-5491

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1046/j.1464-5491.19.s4.10.x


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