Diabetes and pregnancy

The Western Health and Social Care Trust, in partnership with Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), have recently launched a new clinic service for those women with diabetes who are planning a pregnancy.

The clinic service is part of a cross border diabetes project funded under the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme.

The new service is being rolled out within Altnagelvin Hospital and the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen. Women attending the clinics will have the opportunity to get advice on how to obtain healthy blood sugar levels before pregnancy and learn of the extensive benefits this will have for their future baby.

Western Trust Assistant Director of Emergency Care and Medicine, Diane Brennan, says: “I am delighted EU funding has been secured by Co-operation and Working Together to enable us to launch pre-pregnancy clinics for those women who manage diabetes.

“Diabetes can be a challenging condition to manage as an individual and worries can escalate when planning a little one. Through these clinics we aim to prepare future mothers for a healthy pregnancy through advising on the best time to get pregnant and measures they can take to lower the risk of diabetes related complications.”

Dr Brid Farrell, Chair of the Northern Ireland Paediatric Diabetes Network, said: “Women attending the clinics will benefit from the expert input of consultants, dieticians and specialist nurses.”

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