Upcoming Programmes in Diabetes in Pregnancy Update

Diabetes in Pregnancy Update

NMBI Category 1 Approved: 7 CEUs


Programme Rationale:

The incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus is increasing in younger people, including women of child bearing years. Women with type 2 diabetes mellitus are more likely to have additional risk

factors for adversepregnancy outcomes, such as obesity, increased parity and age and are more likely to present late in pregnancy. Off spring of diabetic pregnancies may have an increased risk of diabetes in later life, thus optimal management and care of diabetes pre-conceptually and during pregnancy has far reaching implications for the mother, baby and society. It is therefore crucial that women with pre- gestational diabetes are informed as to the importance of pregnancy planning to ensure optimal

blood glucose control and diabetes management at conception and throughout pregnancy. Optimal management of diabetes mellitus at conception and throughout pregnancy has been shown to avoid major

maternal and fetal complications. Therefore, it is paramount that midwives and health professionals attend educational updates to ensure they are confident and competent in providing professional advice and caring for women with diabetes in pregnancy


Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this programme it is anticipated that attendees will be able to:

  • Provide women with the appropriate pre-conceptual counselling and advice to women with pre-existing diabetes.

  • Understand the potential impact that diabetes in pregnancy can have on maternal and fetal, and neonatal health when caring for women with diabetes in pregnancy.

  • Give the appropriate information and advice in relation to diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle to women with diabetes in pregnancy.

  • Identify the signs of maternal hypoglycaemia, neonatal hypoglcaemia, and Diabetic Ketoacidosis and be able to provide the appropriate care for these conditions

  • Be proficient with the use of meters, pens, insulin, CSII and 50/50 pumps

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be utilised to maximise

attendee involvement and draw on their experiences to include presentations, discussions, reflection on practice, workshop and service-user involvement.

Target Audience

Healthcare Professionals.

Programme Coordinator:      Judith Fleming 01 4085525, jfleming@coombe.ie