Media Release

Diabetes support group for new and expectant mums

New and expectant mothers who have diabetes will be able to get help and advice on how to manage the condition at a support group.

Midwife Emma Brown has launched the group to help women who developed diabetes before or during their pregnancy to get additional support.

Each year a total of 35,000 pregnant women in England and Wales have pre-existing or gestational diabetes.

While most women with gestational diabetes give birth to healthy babies, it can cause problems such as pre-eclampsia, premature birth or the baby growing larger than usual.

Miss Brown, who has Type 1 diabetes, is encouraging new and expectant mums with diabetes to come along to the group meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of every month.

She said: “Evidence suggests that women want peer support when they are diagnosed with gestational diabetes or those with the pre-existing diabetes learn they are expecting.

“They can learn about how to control their diabetes, breast feeding, labour, sharing recipes and anything else they want to cover. It also helps to share experiences with others who understand. This group would also be useful to women who are diabetic and hoping to start a family.

“I am a diabetic and have been to peer support groups in the past and it was really helpful.”

If you would like to take part in the group please email: sarah.jordan@qehkl.nhs.uk

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