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Latest print run: Version 12.2 - January 2012

The CEMACH report reviewing Diabetes in pregnancy found that two thirds of women had suboptimal preconception care. One of the underlying issues was failure of health professionals to provide appropriate care such as preconception advice and a higher dose of folic acid. One of the other major findings was poor documentation of pre-pregnancy counselling. Suboptimal pre-conception preparation is associated with poor pregnancy outcomes. Women with pre-existing diabetes have an increased risk of miscarriage, fetal congenital anomaly and perinatal death. Women need to be prepared pre-pregnancy to ensure that both they and their babies have the safest, healthiest pregnancy and birth possible. Health care professionals should strive to empower women to make their experience of pregnancy and childbirth a positive one, by providing information, advice and support. It is important to explain that risks can be reduced but not eliminated.

In November 2010 a request was made of DiPAG to develop 'Preconception Notes' following the West Midlands Diabetes and Pregnancy Clinical Education Meeting (24th November 2010).

The notes were launched in May 2012 following a region-wide pilot, consultation with members of the Diabetes in Pregnancy Advisory Group (DiPAG) and feedback from clinical practice and users.


Project Team  
Jason Gardosi Director and Consultant Obstetrician
Pat Brydon Specialist Midwife
Sally Buller Senior Specialist Midwife / Project Lead for Maternity Notes
Sally Giddings Head of Midwifery / Supervisor of Midwives
Kate Morse Senior Specialist Midwife
Shani Taylor Office Secretary
 
Consultation Group  
Jagjit Dhallu Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
Theresa Smyth Nurse Consultant in Diabetes, University Hospital Birmingham
Jackie Webb Diabetes Specialist Nurse Manager, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
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