Paula Bailey with Hospital’s credentialed diabetes educator Karen McSweeney.
Paula Bailey with Hospital’s credentialed diabetes educator Karen McSweeney. Renee Pilcher

Win for diabetic mums-to-be

PREGNANT women with diabetes can now access an innovative service provided by the Gympie Hospital thanks to modern technology.

The hospital’s diabetes service has introduced video conferencing to give the region’s expecting mothers like Paula Bailey access to specialists rather than have them forced to travel to Nambour or Brisbane.

Ladies can have their appointment ‘on camera’ via a video link with an endocrinologist and a midwife from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Each lady has an individual face-to-face appointment with Gympie Hospital’s credentialed diabetes educator Karen McSweeney who then links with the specialists and assists with the assessment.

“The Diabetes in Pregnancy Tele-health clinic operates at Gympie Hospital every Tuesday afternoon to assist women with pre-existing diabetes and those who have developed gestational diabetes, manage their condition throughout their pregnancy,” Mrs McSweeney said.

“The service can be utilised by ladies with diabetes for pre-pregnancy assessment, counselling and stabilisation during pregnancy.”

Mrs McSweeney said it was especially important for women who developed diabetes during pregnancy to have access to a dedicated service where they could get all the relevant information and support they needed.

Pregnancy in women with diabetes usually results in a normal delivery with no effects on the long term health of the mothers or the children. However, poorly controlled blood glucose levels during pregnancy can have long term effects for mum and bub, as well as complications during delivery.

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